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Originally known as “Mahaeliya”, in around the mid-19th Century, Horton Plains was renamed after the British governor Sir Robert Horton. Horton Plains National Park forms an undulating plateau more than 2000 meters high. This park consists of open grasslands interpenetrated with patches of umbrella-shaped montane forest patches. Slopes of Horton Plains national park comprises of the most extensive breathtaking montane cloud forests surviving in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountains namely, mount Kirigalpotta (2395m) and Totupolakanda (2359m) are visible at the edge of the plateau adding a picturesque backdrop to the park. But the most famous and stunning feature of the park is the World’s End, where the plateau comes to a sudden end, and drops straight down for 880 meters. The scenic plains of the park are excellent walking grounds for visitors. Scenic view is often obscured by mist, particularly during the rainy season from April to September, which is a part of visitor experience of the park. Park is one of the prime locations to observe large number of Sambur (Cervus unicolor). Due to the abundance of extensive grasslands for feeding and adjoining forest patches for protection provide ideal conditions for Sambur population to thrive here at the park.
A visit to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens would be the crowning glory of a tour of Nuwara Eliya. The sloping road from Nuwara Eliya to Badulla would lead to two old green gates that welcomes every visitor into one of the most alluring and beautiful gardens of Sri Lanka. The gardens were believed to be one of the highest in the world. Situated atop a slope under the peak of Hakgala rock. It was established in 1861 for the cultivation of Cinchona which was a flourishing commercial crop of the time. However once the tea industry replaced Cinchona, it was converted into a tea cultivation site. Finally being transformed into a botanical garden. The gardens were landscaped by the British who shaped the place into a spectacle of beauty, with greenery reflected by trees and a plethora of species of flowers set in the chilly climate of this hill country region. Some of the exotic species of flora originate from Netherlands, Japan, Britain and China. There are tropical species of trees, with Alpine and Palms on grasslands. The flower beds were created in decorative patterns and motifs which depict excellent garden architecture. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens have been divided into different named gardens which are Central pond and Bulb Garden, Lower Flower Garden, Rose Garden which houses large English roses, Orchid Glass House, Upper Flower Garden, Fernery, Rock Garden and Arboretum. There is a trail that connects the gardens to the Hakgala Nature Reserve which is home to diverse wildlife. The botanical garden is open daily from 8:00am to 5:30pm and the plant nursery closes at 3pm. There are wheelchairs available for hire for the disabled and feeble.
This beautiful 30m high Lovers Leap fall in Nuwara Eliya is incipient of the streams and brooks of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, the Piduruthalagala (2524m). It flows over hard granite ledges and the water is collected in a tank and used for drinking. In dry spells, the flow is languid The fall is said to derive its name from the tragic tale of a prince, who while hunting in the jungle, lost his way. He was rescued by a beautiful damsel, and the two became inseparable lovers. But the match was not to the liking of the prince’s subjects, so the two decided to immortalise their love by leaping from the top of the fall to their death.
The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is situated in Nuwara Eliya and from the region of Gregory Lake it is within the distance of 2.8 km. This Club was founded in 1889 and is amongst the oldest clubs for golf in Asia. If you are fond of golf history, Nuwara Eliya Golf Club will provide you a once in a lifetime experience. After the Ryder Cup, the second oldest golf tournament is contested at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course every year.
The Club currently has over 2,000 members. It welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities. It’s worth taking the time to explore the club to see the names of the old club members up on the wall in the wood-lined and well-stocked bar. Equipment is available to rent in the club shop and the staff will help you get kitted out. This Golf Club in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka is located at an altitude of 6,000 ft. above sea level. This course is spread across approximately land measuring upto 100 acres, which was initially built within the tea plantations belonging to this central highland area. The Nuwara Eliya golf course is a testing par 71 comprising of fairways, which are narrow and long, with dense shrubbery and tall trees on the borders. The 18-hole Nuwara Eliya Golf course is 6075 yards long. The grass that you see around on the field is local and, combined with bluegrass. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club features a lush garden, few non-smoking rooms, free WiFi and a lively bar. Also boasting a 24-hour front desk, this site also has a terrace and a restaurant. The property is located at a distance of about 10 Km from Hakgala Botanical Garden and approximately 2.09 Km from Galway's Land National Park. The clubhouse and bar has a good atmosphere to have a drink and a meal after your tour. It is known to be full of colonial history and character. Major tourist attractions near this accommodation include Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya Post Office, and Mackwoods Museum.