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History  of Nuwara Eliya roughly dates back to 1818 when Dr. John Davy discovered Nuwara Eliya as a place with a similar climate as England and also a place full of wild animals for hunting such as Elephants, and other animals and also full of Asoka trees. When the Uwa Wellassa battle was raging at this time the British had established themselves in the Kothmale area. The British then ventured out for hunting as a hobby and then suddenly found themselves in an area where the climate was very similar to England.

Sir Edward Barnes, governor from 1824 to 1831 built his home known as “Barnes Hall” which is today called the Grand Hotel. From 1831 – 1837 the governor was Sir William Horton who had written many articles about Nuwara Eliya in his many literary works In 1838 Samuel Baker, an explorer, discovered Nuwara Eliya as a place with the exact climate of England and made it into a retreat for the British colonists to retire and relax and indulge in hunting which as a favorite past time. He also introduced farming during this time. Mr Samuel Baker was also instrumental in building “Baker’s Farm, a hospital ward at the Nuwara Eliya base hospital known today as Bakers Ward.
He returned to England in 1866 due to ill health. However, recognition of his work at Nuwara Eliya the broadest water fall in Nuwara Eliya was named after him and is called “ Bakers Falls:’ In 1872, Sir William Gregory became the governor of Nuwara Eliya and further developed Nuwara Eliya to a place of beauty and a typical English climate and atmosphere and was instrumental in building the Gregory Lake from a swamp to what is today known as Gregory Lake. He also gave the message to world that Nuwara Eliya was an ideal place for agriculture and specially for coffee, Tea, Cinkona and animal farming.
I Heard that there are big billiard tables in the Grand hotel brought from London and shipped to Ceylon by Sir Edward Barns and brought to Nuwaraeliya with the help of Elephants as those tables are so heavy

Moon Plains

Moon Plains, nestled in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, is a mesmerizing destination that invites nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Located near the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya, Moon Plains offers breathtaking panoramic views of mist-shrouded valleys, lush tea plantations, and distant mountains. Visitors can embark on exhilarating treks or jeep safaris to explore this pristine wilderness, encounter diverse flora and fauna, and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sri Lankan landscape. It’s a must-visit destination for those seeking serenity and a close connection with nature in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country.

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park, situated in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, is a pristine and captivating natural reserve. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including dramatic cliffs, lush grasslands, and serene montane forests. The park is home to the famous “World’s End” viewpoint, offering breathtaking panoramic vistas over a sheer precipice. Visitors can explore a network of well-maintained hiking trails that lead to picturesque spots like Baker’s Falls and Mini World’s End. Horton Plains is a biodiversity hotspot, harboring unique flora and fauna, including the elusive Sri Lankan leopard. It’s a haven for nature enthusiasts and hikers looking to immerse themselves in the splendor of Sri Lanka’s highlands.

Lake Gregory

Lake Gregory, nestled in the heart of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, is a serene and picturesque body of water. Created during the British colonial era, it offers a peaceful escape for visitors. The lake is encircled by lush greenery and walking paths, perfect for leisurely strolls and picnics. Boating and paddle boating are popular activities, allowing you to soak in the tranquil atmosphere while surrounded by misty hills and charming colonial-era architecture.

Ambewela Farm

Ambewela Farm, nestled in Sri Lanka’s scenic highlands near Nuwara Eliya, is a renowned dairy farm. This idyllic expanse of rolling hills is famous for its high-quality dairy products, with guided tours allowing visitors to witness the milking process and explore sustainable farming practices. The farm’s cool, misty climate contributes to its exceptional dairy offerings, available for purchase at the farm shop. Ambewela Farm offers a unique agricultural experience amidst picturesque landscapes, making it a delightful stop in Sri Lanka’s hill country.

St Clair's Falls

St. Clair’s Falls, located in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, is one of the island’s most breathtaking waterfalls. With a height of 265 feet (81 meters), it ranks as one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Nestled amidst lush greenery, this natural wonder cascades down in multiple tiers, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

Sita Amman Kovil

This is the historic site where Princess Sita was held as described in Ramayana by King Rawana. It is of great significance to Hindu pilgrims visiting Sri Lanka.

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