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Attractions in Nuwara Eliya – Discovering the Charms of "Little England"

Known as "Little England" due to its cool climes and English style bungalows, Nuwara Eliya in the hill country of Sri Lanka offers much enchantment. Here are some key attractions one can visit.


Victoria Park

A perfect place to enjoy rest and relaxation amidst picturesque scenery, Victoria Park offers a wonderful idyllic escape for families, couples or travellers in search for some alone time amidst true tranquillity. The park is known for its vibrant flowers which are a sight to see when in full bloom. Victoria Park also offers some great bird watching opportunities, while one of the highlights here, especially for younger visitors, is the mini train ride.


Moon Plains

A visit to Moon Plains is like traversing to a foreign land with mountain landscapes and mist shrouded horizons reminiscent of what one may see in New Zealand. Set amidst tea estates, farmlands and forest reserves, the Moon Plains is surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain ranges that combine to give the area an almost ethereal feel to it. Look to stay at Nuwara Eliya bungalows in the region so you can soak up the breathtaking beauty of Sri Lanka's hill country.


Lake Gregory

One of the most popular attractions in the region, Lake Gregory is a picturesque haven where one can have a fun day out. Those finding accommodation in Nuwara Eliya at properties such as Scottish Planter Glendevon Bungalow, can plan a trip to Lake Gregory where visitors can have a picnic by the serene waters. The lake which was named after Governor William Gregory also offers recreational activities; one can take a leisurely paddle-boat ride and take in the peace and quiet, while kids can enjoy horse rides too.


Tea Estates

The hill country is known for its lush tea estates and if you are staying in Nuwara Eliya make sure to visit one. While capturing photos of lush tea covering the landscape is picturesque indeed, there is nothing like walking amidst the tea bushes and if you are lucky, even witnessing tea pluckers in action. Certain estates will offer you a tour as well where you can learn more about the tea growing, plucking and drying process. Best of all, some of them even give you a chance to sample the revitalising taste of a freshly brewed cuppa.


Hakgala Botanical Garden

One of Sri Lanka's most well known gardens, the Hakgala Botanical Garden is a must visit site for those heading to Nuwara Eliya. Set at a high elevation amidst the magical natural wonder of the mountains, this captivatingly beautiful garden has truly colourful displays of a wide range of floral species. Spread across a wide area, Hakgala is known for its varied sections, each offering something different to see and experience. Of note are the various kinds of roses and orchids that can be found here. While here, also look to visit the Arboretum, Fernery, Rock Garden and Rose Garden which are amongst the popular places to explore.

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