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5 Things to Do in Nuwara Eliya – A Scenic Journey

Located in the Central Province, Nuwara Eliya is a picturesque town in Sri Lanka that can be explored during your holiday. Set in a scenic region, this city offers many attractions for its visitors. Here are a few things you could do here.

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Marvel at St. Clair's Falls

St. Clair's Falls is affectionately called the "Little Niagara" of Sri Lanka and it is a splendid attraction to visit in Nuwara Eliya. Flowing between misty mountains draped in lush tea plantations, it continues its journey alongside Kotamale River, via Hatton-Talawakele Highway. St. Clair's Falls is a combination of two separate flows of water, identified as the Greater Falls and Lesser Falls, both of which gushes down in scenic spirals, creating beautiful backdrops for photography enthusiasts.

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Go on a Day Trip to Hakgala Botanical Gardens

Hakgala Botanical Gardens is one of the top-contenders for Nuwara Eliya sightseeing options and it certainly is a picture-perfect location for an ideal day trip. Located approximately 32 kilometres away from hotels such as the Heritance Tea Factory via Nuwara Eliya -Uda Pussellawa Road, these scenic gardens were founded in 1861 to grow Cinchona, a highly-demanded medicinal plant at the time. The present-day garden introduces its visitors to a plethora of plants ranging from trees and shrubs to creepers and a variety of other flora, thriving in its rich soil. The place is quite famous for its beautiful collection of rose and orchid plants.

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Hang out Near Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake is a scenic landmark in Nuwara Eliya and it offers a mélange of recreational opportunities for its visitors. This lake was founded by Sir William Gregory, the lake's namesake and the governor at the time, in 1873. Even though it was supposedly built to generate electricity, later on, it was transformed into a place of leisure. If you make plans to visit Nuwara Eliya in April, you could partake in the celebrations that take place around the place with the dawn of Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

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Explore Galway's Land National Park

Galway's Land National Park escapes the notice of many tourists from near and far – if you venture for about two kilometres via a path that lies close to Gregory Lake, you will be able to set your sights on this splendid national park. For a small entrance fee, you will have access to see and observe a wide variety of flora, on which lichens and mosses can be seen; these are characteristic for the plants and trees of this part of the country. The fauna in here includes rare bird species such as the Dark Blue Fly Catcher and Brown Wood Owl.

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Hike Toward Devon Falls

Devon Falls offer stunning scenery for those in the vicinity. Travellers can hike toward it starting from the twentieth milepost in Nuwara Eliya. Flowing close to a nearby town called Talawakele, this waterfall is dubbed as the "Veil of the Valley". This waterfall is named after a coffee planter from England, who owned many plantations in the adjacent areas.