Gregory Lake is an attractive place to visit in Nuwara Eliya. It was built by Sir William Gregory in 1873. The place is very popular among local and international travelers. There are many activities to do based on this reservoir. It covers 90.2 ha and the surface elevation is 1874 m.

Gregory Reservoir: History

Britain controlled Sri Lanka during the period of 1796–1948. In 1872, Sir William Gregory was appointed as the new governor of Ceylon. His ruling time was from 1872 to 1877. After seeing wet land there, Sir Gregory went to Nuwara Eliya and decided to build this reservoir. The dam was constructed after damming the Thalagala Stream.

During the British era, the lake was used for recreational and water activities. The water in the lake decided to direct itself into a tunnel for hydropower generation. That happened in 1913. The major aim of that hydro station was to generate essential electricity for the town.

Activities in Lake Gregory

The lake has been very popular for water activities in the past. You can do speed boat riding, swan boat riding, dinky boat riding, normal boat riding, and windsurfing. As well, there is a nice park around the lake. It is very beautiful because of the flowers on it. Furthermore, you can do pony rides, cycling, and leisure walks.

The seaplane can take you to Gregory Lake. You can book your seaplane tour from Colombo and it will take around 30 minutes to get to Nuwara Eliya. There are many hotels, restaurants, and other facilities out there for visitors.

More facts about the Area

Nuwara Eliya is beautiful city that is situated on the central highlands. The cool and wet climate attract many visitors to the location. April month considered as the best time to visit the Nuwara Eliya and Gregory Lake.

If you are planning Nuwara Eliya City Tour, then you can arrange it with Mahaweli Tours and Holidays. We are a leading tour agency in Sri Lanka. Call: 0777 111553 or email: info@mahaweli.lk for more details.

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress Tour will give you one of the most exhilarating experiences. We will provide you or/ and your group with a guide who will communicate with you efficiently. The guide will also explain the important knowledge and share the historical value of the place. If you require language specific guides, they can be arranged upon special request.

Introduction to Sigiriya

For every person who loves history, art, nature, and culture, Sigiriya has them all. There are cultural ruins and there are unbelievable remnants of history. Sigiriya Rock comes under the second one, being one of the most wonderful alterations of nature. This enormous rock fortress was once named as a world wonder. It is a world renowned architectural symbol with priceless ancient technology, paintings, and water system that functions up to date. It is probably the most visited tourist spot in Sri Lanka.

Where it all began: The history and formation of the kingdom

The Rock hill served as a monastery in the beginning of 3rd century BC. In the latter part, King Kashyapa reigned on the fortress and made it himself a castle on the rock. The technology used to build it, is still one of the marvelous inventions. After the kings reign it turned back in to a monastery until it was abandoned.

Entrance to the Sigiriya

The entrance of the castle is located in the northern end of the rock and the entire entrance is a carved Lion, from which it got the name ‘Sigiriya’, meaning ‘Lion’s Rock.’ The feet of the lion remain till date while the upper part is destroyed.

Frescos: It is eye candy!

Sigiriya frescos (stroke paintings) are believed to depict either the king’s wives, concubines, or other women who used to perform rituals and customs in the castle. Around eighteen paintings have lasted up to this date. These paintings show how women of ancient days lived, their head jewelry and mere beauty. It is a significant symbol of Sri Lankan history.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what is so good about you at all?

One of the most amazing elements of Sigiriya is the Mirror Wall. This was used to be polished so thoroughly that the king used to see his reflection through it. This was used to write poems and scripts by visitors. The oldest script denotes that the fortress used be a tourist spot for more than a thousand year.

The oldest landscape in the world

The rock’s western upper side has pools, a terrace-like pond, and landscaped gardens. In the entire world, Sigiriya engineering is considered one of the most complicated technologies to this date. The landscaped gardens accompanied by pools on top of the rock, show unbelievable hydraulic systems that has been pumping water from under the ground to the top of the Sigiriya rock.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Tour with Mahaweli

You can plan your Sigiriya Rock Fortress Tour with Mahaweli Tours & Holidays. We are a reputed and leading tour agency in Sri Lanka. No need to think twice. Simply call 0777 111 553 or send an email to info@mahaweli.lk.

Conclusion:

This magnificent Rock Plateau is still one of the wondrous creations of all time, considering the engineering technology, landscaping, paintings, and water systems. For every tourist that steps in to this island, the first note of advice from locals is to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and they are right, you should pay a visit to see it yourself!

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Hiriketiya Beach, or what some call “Hiri Beach,” is an upcoming popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. If you are seeking the best places for surfing in Sri Lanka, then you should not miss this beautiful spot. It is popular for its calm nature, yoga activities, delicious foods, and golden sands. This is certainly a marvelous place for those who love beach life.

Location

Hiriketiya Beach is situated in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It’s a narrow bay. The area and surroundings are comprised of many palm trees. The distance from Colombo is 193km and from Galle is 64km. However, it’s not far away from Matara City and it’s about 21km. You can easily come to Matara via the Southern Expressway from Colombo. Unfortunately, there are no train roads nearby. Dickwella is the closest town to the beach, and it is 2km away. Busses are available from Matara to Dickwella. You can then easily access the location by tuk tuk.

More Facts About Hiri Beach

Hiriketiya Beach is a surfing paradise. It is the main attraction of this marvelous destination. This is a more suitable place for beginner surfers. The waves are superb all year round. You can rent surf boards from many places out there on the beach. The experts and guides will help you with the matter of ‘how to do surfing’.

The place is also nice for swimming. It’s less deep and you can walk a long distance towards the sea. As well, the place is awesome for other beach activities like snorkeling.

The surrounding palm tree forest has added additional beauty. Anyhow, Hiri Beach is a relatively small spot. But there are many restaurants and cafes nearby. Accommodation is also available nearby for those who are searching for budget, mid-range, and luxury stays.

Climate

The average annual rainfall of the Dickwella area is around 1500mm. From October to December, the area receive more rainfall than other times of the year. The Average Annual Temperature is about 28 ’C. The wind speed is high in the May to September months, and the wave speed is high in this season. Hiriketiya Beach is the best place to visit from October to March. You can experience a hot and humid climate in almost all coastal areas of the island.

Other Places to Visit in the Matara Area

  • Tangalle Beach
  • Weligama Bay
  • Talalla Beach
  • Hummanaya Blowhole
  • Dickwella Beach

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Lovers Leap Waterfall is not a widely popular waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Hawa Eliya area near Nuwara Eliya. The height of this beautiful waterfall is 30m. There are some myths and beliefs around this fall. This is an awesome place to visit in the Nuwara Eliya region.

How to reach

Lovers leap waterfall is situated 4 km away from the Nuwara Eliya bus stand. You should follow the Ragala-Udupussellawa route from there. Public transport is available along the road. But the Tuk Tuk is the perfect vehicle for this trip. After 3.5km, you should drop out of your vehicle. Now you need to walk on an uphill road for about 400m to reach the location. Don’t forget to get help from the locals. They will guide you to find the destination.

Facts about Lovers’ Leap Fall

This is certainly a scenic waterfall. You can stay on the large rock that is in front of the fall and watch its beauty. The spraying water drops will cool you. Someone can visit the upper part of the cascade. The surrounding picture of the city is fantastic and mind-blowing. You can see many vegetable growing fields and tea estates. Most of the local people are Tamil.

Piduruthalagala is the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, with a height of 2524m. The mountain and the surrounded forest area are the major water sources for the Lovers Leap Waterfall. Because of a myth, nobody will come to this place after 6 p.m. But you can come here at any time before 6 p.m. and it’s free to enter.

Lovers’ Leap Story

As we mentioned earlier, there is a story behind this. That has given the name to this waterfall. There was a royal prince who came to hunt in this area and got lost. Then, the local girl helped him in this trouble. The prince falls in love with that girl. But his parents were unsatisfied with the affair. That has made the couple take the decision to commit suicide. Finally, they all jumped from this waterfall and died. Today, people believe the ghost will come to the area in the night.

Lovers Leap Tea Factory and Pedro Tea Estate

Nuwara Eliya is a place which is rich in tea cultivation. The Pedro Tea Estate is situated near the Lovers Leap Waterfall and it has covered many hectares in the area. It was established in the 1880’s by the British and is considered as one of the oldest tea estates in the country. The estate is currently managing by Kelani Valley Plantations PLC.

Pedro Tea Estate is very popular around the world for its unique taste in tea. The seasonal tea is sold under the name of ‘Lovers Leap’. You can go to the Lovers Leap Tea Factory and learn about how Ceylon tea is processed. There is a nice tea shop in front of the tea factory. You can go there and enjoy the taste of a tea cup.

About Nuwara Eliya:

Nuwara Eliya is a major city in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It’s situated in a hilly area with an elevation of 1864m. The cool and breezy environment has made the area known as the “Little England of Sri Lanka”. The average annual temperature is around 15 °C and the average annual rainfall is about 2500 mm. There you experience a sudden changing climate. Rainy seasons bring more water to the Lovers Leap Waterfall and that will increase its beauty.

March to April is the spring season of Nuwara Eliya. Many travelers come in that season. Flowers are blossoming and the environment looks amazing. There are many hotels, restaurants, and villas available for visitors.

Here are some of the places to visit in Nuwara Eliya:

  • Single Tree Hills
  • Ambewela Farm
  • Hakgala Botanical Garden
  • Horton Plains National Park.
  • Victoria Park

Along with those places, don’t forget to visit Lovers Leap Waterfall during your Nuwara Eliya tour. You can plan your Nuwara Eliya City Tour with us. Just call: 0777 111 553 or drop a mail to: info@mahaweli.lk

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Tangalle beach is a beautiful place with white sand, coconut groves, and turquoise water. The area is widely popular among foreign tourists. It is an awesome shoreline for those who love quiet and peaceful vacations.

Tangalle is a coastal city which is situated in the Hambanthota District of Sri Lanka. It was a fishing village in the past. The area became a paradise for beach lovers with the development of tourism in Sri Lanka. There are many beaches in the area, and Tangalle Beach is one of them.

How to reach

The distance to Tangalle from Colombo is 205km. It takes around 4 hours to get there. If you are starting from Matara or Hambanthota, then the distance is 45km. This takes around 1.5 hours to arrive. The location can be easily found with Google maps or you can take support from locals. It is 1km away from the Tangalla Bus Stand.

climate and weather.

The South-East area of Sri Lanka is one of the driest places in the country. The average rainfall is between 1000 and 1500 mm. There is much rainfall from October to April. The average annual temperature is around 28’C. Wind speed is a bit high from May to September. The ideal time to visit Tangalle Beach is considered to be the November to April period.

More Facts About the Tangalle Beach

Tangalle Beach is a superb place for relaxing. It is away from the busy cities. The white sand has spread over kilometers. That has made you perfect for a morning run along the shoreline. There you see a small bay with a sheltering reef. That has reduced the speed of the waves.

This is not an ideal place for swimming. But the rough waves are perfect for surfing. If you are a lucky person, then you will meet various kinds of sea turtles. The picture of the sunset is magnificent, and that will definitely amaze you.

Tangalla Beach is not very crowded. It has attracted many budget travelers and those who love a quiet environment. Evenings are always busier than the mornings. There are many restaurants, cafes, hotels, and villas out there for visitors. Parking facilities are also available near the beach.

Other Places to Visit in the Tangalla Area

  • Hummanaya Blowhole
  • Mulkirigala Rock Temple.
  • Turtle Watching in Rekawa
  • Bundala National Park
  • Yala National Park.
  • Goyambokka Beach
  • Hiriketiya Beach

So, we recommend Tangalle Beach for those who seek beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. This is a superb spot to relax your mind.

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Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean is a versatile tourist destination which is surrounded by attractive coastal line and hill country in the middle. Therefore; you can enjoy typical tropical weather as well as non-tropical climate. Do you love to experience a cool and gloomy atmosphere? Then Nuwara Eliya city tour becomes your first option to explore. 

Nuwara Eliya- Once a colonized city

Nuwara Eliya is located in Central Province and there is approximately 170 Km of distance from Colombo. There is a subtropical highland climate due to its highland geographical features. The average temperature is 16 °C. As one of the centers for tea plantation in ancient Ceylon, environment and culture of the city are better indication of an ancient British colony.

The city was founded by Samuel Baker who was an English explorer. During the period between 18th to early 19th century, it was under the British rule. Due to its similar atmosphere to England, the city was highly favored by the English civil servants as well as the planters. It is well known as ‘ Little England” in nowadays also. 

If you can reach the city accompanied by a professional guide, it will save your time and you can gain the utmost historical information on the city. 

Places to enjoy in the city

Since this is an ancient English colony, you are absolutely amused by its traditional British constructions and architecture. There are several remarkable buildings in the city like the Grand Hotel, the colonial-style post office, the Hill club, Queen’s Cottage, St. Xavier’s Church.  The emerald green gardens with full of roses drag your imagination to a fairly tale. 

Are you looking for a place to relax with natural beauty? Victoria Park is the ideal to spend your time as one of the main attractions of the city. There is a variety of flora and even you can enjoy bird watching. Nanu Oya River flows through the park creating small lakes and it brings more eye-catching sceneries. 

If you need more adventure, you should visit the Lake Gregory surrounded by the lush countryside. It was constructed during the period of the British Governor William Gregory. You can have a boat ride or enjoy fishing. Even bicycle riders are allowed around the lake.

Make your time to visit Nuwara Eliya Golf club, one of the oldest Golf club and Nuwara Eliya Racecourse, the one and only horse racing venue in the island. 

Having pleasant weather there are many fruits and vegetable farms around the city. Not only that but also the picturesque tea plantations in all over the highland also offers you serenity. 

The friendly and multicultural community always encourages you to roam around the city. You can taste delicious food visiting to a luxury hotel or restaurant. If you love to taste street foods, there are plenty of cost-effective food stores. Finally, do not forget to visit Bale Bazaar and buy something to remember.

It’s time to ready your Nuwara Eliya City Tour with us!

Tour in Nuwaraeliya, The Little England

Possible Starting / Pick-up Locations :
Nuwaraeliya,Hatton,Kandy,Ella, (You can let us know your exact location for us to check and confirm the possibility)

Duration : Safari Tour will take around 04 on average.

Tour Type : A private tour. Vehicle and the Guide / Chauffer guide are dedicated to you / your group. Safari tour will be done by an off road vehicle and traveling to the starting point and back will be done by Comfortable Car / Van / Mini coach

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With natural beauty, ancient value and modern adventures, Sri Lanka is a finest destination in South Asia. Travelers can easily reach the island from any part of the world as it locates in the middle of the Indian Ocean and it is well known as Pearl of the Indian Ocean. 

If you are a lover of safari tours, there are many places to visit in Sri Lanka. Yala National park, Wilpaththu, Udawalawa and Kumana are some of them. 

The Background Story

Kumana National Park is the most popular bird sanctuary in Sri Lanka and it is located in southeast coastal line in Sri Lanka. Actually, it is a part of Yala National park and earlier it was known as Yala East National Park.

The park has an ancient historical value also that it becomes a part of an ancient civilization belonged to 3rd century BC. When we consider the most recent history, it was closed from 1985 to 2003 due to the civil war in Sri Lanka. Not only was that but the park affected by Tsunami also in December 2004

Things to do

As a huge national park and there are plenty of wilderness and natural beauty, Safari tour at Kumana National park is the ideal option to do. However, you may wonder what is the best season to visit there? As there is no hard a strict rule to visit that this is the best month, you should be careful on the rainy season. It will disturb your entertainment and you may miss the beauty of wildlife. Therefore February to July is the best time to visit. From April to July you can watch many species of birds that they are nesting and breeding during this period. 

There is a private safari tour dedicated to you or your group where will be allocating a comfortable vehicle depending on the size of the group. Accordingly, you can enjoy Wildlife safari, Full day safari, Private safari or a Jeep safari. You can decide the time of your safari whether it is morning or afternoon depending on what types of animals and birds you need to watch.

Only thing you should do is book your tour in advance. It is better to accompanied by a guide also, because there are several obstacles in the park. More tricky roads may confuse you and without the knowledge and experience of them, you may not spot the birds and animals as you wish. 

You can see birds like pintail snipes waterfowl and wading birds, storks, moorhens, ducks, and ibis. During the nesting season, they migrate from all over the world. Therefore bird watching is a major activity. At the same time, this is a home for turtle, otters, crocodiles, elephants, wild boars, peacocks and many more species.

There are few camping sites are also available in the park. 

During your visit to this place always be quiet and patient to enjoy the maximum and for the safety, because you are entering a world of wildness. And do not forget your camera.  

Kumana National Park Safari with Mahaweli Tours & Holidays

Possible Starting / Pick-up Locations:
Arugambay, Ella, Thissamaharama, Udawalawa or any other nearby location. (You can let us know your exact location for us to check and confirm the possibility)

Duration: Safari Tour will take around 3 ½ on average.

Tour Type: A private tour. Vehicle and the Guide / Chauffer guide are dedicated to you / your group. Safari tour will be done by an off road vehicle and traveling to the starting point and back will be done by Comfortable Car / Van / Mini coach.

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Minneriya National Park is another famous tourist destination in Sri Lanka. The place is widely popular due to its largest elephant gathering. It belongs to the Polonnaruwa District of North Central Province. Minneriya National Park is the home to many wild animals. This covers 8889.4 ha.

Location

Minneriya National Park is situated 182km away from Colombo city. It needs almost 4 hours to reach the capital. The distance from Kandy is about 105km. It will take around 3 hours to reach this from there. Google Maps will help you find the location. Dambulla, Sigiriya, and Polonnaruwa are some of the most visited tourist destinations on the island. Those locations are not far from this national park. Therefore, many of them don’t miss this place to visit.

History

Minneriya Tank, or what the locals call “Minneriya Wewa,” is an ancient construction. It was made by King Mahasen in the 3rd century AD. The purpose of the tank was to supply essential water for paddy cultivation. The surrounding forest was the main water source for the tank. Apart from that, the Amban River and Elahera Canal bring water to the Minneriya Tank.

The tank and its surrounding forest were declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. It was further declared as a national park in 1997/08/12. The aim of the declaration was to protect the tank and wildlife of the area.

Climate

The Minneriya National Park and surrounding area receive an average annual rainfall of 1000–1500 mm. The average annual temperature is around 25–30 °C. The North-Eastern Monsoon is the main rainfall source and it is active from October until February. There is a clear dry season from May to September.

Wildlife

Minneriya National Park is home to 24 mammal species, 1600 bird species, 9 amphibian species, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species, and 75 butterfly species.

Some of the birds that you can watch here are the Sri Lankan Junglefowl, Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, and brown-capped babbier. It is a paradise for both resident and migrant birds. Along with them, you can identify the Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Buffalo and two types of endemic monkeys.

Elephants

Minneriya is best known for its largest elephant gatherings. Group of 150 – 300 wild elephants can identify together in the dry seasons. Elephants in Matale, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee disticts migrate to Minneriya National Park in the dry season. They gather around the Minneriya Tank because of the food and water. Therefore, May to September time period consider as the best time to visit this sanctuary.

There are many Safari service providers around this national park. So, you can pick one of them to plan your wildlife tour. As well as you, there are many hotels and lodges for tourists in Dambulla, Sigiriya, Habarana and Girithale areas. This is the National Park that you should visit if you love Sri Lankan Elephants and widlife.

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