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The beautiful Gregory Lake is found nestled amidst enchanting surroundings, with magnificent misty mountains and lush greenery forming the backdrop. Built in 1873 by British Governor Sir William Gregory, it was once used by the British for leisure and recreation activities such as boat rides and water sports. At present, the lake is a popular tourist attraction – considered by many to be one of Nuwara Eliya's most prominent attractions – and is an excellent spot for a quiet walk, pleasant pony ride or a peaceful boat ride into the sunset. Gregory Lake is simply a must-visit attraction when travelling in Nuwara Eliya.
Explore the lush tea estates of the beautiful Nuwara Eliya outdoors and be amazed by the spectacular scenery of the landscape. Being the heart of the country's tea industry, Nuwara Eliya's tea plantations are known for making some of the the finest teas in the world. A short visit to an estate will show travellers the fascinating process of how tea is plucked and prepared before it is ready for consumption. Travellers may also get an opportunity to sample some of the unique and distinct flavours of Sri Lankan tea. A trip to the Ceylon Tea Museum in Hantana is recommended as well.
The Nuwara Eliya Racecourse is presently the country's only venue for horse racing and is host to numerous racing events each year. It is also one of the world's highest courses, perched at an elevation of nearly 2,000 metres above sea level. Sri Lanka's annual races at the racecourse are a highly anticipated event and draw in numbers of spectators who are eager to be a part of the thrill and excitement on offer. Other events such as fashion shows and beauty pageants are also frequently hosted at the racecourse and are worth a visit.
The history of the picturesque 18-hole Nuwara Eliya golf course dates back to the 19th century when it was established by the British during their rule over Sri Lanka. The course has been impeccably maintained over years and is much loved by golfers in the country. Golf in Sri Lanka has a long and fascinating history dating years back in time to when it was first introduced to the country by the British during their rule. At present, the sport is fairly popular amongst locals and can be played at the country's three excellent golf courses – of which the Nuwara Eliya golf course is a favourite.
Horton Plains & Ambewela are immensely popular attractions in the area. Being perhaps the coolest and breeziest spot in Sri Lanka, Horton Plains will stun visitors with its distinct climate and atmosphere. This protected area features spectacular montane grasslands and forests shrouded by misty clouds and skies. World's End and Baker's Falls are two prominent attractions in the area. The small town of Ambewela is another popular attraction commonly referred to as Sri Lanka's “Little New Zealand” that is famed for its pleasant climate, as well as spectacular hills and grasslands.
The beautiful Victoria Garden is located in the heart of Nuwara Eliya and is considered to be one of the finest and best-maintained parks in the region of South Asia. Stretching over 27 acres of land, Victoria Garden was originally a research field but was later converted into a garden with the planing of an Oak tree by a visiting German princess. It was named after Queen Victoria in 1897 for her 60th Jubilee Coronation. The park is home to a plethora of flora and fauna and will delight any type of traveller.
Being the country's highest peak, Piduruthalagala is a majestic mountain that towers over the surrounding landscapes of the Central Province. Also known as Mount Pedro, Piduruthalagala is an important site for Sri Lanka's radar system. However, its peak is an extremely high security zone in Sri Lanka and is off limits to the public for visiting. The surrounding Piduruthalagala forest reserve can be visited and offers excellent scenery that provide plenty of opportunities for photography enthusiasts.
Amongst some of Sri Lanka's most beautiful sites, the Hakgala Botanical Gardens dates back to 1861 when it was first built. It was originally established as a site for the cultivation of commercial crops until it was later used for tea cultivation. It presently houses over 10,000 plant species including a vast number of beautiful orchid and rose specimens – particularly during the season of spring. The enchanting gardens are closely associated with many tales and folklore, and receives hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.