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Located 150 km from Colombo lies Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s coldest city. The name “Nuwara Eliya” means city on the plain or the city of lights. It is most definitely one of the most visited tourist locations in all of Sri Lanka. Due to its high elevation above sea level (1890 m) it is the highest located city in Sri Lanka. The city was discovered by a British colonial civil servant, John Davy in the year 1819. But it took another 10 years for the British to realize Nuwara Eliya’s potential. In 1847 Nuwara Eliya was developed into a coffee planting center. It was in the 1870’s that tea plantation was introduced into Nuwara Eliya. There are several ways to reach Nuwara Eliya, you can take a
Hakgala Botanical Gardens: It is the Second largest botanical garden In Srilanka. Founded in the year 1861 it is situated 16 km away from Nuwara Eliya.
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Gregory’s Lake: It is a reservoir made by British Colonial governor William Gregory. The purpose of this Reservoir was to make use of the water from the Nanu Oya River.
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Victoria Park: Named after Queen Victoria, Victoria Park was originally a research field of Haggala Botanical Garden.This is an excellent bird watcher area in Sri Lanka
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Ambewela Farm: Also known as “Little New Zealand”. Ambewela farm houses cows, goats and many other farm animals. You can also purchase some of Sri Lanka’s best fresh dairy products here.
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Seetha Amman Temple: It is the location where Sita was held captive by Ravana according to the Ramayana Story. It is a very religious and Historic attraction.
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Horton Plains: It is a UNESCO world heritage. It is an excellent location to visit for nature lovers, Hikers, and Birdwatchers.
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