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|Year and Month|| 2015 December 19th and 20th
2015 November 08th in my visit to Lover’s leap falls
2015 Octomber 26th in my visit to waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya and Thalawakale
|Number of Days||04|
|Crew||Myself, Uddika, Sudesh, Indranatha, Indeewara and his family, Danushka and his wife|
|Accommodation||Circuit Bungalow belongs to Uniliver Company at Magasthota-Nuwaraeliya|
|Activities||Archeology, Photography and Just walking|
|Weather||It was misty and rainy most of the time|
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Nuwara Eliya is one of main tourist’s attractions of Sri Lanka among foreigners as well as locals. Though people visit at Nuwara Eliya, they know about few places there. This is my attempt to list most of the tourist’s attractions at Nuwara Eliya with a small description which would be help full for someone in future.
Rest of the places would be appeared in part-2.
Invention of Nuwara Eliya
1. Holy Trinity Church
Directions: Nuwara Eliya->Udupussallawa road (උඩුපුස්සැල්ලාව පාර) ->Church road->1km->Trinity church
This was built in 1833 (5years after beginning of Nuwara Eliya town) and belongs to Anglican tradition. Though it was built in 1833, official religious activities were started in 1852. The church and surrounding cemetery have archeological value.
Ancient pipe organ, paintings were done at 100th anniversary and for queens visit are important things to see inside the church.
Baker’s family tomb is an important place situated at cemetery.
2. Sir Samuel Baker and Nuwara Eliya
Samuel Baker has participated in developing Nuwara Eliya a lot. He has arrived to Sri Lanka at the age of 24 and planned to start a farm at Nuwara Eliya. Then he bought a thousand acres from British rulers and built his house at Magasthota-Nuwara Eliya. The republican international school is situated at the land where his house was situated. Even today also we can see a tree planted by Samuel Baker.
Directions: Nuwara Eliya->Magasthota (මාගස්තොට) in Badulla road->Republican school
3. Sandathanna Agro Environment Tourism Zone-සදතැන්න ලෝකාන්තය
This is classically called as Sandathanna World’s end as we can watch nine out of ten highest peaks of Sri Lanka (Not Sri Pada) from here in a clear day. It is situated at upper part of Sandathanna-Bomburu Ella forest reserve of potato seed farm.
This farm was started in 1958 and world’s end and tourist zone was declared in 2014.
Directions: Nuwara Eliya->Magasthota in Badulla road-> Seetha Eliya potato seed farm (සීතා එළිය බීජ අර්තාපල් ගොවිපල) ->Sandathanna World’s end
We have reached there early morning at 7.30am and waited for a while as jeep drivers have not attended yet. We five were loaded to a safari jeep. It was crystal clear when we started the journey but it became gloomy when we reached the view point.
We waited at view point for an hour for expecting clear weather and at the end half luck was there.
It was able to see surrounding view except Hakgala and Hortain Plains side.
There were no wild buffaloes in our visit.
4. Gallways Land National Park
This is the smallest National Park of Sri Lanka (27hectaer) and the National Park situated inside a city. It is surrounded by Nuweraeliya town.
The British called Gallways has handed over his land to the government as a forest reserve when he left the country. It was declared as sanctuary in 1938 and a National Park in 2006.
Galway land has considerable number of forest population which belongs to mountainous forest and tropical forest groups. It is a good place for bird watching and you can observe 35 birds’ species and out of 7 are endemic to the country.
Directions: Nuweraeliya->Udupussallawa road->take the byroad next to economic center-> Gallwaysland NP
5. Old Engineer Office-Nuwaraeliya
Old Engineer office is an important place in planning and development of Nuwaraeliya town during colonial period. Nowadays District office of House Development Authority is situated at Old Engineer Office. Still you can see old gun powder stores at this premise. Old safe with British mark is also can be seen at this office.
Directions: Nuweraeliya->Udupussallawa road-> Nuwara Eliya Hospital->The road in front of Hospital in right hand side will bring you to House Development Authority Office
6. Gayathri Kovil and Hermitage
This is the World’s first Kovil built for God Gayathri. It was built by Dr.Murugesu Swami in 1974. Currently it is an important place for Hindu religious activities and mediation.
Directions: Nuwara Eliya->Udupussallawa road->Lady McCollum Road->Gayathri Kovil
7. Nuwara Eliya Old police building
Nuwara Eliya old police building is still can be seen at the police premise. Around 1835 there was a rest house attached to this police building. Chief justice at that period-Sir William Rock and four other people have died suddenly due to food poisoning happened at this rest house.
It can be seen behind the new police and need permission to get photographs of the building. (Just ask form the police officers)
8. Cemetery of Major. William Rogers
Major. William Roger is an important person during colonial period. He was a clever ruler and appointed as the sub government agent in Badulla area. Roger was popular among villagers due to the service he has done.
He was a good shooter and killed about 1500 Elephants as a hobby. At the age of 41 he died by hitting a thunder when he was at Haputhale Rest House. Rogers’s body was placed at Nuwara Eliya cemetery and his tomb frequently gets thunders during rainy season.
This tomb can be seen behind the sport club of Nuwara Eliya Golf club.
Badulla St.Marks Church was built to commemorate Major. William Roger.
9. Highest Village of Sri Lanka with observation point-Shanthipura-ශාන්තිපුර
Highest village of Sri Lanka situated at western edge of Nuweraeliya. This village was established by late mayor of Nuwaraeliya town Mr. T.William Fernando at 1960. There is an observation point to view Nuweraeliya town, Gregory Lake, Hakgala Mountain, Piduruthalagala range and Kikiliyamana.
Highest temple and highest house also situated at this village.
Directions: Nuwaraeliya town->Along A5 road->Towards Colombo->Shanthipura
10. Nuwaraeliya Post Office
Nuwaraeliya post office was built in 1894. British have used imported teak wood and roof tile made in Bangalore to build this post office. The clock was made in Sainsbury Watchamsto in England. There is a small museum inside the post office.
Post office is situated in front of main bus stand.
11. Baker Memorial Ward at Nuwaraeliya Hospital
The farm started by Sir Samuel Baker, was ruled by John Garland Baker. He died from an infectious disease. His wife-Mrs. Elisa Baker has built a complete ward for patients at Nuwaraeliya Hospital in 1985 to commemorate her husband. This ward is named as Baker ward and still can be seen at Nuwaraeliya hospital. Currently it is used as nursing quartos.
Baker family cemetery still can be seen in Trinity cemetery.
12. Pedro Tea Factory and Museum
Pedro tea estate and factory is one of an oldest tea estate of Sri Lanka. You can have a visit there to get an idea of tea making process. They will provide a guide to describe the process.
Directions: Nuwara Eliya-> Udupussallawa Road->Boralanda->Pedro Tea Factory
Lover’s leap waterfall is also situated 1-1.5km from Pedro tea factory.
13. Nuwaraeliya Golf ground
Nuweraeliya Golf ground will provide nice landscapes for photographs. There is a foot pathway crossing the ground and you can have a walk along that. No need permission. Old British cemetery is also situated behind the golf ground where we can see cemetery of Major. William Roger.
Thanks for reading