Nuwara Eliya is one of the hill country destinations of Sri Lanka that is often referred to as Little England due to the cooler climate and the colonial influence felt through out the town.Even the Nuwara Eliya accommodation has a strong influence of the British.The mountains surrounding and in the town are covered with green tea plantations that are bring solace to the eyes.
There are some key attractions to see in Nuwara Eliya one which is often visited by most people is Haggala gardens. The gardens are a little away from the town. If you are staying at one of the nearby hotels such as the Heritance Tea Factory; most help desks will be more than willing to arrange for you to get to the gardens.
The gardens were established to curb Malaria in Sri Lanka as cinchona plant was cultivated here. This plant was used in the treatment of Malaria. It was established in 1860. Famous British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites was responsible for the establishment of the gardens. The gardens have subtropical climate ranging between 15 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit the gardens is April as this is when most of the roses and foliage are at their prime. The garden is located on the foothill of the Hag gala rock and the higher up you go you could catch a glimpse of the Namunukula mountain ranges. There are different parts of the garden dedicated to different species of plants. There are flower gardens , rose gardens , fernery , rock gardens , Japanese gardens among others.
The gardens remain open throughout the year from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm and on the way to the gardens, one can see some of the other attractions around Nuwara Eliya such as the Sita Eliya temple.
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