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Nuwara Eliya, a Scenic Hillstation in Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya is one of my favourite places during my trip to Sri Lanka. Not just me; it is one of the most preferred destinations among locals. The city is the coldest and highest of the most beautiful island, Sri Lanka, with picturesque beauty and a cool breeze touching you every other minute. This beautiful hill station is famous among Hindus as a key point of the epic Ramayan. According to the epic tale, this is the town where Hanumanji finally found Seetha Matha. There is a shrine honouring her in this town called Seetha temple, another divine and beautiful place. It was a unique and fantastic feeling to breathe in a fresh, cool breeze during my time in this city. Being used to the hustle of urban city life, it was a much-needed spiritual getaway for me.

Lake Gregory

There are so many interesting places to visit in the beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, and I can’t single out one as my favourite. But I am sure the beautiful lake in the city’s heart is much loved by many.  While exploring the famous attractions in the town, I passed by this beautiful lake many times. Every time, I was enchanted by its beauty. I walked by the lake in the evening to feel the cold breeze, chill in the air, and enjoy the sunset. But that’s not it. The picturesque view is worth every second of it. I can’t help but envy the people who get to wake up to this beautiful view every day as I glare at the houses and hotels across the lake. 

The horses, happy families, children who enjoy the park around the lake, and water sports lovers who cheer in excitement brought joy to my heart. For me, a silent few minutes at the banks of that beautiful lake is all it took to clear the mind and absorb positive energy. Whenever I felt stressed, I would close my eyes and imagine myself sitting on the green grass lawn looking at the lake, the cool breeze touching my face. Just like that, I find myself calm and stress-free.

 It is great that the authorities have developed the area around the lake for tourism purposes. Well-maintained lawns and flower beds in the park are an absolute delight to the eye. Parking and dining facilities in the area benefit those who love to enjoy the view and the lake for some time. Having to pay for a ticket to enter the park is worth the facilities are quite good, and it helps the locals to earn a livelihood by selling items such as snacks, clothes, and toys for kids. Water sports and boat rides are some fun activities for thrill-loving people. 

Other Attractions:

Nuwara Eliya town has many attractions to explore. The Lover’s Leap is a beautiful waterfall right above the lake. I also visited two beautiful flower gardens in this town, Haggala and Victoria Park. Both gardens were well maintained with so many beautiful flowers and landscape art.

There is another heavenly place, Hortain’s Plains, just at the edge of this beautiful town. It is a national park and UNESCO site with amazing scenery that reminds me of Scotland’s mountains.

I also visited the town’s Ambewela farm, tea factories, and farming lands. This perfect little town was like a colourful painting.

I cherish my visit to this beautiful town Nuwara Eliya, meeting my Sri Lankan friends and following the spiritual trail of Ramayan to this day.

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Priya Shukla