Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) of altitude, in a splendid landscape. The city pretends to be particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British style".
Nuwara Eliya was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with red-brick walls, country house like hill club and mock-Tudor half-timbering.
Blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it's hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. Temperatures are 14C-21C (Jan- April) 16C-18C (May-Aug) 15C- 18C (Sept-Dec).

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Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. ( 115kM from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level). Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island.
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Horton Plains
Nuwara-Eliya is the town base for visits to Horton Plains National Park. The journey from Nuwara-Eliya to Horton Plains only takes an hour. Horton Plains National Park is the only Nations Park situated in the hill country and the highest plateau in the island consisting of grassland interspersed with patches of forest, with some unusual high altitude vegetation and an excellent excursion and a paradise for nature lovers, hikers and bird watching.
It falls within the Nuwara-Eliya District 200Km away fromHorton Plains Colombo, the capital city. The panoramic beauty of the hill country is witnessed within the park. The Plains are a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent walks.The grassy plains still host many other wild lives. Species found here include Leopard, Sambar and the endemic Purple-faced Langur. Endemic highland birds include Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka White-eye, and Yellow-eared Bulbul.
Horton PlainsThe most stunning place is the World's End, where the southern Horton Plains suddenly ends, and drops off to nearly 1050 meters, when is an awesome sight indeed. This shear drop offers a breathtaking view of the land below on clear days. This is a favorite place fro trekkers, as there are plenty of soft and hard trails.Horton PlainsEarly morning visits are essential, both to see the wildlife and to view World's End before mists close in during the later part of the morning.

Galway’s Land Bird Sanctuary
A beautiful land area covering an extent of 57.6 hectares of land in Nuwara Eliya had been gazetted as a Bird sanctuary in the year 1938. This bird sanctuary attracts about 20 species of very rare foreign birds and about 30 species of Sri Lankan birds. Most of the endemic bird species as well as migrant bird species could be seen at this sanctuary. In addition to the birds this park has valuable tree species of both foreign and local.

The Tea Factory
An old tea factory turned into a fine hotel is about 30-45The Tea Factory minutes away at Kandapola. Managed by one of the largest hotel chains it offers good food and excellent accommodation.

Queen Victoria Park
The Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya said to be named to comorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally the park was used as the research field of Haggala Botanical Garden which is located about 04 km away from the city centre. It is known that this park was established by planting an Oak tree by a German Princes who visited Nuwara Eliya at the latter part of the 19th Century.
The park is 27 acres in extent and about 90% of the treeQueen Victoria Park species available are those of foreign plants. Nanu Oya which flows through the park and a number of lakes within it enhances its beauty. A large number of rare bird species can be found in the park. The park is a great tourist attraction in Nuwara Eliya. It was estimated that over 100,000 local visitors as well as around 4000 – 5000 foreign tourists visit the Victoria Park every year.

Haggala Botanical Garden
10 km on the Badulla Road.The Garden was first established in 1860 under the curatorship of three Britishers of the same name - William Nock, JK Nocl and JJ Nock. It lies under the Hakgala Peak, between 5000-6000 feet in elevation - the highest set Botanical Gardens in the world. It boasts 100 year old Monetary Cypress trees from California, Japanese Cedars, Himalayan Pines and English Oak.

Beli Lena (Cave) – Kitulgala (Mahabage)
Ratnapura’s gem pits have yielded more than jewels for ornament. A glimpse into the past, no less, from the numerous fossils (vertebrate) belonging to the Pleistocene age. From these, we know that lions, hippopotami and the rhinoceros were found in Sri Lanka in times past and that our island was inhabited by a race of aborigines, whose descendants, the Veddahs, live in their own protected areas, maintaining their traditions and ancient way of life, dress, and speech; in their way, making time stand still.

Ambewela is a small town, or a hill station, located in the Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. The area is also sometimes called "Little New Zealand". The town is situated approximately 17 km (11 mi) south-east of the district capital Nuwara Eliya. Ambewela is also a service center to the New Galway tea planting district.
Ambewela is one of beautiful places of Sri Lanka and it's situated at Nuwaraeliya district. Ambewela has highest and widest grass grounds of Sri Lanka.Milko and Highland full cream milk powder factory is situated at Ambewela. One and only Sri Lankan milk powder factory is it. New Zealand farm is also at Ambewela. New Zealand farm has Cows, Bulls, Rabbits, Pigs, Hens, Cocks and gouts and many more animals and lot of products are manufactured buy Ambewela farm. Cheese, Butter and many milk products are manufactured buy it. Widest grasses ground also at Ambewela farm. You can see lot of bulls and cows in there. And getting milk using machines at 12:30 noon in Ambewela farm.

World end
One of the attraction of Horton plains is world's end. There are infact two of them. “The small world’s end” and “The big world’s end” they are about 0.8km (1/2mile) apart from each other. From these, one could see the fall to the Tea states down bellow. A merry 1000ft(328m) from the small one and a dramatic 4000ft (1312m) from the big one. From here one could get a fantastic view of the surrounding hills and the mountain ranges wreathed in mists and clouds and on clear days even the Indian ocean which is about 50 miles (81km) to the south is visible.

Race Course
Schedule your holiday to coincide with a major racing event at the Nuwara Eliya Race Course and you'll get a chance to witness the fervent local enthusiasm for the sport, as well as the frantic gambling that accompanies it. April is the best time to catch a significant event with a whole host of big race meetings coinciding with the New Year celebrations.

Adisham's Bungalow
One of the few remnants of the British Colonial, during which a Kentish gentleman built this magnificent mansion which is also influenced by post victorian architecture. Right next to it is the Tangalamalai Bird Santuary where paradise flycatchers and many more birds of the such can be seen.

Bandarawela town
Bandarawela is a most popular town in Badulla district of Sri Lanka and located at 6°50?0?N and 80°59?0?E. Bandarawela is second location to Nuwaraeliya with cool climate. Bandarawela is situated at 20Km to the Colombo side from Badulla. There are 200Km to Bandarawela from Colombo. Both Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims are live together in Bandarawela town. Bandarawela is at Center of Welimada, Attampitiya, Badulla, Wellawaya, Koslanda and Haputale. Diyathalawa, Haputale, Poonagala, Liyangahawela, Ella, Demodara, Heeloya, Helamuduna are closed areas of Bandarawela.Bandarawela is popular with education and local tourism. Large tea estates, numbers of hotels, faculties, popular schools, higher education institutes are available in Bandarawela town.

Ravana Ella Cave
Situated in the massive Ella rock, this cave is associated with Ravana, the demon King of Lanka who imprisoned Rama’s wife Sita as related in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Excavations here have revealed some human skeletons belonging to Balangoda man (Homo Sapiens Balangodensis) and tools dating from 8000 – 2500 B.C.

Bogoda Bridge
This bridge is constructed out of wood, and roofed. It is over the Gallanda Oya Water Falls. To reach here you have to take the turn from Hali Ela and proceed along Mahiyangana Road. This bridge belongs to the 16th century; you have to walk down the bridge and the adjoining temple (Bogoda Raja Maha Viharaya). There is also a cave which is believed to be King Walagamba’s hideout.

Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
This viaduct was built at Gotuwala between the two railway stations - Ella and Demodara during the British Colonial period is the largest in Sri Lanka. Located almost 3100 feet above the sea level, this 99.6ft high bridge is called "Ahas namaye palama" (Nine skies bridge) in Sinhala. When one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of 'nine skies' through the nine arches, hence the Sinhala name. This bridge is also called 'The Bridge in the sky' due to the sheer hight.This massive bridge is built entirely of solid rocks, bricks and cement without using a single piece of steel. The bridge was finally commissioned in 1921.
One end of this curved 9 arch bridge is a tunnel, in one of my pictures the tunnel is visible (click here). There is a popular story to say that when construction work was commenced on the bridge, the World War 1 broke-out and the steel consignment assigned for this site was seized and was used for war related projects. When the work came to a standstill the locals came forward and build the bridge with solid stone bricks and cement without steel.

Victoria Dam
Victoria Dam is an arch dam located 130 mi (209 km) upstream of the Mahaweli River's mouth and 4 mi (6 km) from Teldeniya. Its main purposes are irrigation and hydroelectric power production. It is the tallest dam in Sri Lanka, and supports a 210 MW power station, the largest hydroelectric power station in the country. Construction of the dam commenced in 1978, and was ceremonially completed by former President Jayewardene in April 1985.

Ella Rock
The hike was rough (see below for details of our route). After walking along railroad tracks, we found a path which leads up to a tea plantation and then onto the rock. Along the way, we encountered five locals who wanted to guide us up. It’s part of the system here: almost every tourist that goes up Ella Rock will have a local guide attached, who expects a tip at the summit.

Pattipola Railway station
Pattipola Railway station is highest railway station of Sri Lanka and which is situated at border of Nuwaraeliya district. In earlier time it was situated at Badulla district. Pattipola is high 1892 meters above sea level. There is a place which is most highest in Sri Lankan railway is situated at near Pattipola railway station. That point is called Summit level and it is high 1898m above sea level. Summit level is at 3km to Ohiya side from Pattipola railway station. One of the main entrance to Hortan plains is at via Pattipola town and there fore number of visitors arive to Pattipola daily. There are 10.5km to entrance gate of Horton plains.

Balangoda Cave
The ape man known as Balangoda Manawaya had lived in caves in many parts of Sri Lanka; Beli lena, Batadomba lena, Bellanpendipellessa and Pahiyangala are some of these.The Beli lena caves (cave of shells) also known as Balangoda Manawaya's caves reveal an important landmark in the history of human paleontology as they reveal remains of primitive man.About 15 years ago, archaeologists found the skeleton of a child dated as being 28,500 years old.

Dhowa rock temple
Dhowa rock Temple is one of the heritage sites in Sri Lanka, situated in central mountain of Uva province. Dhowa is small ancient village which is situated on Badulla, Bandarawela main road. This Temple is situated 210 km east of Colombo and 120 km south of Kandy.
The Dowa rock temple could be considered as a Mahayana Sculpture with a huge unfinished Buddha image carved into the rock face. The temple dates back to Before Christ times. It has been built safely inside a ring of mountains. A beautiful river is flown across the plateau. Hence, the area had earned the name, Dowa.It is believed, the temple bears a history dating back to about 2,000 years.In the olden days the Dowa Temple was known as the Kumbaltissa Ariyagala Vehera. It had been named after its Chief Priest who had served as a sanctuary for King Walagamba and thus he turned the cave into a temple.The work of the temple had not been completed during the reign of King Walagamba.But the work had been fully completed during the Kandyan Kingdom.

Maligawila Buddha statue
The Maligawila Buddha statue is a standing figure of the Buddha in Sri Lanka, which has been carved out of a large limestone rock during the 7th century by a prince named Aggabodhi. It is the tallest free-standing ancient statue of the Buddha found in the country. It had been broken into several pieces by the time it was found in 1951. The statue was reconstructed and raised again in 1980 under the direction of the then president Ranasinghe Premadasa.

Dematamal Vihara
The viharaya has become increasingly important because of the historical findings within the monastery premises. The other reason is the historical background dating back to the times of the two Princes Dutugemunu and Tissa.The early period of the viharaya can be dated to the times of King Mahanaga who ruled Ruhuna in the 3rd century BC. The buildings of the viharaya went into ruins and King Kavantissa, father of Prince Dutugemunu and Prince Tissa, whose suzerainty extended from Magampathuwa renovated the viharaya to its former state.

Namunukula is a mountain at Badulla district of Sri Lanka and closed to Monaragala District. Main peak of Namunukula is hight about 6600Ft. Namunukula willl become lovers mountain of students of University Of Uva Wellassa Sri Lanka. Namunukula town is at between Badulla, Ella and Passara towns. Namunula is popular as good obeseravation point in up country, Main mountain of Sri Lanka and tea plantation. Namunukula Plantation is also very much popular and listed in CSE.

Gem Mining at Ratnapura
Mining of gems in Sri Lanka, also known by the name of Ratna Deepa (Sinhala: The Island of Gems) in the ancient times, is woven in to the history of Sri Lanka, goes back at least to 2000 years. The Mahavansa, the ancient chronicle of Sri Lanka too mentioned about gems and jewelry on several occasions. A sizeable community at Ratnapura is engaged in the Gem Trade. Mechanized gem mining being banned in Sri Lanka, unearthing gemstones at Ratnapura is an unsophisticated and small-scale affair done in traditional methods.