Little England or Nuwara Eliya is one of most favourite destination among locals. The city is the coldest and highest of Sri Lanka with a picturesque beauty and cool climate. I live about 2 hours away from the city and I see the town’s lights across mountains every night. Yet, I love to visit Nuwara Eliya at every chance I get. The feeling is amazing when I enter the city limit as I breathe chill air.
There are so many interesting places to visit in Nuwara Eliya and I can’t single out one as my favourite. But I am sure the beautiful lake located in the heart of the city is much loved by many.
Whenever I pass by the lake, I stop by to feel the cold breeze and chill in the air. 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 and children who enjoy the park around the lake always bring joy to my heart. For me, a silent few minutes at the banks of the lakes is all that it takes to clear the mind and absorb positive energy.
It is a great thing that the authorities have developed the area around the lake for tourism purposes. Well maintained lawn and flower beds in the park are an absolute delight to the eye. Parking facilities and dining facilities provided in the area are beneficial for 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 for 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.
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"It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. 'I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?' Most travelers hurry too much…the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling…you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you'll be there." Lawrence Durrell, Spirit of Place: Mediterranean Writings edited by A.G.Thomas #goodreads #landscape #beauty #natureindigitaleye #nature #love #travelSL #Nuwaraeliya #Srilanka
More About the Lake Gregory of Nuwara Eliya
Lake Gregory, sometimes also called Gregory Lake or Gregory Reservoir, is a reservoir in heart of the tea country hill city, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Lake Gregory was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873.
The lake and the surrounding area make up the Gregory Lake Area. The area was originally a swampy bog at the foot of the small hills that border the town. In 1873 Sir William Gregory authorised the damming of the Thalagala stream, which originates from Mount Pidurutalagala, in order to make more land available for the expansion of the town. In 1881 the lake was stocked with trout by Mr C. J. R. Le Mesurier (Assistant Government Agent for Nuwara Eliya). In 1913 the waters of the lake were directed into a tunnel which flows to a hydropower station at ‘Blackpool’ between the town and Nanu Oya. The power station continues to supply electricity to the town to this day. In British times Lake Gregory was used for water sports and recreational activities.
Source: EN Wikipedia
If you are visiting this beautiful town and the ice cold lake Gregory, please make sure to enjoy the beauty with responsibility. Don’t throw garbage to the water or anywhere as you see fit. There are many garbage bins and you can walk extra few steps to find a bin than taking a step to harm the balance of mother nature. We all have to be responsible for our travel etiquettes and how we treat our planet.
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