Most who visit Sri Lanka often do not fail to make their way up to the hills from the beaches. Among the towns in the hills, Nuwara Eliya has been a popular choice among local as well as overseas visitors.
Located 6000ft above sea level, high up in the foothills of Mt. Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain, is the quaint hill station of Nuwara Eliya. Surrounded by tea plantations, beautiful waterfalls and thick forests covered with mist, it comes as no surprise that, bungalows in Nuwara Eliya the likes of Scottish Planter Glendevon Bungalow are highly sought after by those looking for a much-needed getaway from the heat and humidity of the coastal belt.
Built-in 1873 by the British governor Sir William Gregory, after whom the lake is named, the purpose of the lake was to create more space for town’s expansion. The water from the lake is what powers the town of Nuwara Eliya since 1913 when it was first directed to a hydropower plant.
Gregory Lake is known as a favourite for the visitors to hang out and chill. There are swan boats for you to paddle, jet skiing available at an hourly rate, a yacht that sails around the lake, and plenty of food stalls, benches, stone bridges and ponies to create a sense of old England.
Attractions in the vicinity
Apart from the lake, there are various other attractions in Nuwara Eliya such as the Victoria Park which again is a Colonial park opened in 1896. Strolls in this park can be relaxing. Those interested in the flora, another place worth checking out while in Nuwara Eliya would be the Hakgala Botanical Gardens which is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka.
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