Nuwara Eliya or Little England is a city located in the dale of central hills. It is situated 1868m above the sea level in Nuwara Eliya district. The speciality in this city is that it possesses the climate of a foreign country. That’s why this city is also known as Little England. In this little England, we can find most of the European fruits and vegetables. Most people carry out these plantations for economical purposes and also as a hobby. Furthermore, there are many products related to the tea industry in this city.
Nuwara Eliya city was found by Samuel Berker during British reign. As this city holds a mild and pleasant climate which replicate the climate of Britain, the British used this city for Playing the infamous Cricket, Horse racing, and also to play Polo. Even though this city was found in the 19th century by the British, the geological evidence declares the existence of the pre-historic man. Most of the buildings in Nuwara Eliya were made by the British architects during the British reign. And therefore most of the modern constructions also bears a British housing trend.
Places you must visit in Nuwara Eliya.
The Lake Gregory
The Lake Gregory which is situated in the middle of the city of Nuwara Eliya mesmerizes everyone who catches a glimpse of it. Sir William Gregory who was appointed as the governor for Sri Lanka in 1842 chose Nuwara Eliya to carry out his governance. With his intervention, this lake was constructed. And due to that reason, this Lake was named after him.
Sita Amman Kovil
This Kovil is also known as Hanuman Kovil which is located in the SithaEliya area. It falls in Badulla- Nuwara Eliya main road at about 1km from Haggala. According to Ramayana, the history states that princess Sita was kidnapped and was kept captive in this place.
Haggala Botanical Garden
Haggala Botanical Garden is the second largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. It is situated in Badulla Nuwara Eliya road at about 6km from Nuwaraeliya. It was installed in 1861 during British reign and has a cold climate. This Botanical garden holds about 10000 different plant species and about 50000 local and foreign tourists visit this place per year.
St Claire Falls
This waterfall which is started from Kothmale river with a height of 80m is situated in Nuwara Eliya. And it was written in history that this name was given by an English Planter in order to commemorate his girlfriend Jennifer Claire.