Nuwara Eliya which is an elevation of 1890 meters above the sea level is the highest city in Sri Lanka and it lies beneath the tallest peak of the island, Piduruthalagala or Mount Pedro (2555km).
Victoria Park at Nuwara Eliya
In the center of the town is the Local Central Market, south of the market is the Victoria Park spreading over an expanse of 27 acres with well-maintained shrubs and trees. The cluster of exceedingly tall eucalyptuses is a main feature therein. Although the park is closer to the city it is an ornithological hotspot. Commonly seen birds in this park are Kashmir flycatcher, Indian blue robin, Pied thrush, Dull-blue flycatcher and the yellow-eared bulbul.
Race Course and Golf Course at Nuwara Eliya
To the south of the Victoria Park is the Racecourse and behind the Race course is Lake Gregory. Nuwara Eliya’s finest Golf Course is located just opposite the Victoria park. Built in 1891 by the British colonialists in Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon, this 18-hole golf course is well maintained by the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. The club rents golf equipment and charges a fee for playing at its golf course.
Pedro and Labookele Tea Estates in Nuwara Eliya
Pedro and Labookele tea estates afford opportunities to get on-site knowledge regarding the tea industry of Sri Lanka. Located 3 km east of the Nuwara Eliya beneath a flank of Mount Pedro is the Pedro Tea Estate. The resident guide at the estate explains and elaborates on the process of growing and manufacturing Ceylon tea. Labookele tea estate which is located 20 km north of Nuwara Eliya is set at an elevation of 2000 meters. The expansive estate is fully geared to host the visitors with a tour around the entire property. The café is a fine place to enjoy a cup of Ceylon tea while having delicious slice of cake.
The Horton plains national park a UNESCO world heritage is perched on the edge of the Central Highlands midway between Nuwaraeliya and Haputale another hill country retreat, which consists of the highest plateau of Sri Lanka at 2000 feet and a paradise of bird watchers, nature lovers and hikers. The precipice that falls vertically for over 1050 meters in the park at the southern edge of the highlands to the lowlands below called world’s end is clouded with mist from 10 am onwards, particularly during April to September timing on arrival at the escarpment needs to be planned. Horton Plains can be reached from Haputale too.
Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in the mid-19th century Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. For many miles prior to reaching Nuwara Eliya from either direction you will find acres of tea plantations; in fact, nothing but tea estates. There are many factories open for visitors which also consists of tea sales outlets for you to purchase.
Nuwara Eliya Golf club
Walking distance from the town center, built in 1891 the club consists of an 18-hole golf course. You can rent clubs, shoes and buy old balls.
Lake Gregory which is spread across an area of 91.2 hectares was built by the British Colonial Governor William Gregory for the purpose of making use of water from River Nanuoya that flows past Nuwara Eliya. Boating opportunities for the visitors are made possible by the boat house at Lake Gregory.