Dubbed the ‘Little England of Sri Lanka’, Nuwara Eliya is located in the thick, misty hills of this paradise isle, 180km (112 miles) away from Colombo. Diyanillakelle Estate Bungalow is situated in the heart of Lindula, a suburban town in Nuwara Eliya surrounded by lush greenery. In all honesty, there is so much to see and do in this beautiful city.
Some of the frequent Touring locations include the lovely Queen Victoria Park and the Gregory Lake, the legendary Hakgala botanical garden, Galway Land bird sanctuary, the misty landscapes of Horton Plains as well as tea factories where one can obtain an up-close perspective on how your cup of tea originates. The area is also ideal for hiking. The month of April marks the Nuwara Eliya ‘season’.
Royal Turf Club in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka is the only remaining horse racing venue in Sri Lanka. Situated 1,868 metres above sea level, it is is one of the highest in the world. The track has a circumference of 1,800 metres with a 333-metre straight. The Governor’s Cup race is held over the April Sinhala and Tamil New Year season annually.
Distance for the Bungalow: 22Km
Once in Nuwara Eliya, you don’t want to miss out on one of its icons; Gregory Lake, which sits in the middle of Nuwara Eliya. There is a calm park next to it with walkways and benches to rest on. There are horses roaming which are offered for rides, plus for a few hundred rupees, tourists can take a 20-minute speedboat ride on the lake.
Distance for the Bungalow: 23Km
Situated next to Nuwara Eliya Post Office, the lush green Victoria Park in Nuwara Eliya is a great place to spend a lovely evening in the city and remains the main park in the area. Spread across 27 acres of land and full of foreign trees and flowers the Victoria Park was named in honour of Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee coronation in 1897.
Galway’s Land National Park is a small national park situated within the city limits of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka, declared as a wildlife sanctuary on 27 May 1938. The Galway’s Land was elevated to the national park status on 18 May 2006 to conserve the montane ecosystems.
St. Clair’s Falls is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is commonly known as the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka”. The falls are situated 3 kilometres west of the town of Talawakele and ,ost conveniently seen by the travelers on Hatton – Talawakelle Road.
Distance for the Bungalow: 13Km
Devon Falls, known as the ‘Veil of the Valley’, is a beautiful waterfall in Sri Lanka, situated 6 km west of Talawakele, Nuwara Eliya. It is one of the most popular waterfalls in the country named after British coffee planter Devon, whose plantations are just around the corner of the fall. It can be seen all the way up to the main Talawakelle to Hatton road.
Distance for the Bungalow: 15Km
Diyaluma Falls is 220 m high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is situated 6 km away from Koslanda in Badulla District. Cascading down an escarpment of the Koslanda Plateau, the falls leap over a cliff face and plunge (in one clear drop) to a pool below. It’s more impressive in the rainy season.
Located in the Nuwara Eliya district and 3 kilometres away from the main entrance of Horton Plains national park, Baker’s falls sits majestic and stunning. Named after late Sir Samuel Baker, a very famous British explorer and game hunter during the British colonial period, the hike to the falls yields stunning views of Horton Plains. The waterfall is surrounded by a thick forest, tree ferns and montane shrub.
Situated at the highest point of the mountainous lush hill country, Nanuoya waterfall is about 60 meters in height (197 ft) and provides a picturesque view to the hill country traveller by train. The Nanu Oya Ella Fall is situated in Nanu Oya, approximately 6km from Nuwara Eliya and consists of two sections which is truly a magnificent sight for the eye.
Dunsinane Falls is a waterfall in Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. It is situated in Pundaluoya village and between the Tea estates known as Dunsinan and Shin. Therefore, sometimes this falls is called as Dunsinance Shine falls.
Bomburu Ella Falls, is located near the border of Nuwara Eliya and Badulla districts. Bomburu Ella Falls is the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka and consists of several small waterfalls grouped together.
Distance for the Bungalow: 37Km
The Nuwara Eliya Golf 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 Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is instilled with an unparalleled tradition and ambiance.
Distance for the Bungalow: 24Km
The Moon Plains are home to many wildlife elk, wild buffaloes, dear, the occasional leopard and many types of birds. However, the main point of interest is the viewpoint of the ‘Mini World’s End’. A location on the apex of a sharply dropping cliff, that gives a 360º view of the surrounding landscape.
Distance for the Bungalow: 30Km
Horton plains is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End. A variety of wildlife including endemic Rhino-horned and Hump-nosed Lizards, highland bird species including the Sri Lanka White-eye, Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Yellow-eared Bulbul may be encountered.
Distance for the Bungalow: 47Km
While you’re at it, do not forget to visit the beautifully manicured Hakgala Botanical Gardens; believed to be the highest altitude botanical garden in the world, full of roses and orchids and other plant species OR the Victoria Park, which spans across 27 acres of land and is full of foreign trees and flowers. It is perfect for walking, birdwatching and even as a playground for kids. The park was named in honour of Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee coronation in 1897.
Distance for the Bungalow: 39Km
Adam’s Peak or the Sri Pada (sacred footprint) is an important pilgrim site. Buddhist believe the impression on the summit is the footprint of lord Buddha himself. Though it takes around 5 hours to reach the peak by foot, devotees of many religions climb the mountain daily to invoke blessings. The typical climb is started in the middle of the night so you can reach the peak for a breathtaking sunrise.
Distance for the Bungalow: 57Km
Seetha Amman Temple is located approximately 5 kilometres from Nuwara Eliya. The temple is located in the village of Seetha Eliya. This Hindu temple is said to mark the spot where Sita was held captive by the demon king Rawana, and where she prayed daily for Rama to come and rescue her. On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Rawana’s elephant.
Distance for the Bungalow: 27Km
To see where your morning cup of tea originates, visit the Pedro Tea Estate. Situated about 3.5 KM east of Nuwara Eliya it is accessible by vehicle. Picturesque tea plantation offering tours of its 1885 factory, as well as a tranquil teahouse.
Distance for the Bungalow: 29Km
This farm is located at Ambewela which is a few Km away from Nuwara eliya. The New Zealand Farm is a part of the Ambewela Farm which are both dairy farms. New Zealand Farm is located only 3-4 Km away from Ambewela farm. New Zealand farm rears pure bred Friesian cows and maintain a pure line of cattle.
Distance for the Bungalow: 40Km