Why Did I Quickly Moved Out from Nuwara Eliya Town In Sri Lanka
I wrote another post on “History of Nuwara Eliya”,if you are interested, why not read that. It is better know the History of the Place before You visit there.
We were very hungry when we reached Nuwara Eliya Town. I was so excited on our way to Nuwara Eliya as it was paradise to me.
Hmm !!!!, is this Nuwara Eliya Town which was built by British ? I am bit sceptical about it.
I was bit disappointed with things that I was observing while the Vehicle being moved through the Nuwara Eliya Town.
I was expecting an ancient British Style Town as Nuwara Eliya also know as “Little England”. I was expecting to see a fleet of buildings like, Cargills Building in Colombo.
The other reason is that I was expecting a type city known to me from history of facts. Nuwara Eliya was colonised and built by British according to recent history facts.
Of course, Nuwara Eliya is blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains, waterfalls and greenery but NOT the Nuwara Eliya Town
But I was not impressed with the Town or City of Nuwara Eliya. For me Nuwara Eliya town looks like the Main Street in Pettah, Colombo.
Nobody in our team, wanted to have lunch from the town(May be they had the same feeling like me even though they been to Nuwara Eliya couple times before this visit) .
Lunch : Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
So we decided move forward towards the Greory Lake side.
Vinesh and Tharindu were bit concerned about the Food. Our company,Shipxpress provides Buffet type of Lunch for our employees every day so Vinesh and Tharindu wanted have a quality and clean food for lunch 🙂 like ShipXpress Buffet Lunch.
We stopped at Gregory Lake as I wanted. Vinesh and Tharindu were asked to check for a place for Food.
Vinesh and Tharindu wanted to find another place but I insisted them to have lunch around the Gregory Lake Side as I wanted to enjoy the atmosphere
So we settled with Gregory Green Restaurant(Gregory Green Food) for our lunch.
It is a good Food center to have a quick meal. They provide Rice & Curry type of lunch as well as Chiness Fried Rice(Sri Lankan style Fried Rice :-)).
Owners were very friendly and quick in providing our meals.
Food was served hot. we ordered extra couple of meals as we were very Hungry. Vinesh and Tharindu also can eat like me 🙁
I do not call this Gregory Green as a “Restaurant” but it is a Food Oullet. You can sit outside so that you can enjoy the Gregory Lakeside View while having your lunch.
While we were eating, rain came down, so we moved into the inside of the Restaurant where there is shelter.
Since water was icy cold, I could not wash my hands properly :-).
The toilet was not very good and clean. Male can call it for a nature but not for a females.
Gregory Lakeside Nuwara Eliya
Gregory Lakeside is very beautiful and you need to pay Rs 50/= to enter inside the area.
I am sure, they may charge bit of high amount for Foreigners.
If you go with your kids, this is the must place to rest and relax. if you have time, why not spend a few hours around Gregory Lake.
It is an excellent place to relax and enjoy out of your busy life.
You can see the Piduruthagale Mountains over Gregory Lake.
Some Silly Thoughts on Nuwara Eliya Season Time
I never been to Nuwara Eliya during the Season. The Season starts from April and it last still end of April.
Vinesh told me that, Nuwara Eliya becomes very busy than Colombo during that Nuwara Eliya season time.
He told me that, Gregory Lake road has a lot of traffic during that time , it can be worst than Colombo city traffic.
You find carnivals, motor races, horse races and many things during the season.
I told myself that, I will never come to Nuwara Eliya during the season.May be Nuwara Eliya is more beautiful during the season than in November period but I do not want to visit Nuwara Eliya during the busy time.
This Nuwara Eliya beauty is more that enough to add a few years to your life, if you relax your self and enloy this mother nature.You do not need to visit during the season time to get this same feeling.
The reason that I do not want to come to Nuwara Eliya during the season is that I want to come to Nuwara Eliya to relax or take a break out of busy corporate life or enjoy the free time with my family and friends.
If Nuwara Eliya become Colombo during the season, you never get that feeling and It will another rat race.
Further, Vinesh told that during the season, everything is very EXPENSIVE and some time double the price.
These are my silly thoughts. A lot of people wants to visit Nuwara Eliya during the Season.
Anyway different people have different expectations.
Race Course of the Nuwara Eliya is not maintained properly and it looks very messy. My friend Vinesh told me that, It will be cleaned and maintained during the Nuwara Eliya carnival season.
I did not take photos as it was not good scenes to take :-). if you are interested in horse races, why not take a vacation during the season time :-).
One of our Friends, Diluk, system Engineer’s relation works in the Ambewela farm and we wanted to visit that place.
If you are interested to buy grocery items from Nuwara Eliya, you can buy from Keells and Cargils supermarkets.
You can find most of the local banks in Nuwara Eliya town but I did not see HSBC or Standard Charted Bank or NDB Bank.
On your way, if you are interested to buy some fruits from Nuwara Eliya, you can work into these fruit market stalls. But do not buy apples or Oranges or any other imported fruits, as you can get better once from Colombo 🙂 .
If you can find good Nuwara Eliya Stawberry, Why not take a few bunches 🙂 .
Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is an excellent place to visit, it is very beautiful and wanted to scroll on the Golf Club but could not find time do so 🙂
I went to see Grand Hotel in Nuwaral Eliya. Frankly I did not go inside the hotel but look around outside of the hotel.
Please read my Nuwara Eliya History Post, you will get to know everything about this Hotel.
I am not sure, whether I missed anything in Nuwara Eliya town.
I personally believe that the beauty of the Nuwara Eliya lies outskirts of the Nuwara Eliya Town.
According to the facts and history, Just like Cameron Highlands(one of the Malaysian Island), Nuwara Eliya was developed as a retreat for the British.
The outskirts of Nuwara Eliya town is a heaven for the home sick. The whole district is today a stopover for those who wanted to escape from the lowland heat(Guys like me :-)) but NOT the Nuwara Eliya Town.
If the government is very serious about the Tourism and Travel industry in Sri Lanka, they should allocate good amount of funds to refurbish this ancient city.