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Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya is located in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. Home of the famous Ceylon tea and the rolling mountains are carpeted of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The cellubrious climate, misty glens and similar to the British climate, make the place a must to include in your travel itinerary. Located at the height of 1890 meters above sea level Temperatures are 140C-210C (Jan- April) 160C-180C (May-Aug) 150C- 180C (Sept-Dec).Roads to Nuwara Eliya - From Colombo, there are two main routes to get to Nuwara Eliya - via Kandy or via Hatton.Lake Gregory - An artificial lake in the southern part of the town.Sita Temple - One and a half km. before Hakgala is another place connected to the Ramayana. A temple now stands at the spot where Sita, wife of the Hindu epic hero Rama is said to have been imprisoned by the demon king Ravana.Pidurutalagala - 2524 meters tall and the island’s highest peak. North of the town on the Gampola road it can be climbed in two hours but the state owned television tower at its summit is guarded by soldiers, who will not give permission, to pass its boundaries.Hakgala Gardens - 10 km on the Badulla Road an ornamental garden associated with the Hindu epic Ramayana it is a scenic place with paths, shrubbery, ferneries, shady groves, lush foliage and flowers.Where plants and trees from around the world, are seen in one place, Hakgala Botanical Gardens just 10km away from Nuwara Eliya City Hakgala is one of the places one visits as an essential part of a pleasant journey in the famous hill resort of Nuwara Eliya. The site is legendary. It was once the pleasure garden of Ravana of the Ramayana epic and according to many; it was one of the places where beautiful Sitha was hidden by the demon king. The present botanical gardens were founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites who was the superintendent of more famous gardens at Peradeniya, near Kandy. An English oak, introduced around 1890, commemorates the "hearts of oak" of Britain's vaunted sea power, and there is a good-looking specimen of the camphor tree, whose habitat is usually in regions above 12,000m. Where the sights and scents of these glorious blooms can be experienced in their infinite variety From there it is a quiet stroll from the sublime to the exotic sophistication of the orchid House. A special attraction here is the verity of mountain orchids, many of them endemic to Sri Lanka. It would be in the worst possible taste to describe the Fernery as a collection of "vascular cryptograms" But that is how the dictionary describes the plant whose delicate fronds conjure up visions of misty grottoes, lichen-covered stones and meandering streams. The Fernery at Hakgala is a shady harbour of many quiet walks, in the shade of the Hakgala Rock, shaped like the jawbone of an elephant, from which the place gets its name. Sri Lanka's ferns are well represented here, as are those of Australia and New Zealand.Hakgala is a temperate hill-country garden where also the languid low-country lotus and water lily floats in their serene loveliness. Pinks and blues emerging from a flat- floating background of lush leaves, recall the calm of yellow-robed monks, white-clad, devotees and flickering oil lamps. In time, the highlands bracing breezes dispel the languor of lotus land and even cause a shiver as a temperature lowers. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens is one of the lovely contrasts of Sri Lanka, a home to plants and trees from around the world, making them seem to be a part of the scenic beauty.Horton Plains - Sri Lanka’s only mountain national park, the Horton Plains offers incomparable access to tropical mountain cloud forest. Located 2,1002,300 m above sea level, the park is 3,162 ha in extent, Horton Plains is now one of Sri Lanka’s most visited national parks, and the only one in which visitors are permitted to tour on foot.Tea Factories & Plantations - Any visit to Nuwara Eliya is incomplete without an excursion to any one of the numerous tea factories that dot its pretty landscape. Here a guide will show you the various processes which tea leaves go through before finding their way into a steaming pot of fragrant high grown tea.Nuwara Eliya is a small town, located way up in the mountains in the south central part of Sri Lanka. In fact, it is the highest major town in the island, and over 6,000 feet above sea level. This makes for a very pleasant climate - not too much different than the end of a Canadian summer.Nuwara Eliya is very reminiscent of the colonial days and still has a British feel to it. It is also the centre of the tea-growing industry and agriculture in Sri Lanka. Every inch of the hills around it is covered with tea plants or terraced vegetable gardens.

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