Lake Gregory Nuwara Eliya, in the middle of Nuwara Eliya, was created by Governor William Gregory between 1872 and 1877 for British colonial settlers. There are horses here you can ride or swan-shaped paddle boats that you can take onto the lake, or, for a few hundred rupees you can hire a jet ski for 20 minutes. The cool air is refreshing and the sights are unbeatable, and there’s a park next to the lake that you can stroll around.
The main park in Nuwara Eliya, created in honour of Queen Victoria’s 60th jubilee in 1897, spreads out over 11ha (27 acres) and is home to foreign trees and an abundance of flowers. It’s the perfect place to enjoy nature, and for families, there is a little train for kids to enjoy and a playground. At quiet times, plenty of native birds flock to the trees, drawing birdwatchers who come to see them.
Sri Lanka remains one of the world’s most important tea producers and is home to numerous extensive tea plantations. It is worth taking a trip to one of the many tea factories to inspect the process up close and marvel at the beauty of the tea plants, which are usually planted over hilly areas and make for a truly dazzling scenery. Giragama Tea Plantation is located just outside of the city and provides an insight into the refinery of delicious teas, from green to Earl Grey. It is situated around 613 meters above the sea level and it also houses a tea museum. Visitors will not only be able to further their knowledge through a tour but they will also be given a taste of the end products.
The Bale Bazaar in Nuwara Eliya is aptly nicknamed the Winter Market because they sell winter clothes for the chilly Nuwara Eliya weather. Locals who live abroad shop here for inexpensive winter fare before going back. If you forgot a sweatshirt or just want to have a fun stroll, then head here.
No visit to Nuwara Eliya is complete without a visit to the Adma Agro Farm and lots of strawberry eating. Strawberries love colder weather and Nuwara Eliya is perfect for them. Eat them straight off the plants or in the cafe with cream or condensed milk, or drink in juice.
The largest and more prestigious dairy farm in Sri Lanka is also in Nuwara Eliya. Head just a little bit out of town and you will reach the rolling hills of Ambewela, where the cows are free to roam and graze. Visitors can see the milking stations and the calves in the nursery. The cows are well taken care of and a visit is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The farm is pretty big, so there is a lot of walking involved. Drink a fresh glass of milk at the cafe station up the hill and buy some cheese to take home with you.
Nuwara Eliya is a hill country, so it’s also a tea country, and you can expect to see tea plantations everywhere in the hills. There are hundreds of acres of tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya, and plenty of tea factories to visit. A little further from town is St Clair’s Falls, one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka, which cascades gently down various craggy tiers. It’s well worth a visit and a photo, especially if you can align it with a tea picker at work.
The Moon Plains of Nuwara Eliya are an open area full of fields, forests, walking paths and surrounding mountains. This is a place for visitors who love taking walks in nature or spending a day out in the open.
February to May is the best time to visit Nuwara Eliya, although the temperatures are quite low at this time, The city witnesses little rainfall, making it the perfect time for exploring the picturesque sights without worrying about the weather.
December to February: Galle in Sri Lanka is mostly hot and dry during these months and temperatures vary between 29 to 31 degrees Celcius. There is a mix of rainfall and sunshine during the days so make sure you pack accordingly. However, this is the only time in Galle when you get 7 hours of daily sunshine which makes the weather pleasant for some outdoor activities.
February to April: Springtime is the best to visit Sri Lanka. The weather from February to April is pleasant and suitable for beach activities. Low rainfall makes the season favourable for you to relax by the poolside or the beach.
May to September: May to September are the wettest months in Galle in Sri Lanka so make sure you carry an umbrella or raincoat with you at all times. Though some outdoor activities cannot be enjoyed during this time in Galle, you will get good deals on hotels.
October to November: The temperature falls down during these months, making them a little cooler. Another good thing is that during this time, the monsoon moves northeast. The sea becomes calm and adventure activities at the beach begin to take place.