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Explore Nuwara Eliya

Parks & nature in Nuwara Eliya

Botanical Garden
“ Just 20 minutes (9.8km) by tuk tuk is Hakgala Botanical Garden, one of five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka and said to be the highest botanical garden in the world. ”
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Park
“Next to Nuwara Eliya’s vintage post office is Victoria Park. Just 15-20 minutes (1.6km) on foot from Laughing Leopard, the park is open everyday 7am-7pm.”
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Lake
“A humongous Lake bounded by the greenery and covered with a mist at early mornings is what you will see here. But that is now – before 1827 the entire area was a swamp with streams which had water throughout the year where the British Governor Sir William Gregory converted it to Lake Gregory in 1873. The highest peak of Sri Lanka, Piduruthalagala streamed down the Thalagala River and Sir Gregory decided on damning it but years past with several additions and renovations to it including the Hydro Power station at Naanu Oya where eh waters of the Gregory lake were directed via a tunnel.”
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Park
“Laying a few kilo meters east of the main town is a montage forest called Galway’s land. This little patch of land is famous for its bird life, which includes 10 Sri Lankan endemics. It also offers the visitor to view wild boar, barking deer, giant squirrel and other animals. For the more adventurous visitor this is an ideal place to visit as it can be reached on a walking trail.”
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Mountain
“ The highest mountain in Sri Lanka is Piduruthalagala or Mt. Pedro, the hike start point is about a 25-minute walk (1.6km) from the hostel. From its peak there are excellent views as far as Sigiriya. ”
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