For a tranquil hill country town, Nuwara Eliya has much to offer. In the ‘April Season’ it comes alive with an exciting carnival atmosphere – there’s everything from horse racing (a local Ascot with dressing up on a grand scale) to motor cross, boat rides, flower shows, music and entertainment events, Golf and Tennis tournaments and more to keep you busy. Other pastimes take over ‘off season’. Take a leisurely stroll in the Nuwara Eliya Park or visit the Galway Bird Sanctuary nearby. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens is home to exotic orchids, rare ferns and magnificent roses. Spend a day out at the plantations and factories where Sri Lanka’s renowned ‘High Grown’ tea is produced and admire the myriad waterfalls along the way.
Venture further, and discover the unique beauty of Horton Plains high up at around 7000 ft, and the awe inspiring wonder of ‘World’s End’- a near vertical drop of around 4000 ft. Rare flora and fauna abound here; including deer, jackal and the elusive leopard. Pay pilgrimage to Sri Lanka’s holy mountain ‘Adam’s Peak’ and catch a glimpse of the famous shadow at sunrise. There’s plenty of action for the thrill seeker – white water rafting, rock climbing and trekking, and if you prefer it slow, the colonial charms of the town offer much to explore.
More than 85 species of birds and as many as 12 endemics can be seen in a selection of birding locations including the famed Victoria Park, Horton Plains, Hakgala, Bomuru Ella and Galways Forest
Cascading columns of white water in varying shapes and sizes await you on a half day tour through the picturesque central hills. Many facets of Sri Lankan rural life can be seen on this tour.
Nuwara Eliya offers great cycling options, enabling you to explore the city, lakes, waterfalls, tea fields and jungle treks at your own pace.
The introduction of Rainbow Trout by the early British settlers and the subsequent addition of the Tilapia and Carp, have made the many reservoirs and waterways of Nuwara Eliya idyllic fishing locations.
AIR RIFLE SHOOTING
A much favored past time for the adults and young persons, available in the Hotel grounds.
Sandathenna is situated at the edge of Nuwara Eliya plains towards the upper part of the Bomburuella Seethaeliya reserve. It is 6438 feet above the mean sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding terrain.
Victoria Park – Distance – 05 minute walk
Named after Queen Victoria in 1897 to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee, this colourful park is home to a variety of exotic plants brought in by the British planters and administrators to make them feel at home at “Little England”.
Horton Plains National Park – Distance – 28 kms
A picturesque plateau at 2,100 metres above see level, interspersed with montane forests , Horton Plains is a must visit for visitors to the highlands, where endemic woody plants, mammals such as Sambhur and barking deer, and a variety of migrant and resident birds can be observed
Hakgala Botanical Gardens – Distance – 9.5 kms
Established in 1861 as an experimental plot for the cultivation of Cinchona, this garden is today a showpiece for it’s collection of subtropical flowering plants and is also a birding hot spot. An extremely pleasant walk along the winding roads of the gardens, with a view of the Uva Valley, is certain to refresh and rejuvenate you.
Lake Gregory – Distance 2km
A haven for water sports enthusiasts, with jetski’s, canoeing, speed boating , paddle boating, and cycling with well manicured walkways, is a popular spot for families with young children
The 18 hole golf course with a 125 year old colonial Club House beckons both the Amateur and the professional golfer in one of the most scenic courses in the region.
Billiards & Snooker
Three tables in perhaps the oldest part of the Grand Hotel is available to you from 12noon to 11pm daily