Gregory Lake is found a short distance away from the Nuwara Eliya town centre – and it’s well worth taking the time to visit it! This tranquil body of water is a great picnic stop and is often frequented by rare bird varieties.
A Family-Friendly Location
The lake itself is named after Sir William Gregory – a former governor of British Ceylon. It has been a premier attraction in Nuwara Eliya since the 19th century. The lake is one of the most family-friendly places to visit in the region. The quaint scenery and the calm atmosphere make it perfect for a relaxing picnic session.
Take a Boat Ride
One of the best ways to experience this fantastic attraction is via an exciting boat ride. If you prefer to take things slow and appreciate all the beauty around you, consider booking a slow swan boat for yourself. If not, you can get a rowboat or even a jet ski!
If you’re following the traditional boating paths of Gregory Lake, your tour can be broken down into three phases. You start by cruising along the entry portion. Then you’ll reach ana anicut in the lake – a great place to make a stop and enjoy the view. Finally, you’ll reach the opposite end of the lake – the opposite side of Nuwara Eliya Town.
Accommodation in Nuwara Eliya can be great – there’s plenty of options to choose from. Most of these – like Galway Heights – are found very close to Gregory Lake. This is great news if you’re a bird-watching enthusiast. You only need to step out for a bit to witness all the fantastic varieties of avifauna the lake attracts.