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Nuwara Eliya

The Nuwara Eliya the mountain resort It’s a land of peace, and silence. The British tea planters created a little England in Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya was called the hill station by the English. This is a very picturesque location almost1950 Meters above sea level with its soft English spring climate. The town is decorated with buildings of Colonial British era The weather in Nuwara Eliya cool The nostalgia of the empire builders is reflected in Nuwara Eliya. The town is decorated with buildings ranging in style from Georgian to Queen Anne. Parks, trout streams, an 18 hole golf course complete with gorse, the post office with the clock spire, the Anglican Church with a lych – gate, and the Hill Club, with its hunting prints, stuffed fish and polished oak.Trinity Church in Nuwara Eliya

Horton Plains

Clad in mist, located on a high windswept saddle at almost 2,134 metres the Horton Plains are an expanse of misty grassland, rare and beautiful plants, ice cold streams, and of course, the delightful baker’s Falls. The World’s End is the high point of an excursion to Hortons Plains as it commands a most magnificent view in all of Sri Lanka. The sheer drop from World’s End is around 1700 metres, and on clear days the view stretches as far as the Indian Ocean. An exhilarating, beautiful excursion from Nuwara Eliya (27 km.) it forms the eastern extremity of the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary.

Hakgala Botanical Garden

On your holiday trip to Sri Lanka, you must visit Hakgala Botanical Gardens situated near Nuwara Eliya. This botanical garden is definitely interesting not only to the botanist but also to the layman. Because of the tropical climate and huge diversity in the topography tropical and sub-tropical trees grow here with abandon. The plentiful underbrush and tall trees of the tropical forest contrast sharply with the arid scrub land and talipot palms of the dry north. You will be able to see varieties like the almost treeless patnas of Horton Plains to the dark forests, wreathed with the Old Man’s Beard Moss. Other exotic varieties are Poincianan regia, the white Mesua ferrera and the cherry blossom-like Tebebuia, Vanda and Wesak Orchids. Masses of Na Tree (Mesua nagassarium) and the BlueWater Lily (Nymphaea stellatacas) are found here.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens site has a legend attached to it. According to the legend, it was the pleasure garden of King Ravana of the epic Ramayana, and it may have been the place where Sita, the consort of Lord Ram, was hidden. In 1860, the botanic gardens in its present form were founded by the distinguished British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens is suitable for decorative and more useful temperate zone plants. There is an huge array of pine trees here. You will be able to see conifers and cedars from Australia, Bermuda and Japan, and cypresses from the Himalayas, China, Persia, Mexico and California. The botanical garden has an English oak as well as a camphor tree. Camphor trees are usually found in regions above 12,000m above the sea level.

Hakgala Botanical Garden as an extensive rose garden where you will be able to see and admire the infinite varieties. Montane orchids too have their home in this garden, there are also infinite varieties of orchids here.

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