Nuwara Eliya is often know as ‘Little England” and this famous old hill station does have a bit of an English countryside feeling to it with plenty of colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-looking hotels, pretty hedgerows and flowers filled gardens. Indeed, during colonial times, Nuwara Eliya was once was the preferred cool-climate escape for the industrious and partying English and Scottish planters of Sri Lanka’s tea industry.
A recent building boom has slightly ruined this and the centre of the town is as busy as any in Sri Lanka but this is still a great place to relax for a couple of days The lish green surrounding countryside covered in tea plantations, immaculate vegetable plots and rock-covered hills is very scenic. Enjoy a night out in one of Nuwara Eliya’s old hotels, play a round of golf or a enjoy a game of billiards as you take in the town’s rich historical heritage.
In the middle of the town is the local Central Market. Further south is Victoria Park covering an area of 27 acres with beautifully manicured shrubs and trees. The group of very tall eucalyptus trees is one of the main attractions. Although quite close to the city centre, Victoria Park is full of bird life and is a perfect spot for bird watchers who could probably spend hours here. River Nanu Oya that crosses the park and a several lakes help to support the native birds of Sri Lanka in addition to the migrant birds from nearby countries and regions like the Himalayas.
South of Victoria Park is the Racecourse and on the other side of the Racecourse is Lake Gregory. Nuwara Eliya’s wonderful Golf Course is also located close to Victoria Park. Built in 1891 by the British this 18-hole golf course is beautifully managed and looked after by the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club.