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Nuwara Eliya

Charmingly called “Little England”, Nuwara Eliya is only a few hours from Colombo. This place is completely different from the rest of Sri Lanka, and serves as the perfect spot to relax. A quiet place with breathtaking sceneries, Nuwara Eliya with its picturesque landscape and temperate climate makes for a perfect escape. The place has a vague British country village feel to it; with its colonial era bungalows, Tudor style hotels, and well tended hedgegrows and pretty gardens.

Charmingly called “Little England”, Nuwara Eliya is only a few hours from Colombo. This place is completely different from the rest of Sri Lanka, and serves as the perfect spot to relax. A quiet place with breathtaking sceneries, Nuwara Eliya with its picturesque landscape and temperate climate makes for a perfect escape. The place has a vague British country village feel to it; with its colonial era bungalows, Tudor style hotels, and well tended hedgegrows and pretty gardens.

Attractions

Victoria Park
Victoria Park is one of the many leisure attractions in Nuwara Eliya. This huge park is very well maintained, and is also named the best maintained park in all of South Asia. What adds mood to the place is its huge flowers and ferries and swings.

Pedro Tea Estate
Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka has few tea plantations, which make for a perfect visit. A guided tour of the tea factories lets you experience and enjoy the process that goes in to create this simple drink. Overlooking the plantations is a pleasant teahouse. They also let visitors go around the plantation sites and enjoy the aroma and the beauty. It can be reached by local buses or rickshaw.

Hakgala Gardens
The Hakgala Gardens are a peaceful retreat with several gardens to explore from. Housing a fine rose garden, a Japanese garden, an orchid collection, cedars and giant cypresses, this Hakgala Gardens are among the must visit attractions. The gardens hold a mythological story behind it, according to which Hanuman, the monkey God was sent by Lord Rama to the Himalayas to find a medicinal herb. He forgot which herb he was looking for and decided to bring a chunk of the Himalayas back in his jaw, hoping the herb was growing on it. The gardens grow on a rock called Hakgala, which means ‘jaw-rock’.

Lover’s Leap
A brief walk from the waterfall to the tea factory on Pedro Estate introduces you to yet another kind of Love. As strong and unrelenting as the love of the legendary prince and his beloved this Love appears in the form of underlying passion to produce a brand of tea which too, is called Lover's Leap.

Gregory Lake
One of the must visit places in Nuwara Eliya is the Gregory Lake, which is situated away from the centre of the town. This beautiful lake has various options like rowing, houseboats, food stalls, and a few games for the children. People come here to relax, and enjoy small picnic. The scenic beauty is also gorgeous.

Seetha Amman Temple
Situated 7km southeast of Nuwara Eliya, this colourful Hindu Temple is believed to be the spot where Sita was held captive by Ravana. This place is believed to be the place where she used to pray daily for Lord Rama to come and rescue her.

Bale Bazaar
Popularly known as the winter market, Bale Bazaar is one of the prominent places to visit in Nuwara Eliya town. It is a cheap market and has a huge variety of winter wear which is fun buy or to just roam around.

Galway’s Land National Park
Galway’s Land is one of Sri Lanka’s newest and smallest national parks. It is a dense patch of montane forest, and is renowned for its birdlife, housing 10 Sri Lankan endemics, as well as buffalo, wild boar, barking deer and other mammals.

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