An early 20th century English writer commented on Nuwara Eliya: “When he looks out of his window in the early morning and sees the whole world glistening under hoar-frost and the garden brimming with geraniums, pansies, sweet peas and every English flower, he wonders if he is really in the tropics at all.” There’s no need to wonder. It is the tropics and it’s for real.
Sri Lanka is well-known for hot sunny days and beautiful stretches of palm-fringed beaches. So how can there exist a place that has grey, cold, drizzly days and chilly nights with a mean temperature of 57F? Where there is a need for wood fires and extra blankets at bedtime to stave off the cold? Where there is a golf course, English-style pubs, trout fishing - and not even a palm tree in sight?
But Sri Lanka is, as the early 20th-century writer Bella Woolf says, “an amazing little island” because of its surprising contrasts. So it is that within reasonably easy reach of the capital you will find a temperate climate, and the environment that goes with it. Situated at 1,896m, Nuwara Eliya, cushioned by Lake Gregory and surrounded by wooded mountains, is Sri Lanka’s most elevated town. It lies at the foot of Pidurutalagala, the island’s highest mountain, among a variety of trees and shrubs suited only to this wild and rugged terrain.
Nuwaraeliya also known as “Little England” situated 1890 meters above sea leavel, was the holiday resort of the English planters during the colonial era, and it still retains traces of British Colonialism.
Blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking valleys and meadows, mountains and greenery that’s soothing on the eye, it belies the fact that Nuwaraeliya is hardly 180 kms from the hot and humid Colombo, the capital of Sri lanka. A unique feature of the topography of sri lanka
Set in the natural surroundings just 1.5 km from Nuwaraeliya town, it over looks the hushed stillness of the Galway Forest reserve. At the hotel you will find every thing you need to get away from civilization with out leavening any of its comforts behind.
Over looking the verdant of the Galway nature reserve Galway Forest lodge id a cozy hide away the combines the best civilization with gift of nature.
The beauty of the surroundings and the superb amenities of the Galway Forest Lodge is enhanced by the attentive..yet unobtrusive service of the staff
Rest assured you and your family will be well looked after.
So. give yourself a break and have a memorable holiday which you will never forget.
The Grand Hotel in the hill station Nuwara Eliya has a heritage exceeding a 100 years. The former residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850, the Grand Hotel is an excellent example of a mansion from the Elizabethan era. It retains the stateliness and grandeur of a Colonial Mansion and rightfully claims its place as one of the best hill country hotels in Asia.
Tudor style architecture and Victorian homes set amidst Boxwood and Firs overlook the calm waters of Lake Gregory, flowers bloom in parks and gardens, hunting and fishing trophies decorate the walls of old buildings transporting you back in time to the tranquility of a bygone era….
Jetwing St. Andrews sits 6,182 feet above sea level cradled amidst the mist-covered mountains. This stately Tudor style colonial mansion, which is over 100 years old, still preserves the charms of the colonial era with its typical English hill country ambience. The resident naturalist leads nature walks to the forested ridge behind the hotel.
Located amidst the mountains of Ambewella, on a 6 acre estate, Jetwing Warwick Gardens is a century old abandoned bungalow that has been brought back to life. If you’re looking for a place of solitude, on mountain tops, a picturesque surrounding wherever the eye can see, this is it. Enjoy a morning head massage or a cool walk through the fruit orchard, pick your own vegetables or perhaps enjoy a fresh garden salad and then in the evening, taste a mouth watering mountain Bar-Be-Que.
A leading hotel amidst the misty mountains in the heart of the tea land (A unique hotel concept, where an old tea factory has been converted into a top hotel).