Nuwara Eliya /Adam's Peak/Pidurutalagala/Hakgala Botanic Gardens/Horton Plains National Park
Nuwara Eliya is located at the heart of the hill country 6182 feet above from the sea level. The town is situated at 74 km away along ne-Nuwara Eliya road and this was rediscovered by British in 1827. It is still very much like an old English town with styled Bungalows and buildings. The cool calm climate, gorges rolling tea plantation which makes the best Ceylon tea and the breathtaking beautiful waterfalls makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful town in the world.Modern times Nuwara Eliya is a place where people come for enjoy the cool relaxing climate and for the summer festivals. Summer comes to Nuwara Eliya end of March. Once summer comes the city becomes a crowded place with thousands of local and foreign visitors. During this time Nuwara Eliya becomes a beautiful place with all sorts of festivals taking place. The festivals are organized by the municipal council of the town and the most highlighted events are The fox hill motor cross, motor bicycle races, boat races and horse races at the race course.
Adam's Peak (also Sri Pada; "butterfly mountain"), is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., "sacred footprint", a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.
The island’s highest peak is a short treck away and the breathtaking view is worth the climb. Less than 2km from Nuwara Eliya on the main Badulla highway is Sita Amman Kovil, believed to be the spot where Sita was kept in hiding by Ravana of the Indian epic Ramayana.
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
The gardens are smaller and less exotic than the Gardens at Peradeniya but an elevation of 1707 meters the species of flora is quite different. The sheer rock of Hakgala(Jaw rock) also linked to the Rama-Ravana legend rises 1500 feet straight from the gardens add much character to the surroundings. The rose gardens and the fernery are greatly admired.
Horton Plains National Park
Clad in mist, located on a high windswept saddle at almost 2134 meters the Horton Plains are an expanse of misty grassland, rare and beautiful plants and ice cold streams. HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK is undoubtedly one of the world’s best nature reserves and eco tourism venues in Sri Lanka. It lies within the Central hills, declared a UNESCO World (Natural) Site in 2010. In general the forests are seen on the hilltops or upper slopes the grasslands in the valley and lower slopes, eventually giving way to wetland habitats. Spanning approximately 10000 hectares the park is also home to a wide variety of flora(57 species, 29 endemic to Sri Lanka) and 24 species of mammal such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare, porcupine and leopard. For bird enthusiasts, there 87 species (14 of which are endemic), including many migratory birds.The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as ‘Bakers Falls’, ‘Chimmni pool’ and the famous ‘World’s End’ (a 3700ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline). An exhilarating, beautiful excursion from Nuwara Eliya (27km) it forms the eastern extremity of the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary