If you prefer cycling but aren't so keen on struggling with uphill climbs, there are many interesting trails in the lowlands of Sri Lanka that take you through a beautiful landscape of tea, rubber and spice plantations or even the ancient capital of POLONNARUWA .
This important and revered Hindu temple, built by the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka and dedicated to Hanuman, commemorates the legendary conflict between Rama and King Ravana. The temple houses for 16ft statue of Hanuman, a central character in the Hindu epic Ramayana, and depicted by some sacred texts as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The Sri Lanka branch of the Chinmaya mission, committed to promoting the Ramayana philosophy as well as Ramayana Trail pilgrimages. While Hanuman has not traditionally been as popular among Sri Lankan Tamils as he is in India, in recent times Hindu missionaries and local Tamil spiritual leaders began building Hanuman shrines here too.
Legend has it that the colourful Hindu Seetha Amman Temple at Sita Eliya marks the spot where Sita prayed for Rama to rescue her when she was held captive by the demon king Rawana. Many Tamil wedding parties make a point to stop here for puja, gathering by the rock face across a stream where circular depressions are said to be the footprints of Rawana’s elephant. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism has plans to make the temple complex an official pilgrimage site based on claims that the story is not merely a legend, but that Sita really was imprisoned here.
This quintessentially British church was visited by Queen Elizabeth when she came to Nuwara Eliya during her 1954 official visit to Sri Lanka. To commemorate what by all accounts she considered a special highlight, the Queen later gifted the church a royal-blue carpet and beautiful stained-glass window. She was reportedly particularly intrigued by the church’s huge (and sadly now defunct) pipe organ and the two old lych-gates, where planters who rode to church would dismount. The first wedding at the church was of a Ceylonese couple, and the first baptism was of the daughter of a soldier in the 95th Light Infantry, both in 1843.
Ambewela farms are made up of two farms, Ambewela Farm and New Zealand Farm. Because of the perfect climate in the hill country, it boasts its superior breed of cattle, modern technology and top quality pastures where cattle graze freely. The farms have purebred cattle from Ayreshire and New Zealand. In order to maintain the quality of milk from the cows, the farm management takes great care to provide them with a balanced diet and sterilized water. They are also given excellent healthcare on a 24-hour basis. The largest grasslands of Sri Lanka are also a part of the Ambewela farms. In addition to the cattle, it has rabbits, pigs and goats.
World's End is located in Horton Plains National Park of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. It is a sheer cliff, with a drop of about 4,000 feet (1,200 m). It is one of the most visited parts of Horton Plains National Park. It is one of a key tourist attraction places in Sri Lanka. 1 km away from the main cliff is a smaller cliff with a 1,000 feet (300 m) drop, known as Small World's End. The Indian Ocean, which is 81 km away to the south, can be seen on clear days.
Lover's Leap waterfall is at Nuwaraeliya district and it's only waterfall which is closest to Nuwaraeliya town. Lover's leap is not a large waterfall but it's very beautiful. In April month lovers' leap falls is very famous in local and foreign visitors. Main access road of this waterfalls is from Magastota place and lake side way. Gregory lake side place is good view point of this waterfall. There are less than 2km from Nuwaraeliya town to this waterfalls.
This spectacular lake in the center of Nuwara Eliya was built by a former British governor in 1873, and is now a favorite attraction and amenity for residents and visitors alike. It also provides a landing strip for increasingly popular seaplane taxi and air-born sightseeing services, as well as regular flights between Nuwara Eliya and the capital city of Colombo. Amenities include swan-boat rides, pony rides, paddle boats and jet skiing, while paved walkways and bike paths run through gardens that feature hedges are trimmed into shapes such as birds and animals.
Over 10,000 plant species are found at what is one of Sri Lanka’s best-known botanical gardens, originally created to cultivate cinchona, the bark of which yields quinine, once the only treatment for malaria. Today, the garden is famous for its orchids and roses, as well as temperate plants such as conifers and cedars from Australia, Bermuda and Japan, and cypresses from the Himalayas, China, Persia, Mexico and California. Visitors are encouraged to explore the site, which adjoins the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve and is the second-largest of five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka, the others being Peradeniya, Henarathgoda, Mirijjawila and Seetawaka.
The Victoria Park in Nuwara Eliya, originally the research field for the adjoining Hakgala Botanical Garden, is renowned as being one of the best public parks in South Asia. Renamed in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the colorful plants, trees, stone-flagged paths and verdant lawns are a favourite of visitors and local residents alike. It is alive with flowers from around March to May, and August through September, and is home to many Hill Country bird species, including the Kashmir flycatcher, Indian pitta and grey tit. At the far end of the park is a miniature train and small children’s playground.
St. Clair's Falls, named after a nearby tea estate and known as the ‘Little Niagara of Sri Lanka’, is one of the widest waterfalls in the country. At 260ft, it is the 20th highest in Sri Lanka and actually comprises two separate falls, Maha Ella (Sinhalese for The Greater Fall) and Kuda E
Galway's Land is one of the most significant bird-watching habitats in the country, as well as being a much-prized wildlife park and dense montane forest ecosystem. Such ecosystems are found in mountain and hill countries where the climate gets colder as elevations increase and the forest changes to grasslands or tundra. This Galway’s Land provides an ideal habitat for about 20 very rare migrant and 30 native bird species, as well as an abundance of flowering plants. It is also home to wild boar, barking deer and other mammals, many of which can be seen from the park’s established walking trails.
Bakers waterfall is at Horton plains of Nuwaraeliya district Sri Lanka. Bakers is a one of most beautiful waterfalls of Sri Lanka. Bakers waterfalls at between Entrance and Worlds end gap of Horton plains. Horton plains is highest plain and widest grass lands of Sri Lanka. Horton plains is situated between Nuwaraeliya, Badulla and Rathnapura districts. Bakers is a one of the most beautiful places of Hortaon plains
Moon Plains has been just opened to the public 2 months ago! It takes 10 min to get to the entrance from the town...drive along Lake Gregory & turn off at Magastota (tiny junction) to get to the Govt Potato Farm through which you gain entry to Moon Plains.
Of the many tea plantations surrounding Nuwara Eliya, the Pedro estate is perhaps the best known and most accommodating. They are more than happy to give guided tours to parties or individuals, and will proudly show of the factory, built in 1885 and still packed with 19th-century engineering. Pedro tea is renowned for its light and delicate flavor much favoured in Europe and Japan. In 2013 its ‘Lovers Leap’ brand, associated with the nearby waterfall of the same name, set a record price per kilo. Which is appropriate, for the Pedro estate was the first and only tea garden owned by James Taylor, the pioneer of tea industry in Sri Lanka.
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