Step in to the balcony and widen your eyes to drink in the wonderful panoramic view of the best features of Nuwara Eliya.
The scenery is overwhelming to your left you’ll be delighted with the wonderful ambience that is forever projecting from the Nuwara Eliya town. While the town comes alive with unbreakable chain of musical shows and carnivals of great pleasure, the centre of your vision is graced with the very famous Race Course ground that is brimming with horse power and nail biting spectators. That’s not the end of the story if you tilt your head a little bit to the right the calmness of the silvery glow of Gregory Lake will clear away the emotions and take you to a moment of complete.
The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. In Sinhala, the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains. Stone tools dating back to Balangoda culture have been found here. The plains' vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer feature as typical mammals and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains.
Gregory Lake was built during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya. Visitors come here and spent some time by the lake and relax while being used as a place for water sports and for recreational activities during the British time. Now, the Gregory Lake gets crowded during the April tourist season. With the recent face upliftment in Nuwara Eliya area, many recreation facilities introduced around the Gregory lake area. You can buy a ticket and visit the Lake Park and enjoy your evening by the lake. If you like to have a boat ride, you can find several people offering that service. If you like to ride your own, there are two seater Swan Boats for hire. Kids may like to have a pony ride.
Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other four are Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden and Seetawaka Botanical Garden. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. The garden is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. The gardens are famed for their roses and orchids. It has a peak of visitors in the local spring season since most plants are in bloom at the time. The legendary Indian folktale ‘Ramayana’ states that Sita, the wife of Rama, was abducted and imprisoned in this area by the Demon King Ravana who ruled Sri Lanka. The Hakgala garden was supposed to have been a pleasure garden gifted to Sita by the Demon King in an attempt to lessen her sorrow.