Different people have different motivations to travel. While a few want to drink and dance until the break of dawn at a city’s best nightclub, there are others who want to take a break and recuperate from its hullabaloo. If you belong to the latter group, then you must plan your next vacation amidst the mountains. While we are at it, what could be more relaxing than holidaying in the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya? Read on to know the many ways in which you can unwind at the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka.
Chill by the Gregory Lake
Often known as one of the most serene places in Nuwara Eliya, Gregory Lake lies just a few kilometres away from the centre of the town. Once here, you’ll spot many families picnicking and relishing local delicacies at the food stalls. Probably the best way to spend your afternoons with your family or group of friends, the cool air from across the surface of the lake lets you soak in the breath-taking views of the lake surrounded on all four sides by hills.
You’ll also see a lot of horses grazing the wide stretch of green grass bordering the lake. Hop on a motorboat to get a closer sight. Or simply ride on one. You can even spend your time taking leisurely strolls around the lake.
A large number of spaces in Nuwara Eliya are heavily influenced by the British Rule, and Victoria Park is one of them. So much so that it’s named after the British Queen. Anyone visiting the park is astounded by the colourful flowers that dot the park, especially because they are not available in any other part of Sri Lanka. The park is also a favourite amongst people who enjoy bird-watching. And the children feel no differently about it due to the presence of the miniature train ride at the park. History lovers can visit the museum to take a dip in the colonial past of the city.
Visit the tea plantations
The best way to experience Sri Lanka is by visiting its impressive tea plantations. Just drive for a few minutes and you will come across expansive green fields, and women and men picking leaves from them. In fact, anybody who is staying in Nuwara Eliya cannot afford to miss a tour to the tea factories in the vicinity of the plantations. Learning about the entire process of making different types of tea is something no one can afford to miss. At the end of it all, you’ll also get to taste the best tea you’ll ever have in life. Book a day trip to the plantations and make sure you do it on a tuk-tuk.
To top it all, staying at Yoho Ranasinghe Mawatha would mean that you’ll be less than 1 km away from Victoria Park and just short of 2 km away from Gregory Lake.
Featured image by Chris Kendall.