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A Visit to Little England…

A Visit to Little England…

Nestled in the highlands of Sri Lanka, ‘Little England’ is an apt definition for its name. Sri Lanka is well known for the sunny golden coasts, wilderness and the urban cities but the hills usually go unrecognized. What is to be seen in Nuwara Eliya is not just hills and estates but a whole different culture and lifestyle that every traveler needs to experience on their visit.

Some of the popular sites including Gregory’s Lake, Victoria Park and the Botanical Gardens are packed with visitors, but here are 7 unique underrated yet fun activities you could also do in Nuwara Eliya.

Visit the Winter Market

Yes. Christmas markets do exist in Sri Lanka, all year around. The Bale Bazaar in Nuwara Eliya is a mini Colombo fort where you could find gifts, shoes, and winter clothing hence why it’s called the Winter Market. This place is swamped with locals who are travelling abroad and tourists who didn’t prepare for the cold Sri Lankan weather. You can purchase quality sweaters, muffs and coats for affordable prices.

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Head over to the post office

If you’re in to vintage architectures and sites, Nuwara Eliya is the perfect location for you. The area is home to a number of Victorian villas which were built during the British power. Placing more preference to the truly highlighting Post office which is also a designated archeological monument – (bucket list completed) – this Tudor-looking Victorian architectural manor was built in 1894. Being one of the nation’s oldest post offices, the building was featured on a stamp too back in 1990. Worth it after all.

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Visit the Ambewela Farm

We all love dairy products. Creams, cheese and all flavoured milks which are initially processed here. Sri Lanka’s largest and most renowned dairy farm, ‘Ambewela’ is located in the suburbs of Nuwara Eliya with rolling hills emerging at your sight, vibrant carpets of greens where milk cows roam in grace within the vast lands. The whole experience is marvelous as visitors are also given the chance to witness and help milk cows and even see the playful calves in the nursery. And of course enjoy a glass of freshly poured milk.

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Serene Golfing

Introduced by the British to Sri Lanka around the 19th Century, Golf has been a renowned sport within the respected high class societies in Sri Lanka. To experience it in original, one should engage in a game or two in one of Asia’s oldest Golf Clubs, ‘The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club’. This 18-hole course is 6399 yards long and is made up of long, narrow fairways, bordered by rows of towering eucalyptus trees and elegant cypresses, held together by dense acacia shrubbery.

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Join the Elitists at Horse racing

Full suits and fancy hats, Horse racing has always been an event for the elitists, where they would arrive in fashion engaging in leisurely conversations among their friends and of course, watch horse racing. If you happen to be around the Nuwara Eliya County during an event, you could visit and be a part of the whole ceremony. Besides, you could even ride a horse or a pony.

The Royal Turf Club in Nuwara Eliya is a renowned place for horse racing where people from all over the world would visit.

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Set off on a Strawberry Adventure

Who doesn’t love strawberries? They go with anything! Name it, you know it! There are some of the most tantalizing dishes you’ll find in ‘Little England’ which are made out of Strawberries. Pancakes and chocolate coated ones are beyond compare. While you’re at it, remember to take a stroll in a Strawberry field and enjoy a freshly made strawberry dish with your loved ones.

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10 reasons why Sri Lanka should be your Next Holiday

10 reasons why Sri Lanka should be your Next Holiday

Blessed with the best, Sri Lanka is the real holiday deal. While the little island is a coastal paradise, the endless charming hill country and the seemingly vast nature is incomparable. Not to forget that Sri Lanka offers much more adventure apart from the regular relaxation getaway.

These are some real good, quick – convincing reasons to why you should visit Sri Lanka on your next Holiday.

  1. Beaches of course…

How can we not miss? The beaches are always the highlight of this tropical island. Southern coast with the dazzling nightlife and East coast with the hidden intimacy, beach life in Sri Lanka is the highest rated for tourism. Plus, don’t forget about the tan. Who wouldn’t want a healthy skin glow on their vacation!

  1. Food of a lifetime

Sri Lankan food are a fresh breath of diversity. We have not only the yummiest delicacies, but a whole range of dishes that differ from area to culture.

However you would find some common delights on the streets of Sri Lanka, which are quite unique. Such as the Typical-beach Snack, “Isso Wade”, the famous “Kottu’ and the coconut milk crepe, “Aappa” (aka Hoppers). Make sure to taste these while on your vacation.

  1. Exploring the Wilderness

Wildlife is a solid reason to visit Sri Lanka. Famous for sightings of Elephants, Leopards and Bears, the island’s wilderness is one of its best features. National Parks such as Wilpattu, Yala and Minneriya habitats number of exotic animal species in Sri Lanka.

It would be totally worth it to hop on a furry adventure safari to explore Sri Lanka’s Nature & wildlife. Remember to get your cameras and binoculars ready at all times. You might come across a perfect angle and not know until you see it.

  1. Adventure seeker’s paradise

Adventures go limitless in this little island. If you are a tropical adventure seeker, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination. The highland is just ideal for a tea plantation Hike and the backdrop from top is magnificently scenic.

Apart from the hill country adventures, Trekking the Adam’s Peak is simply amazing, Hot air ballooning and White water rafting are some other great adventures you can experience while here.

For the sea lovers, Sri Lanka is a paradise of Surfing, Snorkeling and other fun water activities such as Hikkaduwa Coral Reef tours and North East Whale and Dolphin watching.

  1. Cultural and Historic Beauty

Surrounded by a number of World heritage sites, Sri Lanka is one of the most diversely rich countries in the world. The cultural triangle located in the North Central and highlands is a major tourist attraction, and is a renowned hotspot for History and Culture. Ancient Kingdoms such as Anuradhapura, Polonnanruwa, Sigiriya and the cultural-eye ‘Temple of the Tooth’ in Kandy are the highlights of it.

The Grand Kandyan Esala Perehera takes place around July/August and is one of the most admired cultural experiences one could gain in this wonderful island.

  1. The Sigiri Fortress

The Rock Fortress, Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular historical monuments. Although considered as a part of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Sigiriya is located in Dambulla North Central province of Sri Lanka, and the reason weaves around a dramatic historical plot of the Sigiriya Kingdom.

A warm Mid-day could be a bit humid for rock-climbing so it is advised to begin your journey in the morning to reach the mighty height by noon.

  1. “Little England”

During the British Colonial Era, all the Elites and the governors had their special little haven where they would visit for fun games of golf, cricket and relaxation. To a place that resembled home and they would call it ‘Little England’ also known as Nuwara Eliya.

The Highlands are the most elegantly supreme destinations of all time. Known as ‘Little England’, the hill side interior city Nuwara Eliya is simply eye catching with its stunning Victorian architectural bungalows, perfect backdrop sceneries and a chilly cozy climate that adds up to it.

  1. Urban city and glamour

Sri Lanka is not only been proved its beauty by beaches and hills, the urban part of the city is dazzling and lively as usual. Blooming with malls, busy roads, chic fashion stores and street food by the shores, the urban atmosphere is lively all day.

A walk around the urban street is perfect for a glimpse of Sri Lankan lifestyle and the real essence of an adventurous journey.

  1. Ayurvedha wellness and Tea

Traditionally known for the healing and soothing power, Ayurvedha Therapy has its roots going back for more than 2500 years. It’s known for not only curing ailments but also for reliefs and relaxation as well. All you need after a long tiring day, is a good Ayurvedha therapy dose to sooth yourself to sleep.

To make the experience perfect, a warm aromatic cup of tea be the last piece of the puzzle. Ceylon tea is a unique portion of comfort and joy. Remember to taste the best of it while on your vacation.

  1. Night as Live as Day

Many wonder where to get their party fever unleashed on a vacation. Sri Lanka proudly presents its vibrant night-life kick. The urban Colombo is the hub for Life just as the inviting South coast with its sunset beach parties and undying nightlife.

If you are a daring adventurer, a wildlife enthusiast, a beach lover or even a Hill Country explorer, Sri Lanka is the perfect choice!

 

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