What a Memorable Feeling, Ambewela Wind Power & Ambewela Farm Nuwara Eliya
Ambewela : Weather: 16°C, Wind NE at 13 km/h, 94% Humidity
After little bit of heavy lunch from Nuwara Eliya, we set out into the mountains in Ambewela Wind Power & Ambewela Farm Nuwara Eliya to enjoy the misty afternoon and cool breezing.
When you come to the Blackpool Junction Nuwara Eliya,then you turn into the left side of the road to head on to the Ambewela and Horton Plain.
Since we booked our accommodation in Pattipola Nisansala Guest house, we were compelled to take this road.
If you take this route, you will NOT be very much excited at the beginning of the road but once you passed the Meepilimanna reservoir or Kande Ela Reservoir ( There are a lot of name for this Ambewela Reservoir) and the Forest department bungalow, you suddenly comes into different world.
You find everything around you is GREEN,even the sky is Green.
Everywhere looks Green.
I told the driver to stop the vehicle immediately.
We stopped the the vehicle and everybody got off from the vehicle but I was first to get off as I could not believe my own eyes and feeling that I was getting.
What a mesmerising atmosphere of this Ambewela Wind Power & Ambewela Farm road side.
This trip to Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plain was a real blessing to have a break from my corporate stressful life and when you see this type of atmosphere, you think that you just close to the heaven.
May be I was so taken up when I saw this place Ambewela Wind Power & Ambewela Farm first time in my life.
We reached this place approximately at 3:00PM.
The sky was bit dark, mist was slowly setting in the atmosphere with a little drizzle.
What a feeling !!!!,guy like me from Colombo, I felt like, I was entering into a different world.
I could not believe myself, why Sri Lanka is so much beautiful country and why on earth I waited such long time to visit this place.
On to our left side, lush green meadows and grasslands spread all over the Ambewela and on your right side, giant white win mile Farm.
Ambewela wind Farm is one the small wind plant in Srilanka and Manged by Aitken Spence PLC. According to wikipedia, it generates power connected to the national grid and is only about 3MW power.
This is the first time I saw a Wind mill, some people calls it , Wind Farm. I have seen these win farm on the internet but not in my own eyes.
The Ambewela Wind Power & Ambewela Farm siting was amazing. The giant white colour Win farm on the meadows and other side is the Ambewela Farm grassland where cows are gazing on the green pasture.
My Canon Powershot camera is not the best for the photography but I clicked the camera like a crazy mad guy.
We told Driver to go head of us as we wanted to work on the Road and enjoy the breezing and the misty afternoon.
Everybody who come to Ambewela, they go to see the Ambewela Farm or Ambewela New Zealand farm. They only take to route to reach that Destination but never enjoy the site-seeing of the road side.
I am not saying, you should not to to the Farms but the beauty of the Ambewela lies between the way to these farms.
If you go by a vehicle on this road to the Farms, you just go passed this atmosphere and you will miss the most import Feeling and the experience .
Your vehicle may go fast you never be able to enjoy what I experienced.you never enjoy the atmosphere and site.
I strongly recommend you to take a good work on the road,Ambewela Wind Power & Ambewela Farm.
Just get off from your vehicle where the Wind Farm is started. just walk on the road up the Ambewela Milk Factory. You can tell your driver to come behind you or go pass you and part at the Ambewela Milk Factory venter[above Photo place].
there is big space where you can part your vehicle.
Who ever goes there can enjoy the fresh cow milk,taste fresh goat cheese or goat milk or Yogurt. Enough of entreatment.
If you are a Sri Lankan or foreigner, who ever, take my advice.just take a good walk.Take a good deep breath while walking and enjoy both side of the road sites. if you have camera, click as much as you want. it is so memorable.
Be careful when you work with your KIDS as road is narrow.
WARNING: Do not try to walk on the Grassy area beside on road as there are a lot of leaches. Believe me, be careful about this. Walk on the tarred road.
Only a few vehicles go on the road. But be aware!!!! There are lot of idiots who drives very fast also the road is narrow but well carpeted(as at 30th of October 2014)
I am pretty sure, I added at least 3 years to my life walking on that atmosphere 🙂
When I was writing this article, I recalled all the feeling and the experience that I had,I am pretty sure, I added another year to my life :-).
What is This Grass. Is this a Native Grass ?
Have you ever wondered, what type of Grass on these grassland or meadow. By looking at the grass, you know that, it is not the native grass.
Then what ?
it is called Rye Grass or Ryegrass
If a cow needs to produce high quality milk , cows need to consume high protein grass like Ryegrass.
Ambewela grassland is covered with Ryegrass and Clover with seeds imported from both New Zealand and Australia.
Next year,I am planning to go on hike from Mepilimana Station to Pattipola Station.
It was DAMN GOOD Experience and Looking forward to do the same next year.
Extra Notes If You Like to Read More
The area is also sometimes called Little New Zealand. The town is situated approximately 17 km south-east of the district capital Nuwara Eliya. Ambewela is also popular for being the highest (in altitude).
There are two farms at Ambewela. One is Ambewela farm which is at on the way to Ambewela and New Zealand farm is at 3km from Ambewela railway station.
There are two beautiful and famous lakes at close to Ambewela place. One is Mepilimana ( Kandeela Lake ) and other one is Ambewela Reservoir.
Ambewela Reservoir is on the way to New Zealand farm and Kandeela Lake is at Mepilimana ( 6Km from Ambewela Junction of Nanuoya ) which is in middle of Nuwara-eliya and Ambewela.
If you are a fan of Hiking like me, then, there is a nice big and deep railway bridge at Ambewela area for you to see.
It is approximatly at 3km away to Parakumpura side of Ambewela. If you are confused about these direction, just Google the direction and the places that I talk about.
After passing the Ambewela bridge Elgin Waterfalls able to see in down side. Elgin waterfalls is closed to Ambewela bridge. That is about 200m.
Brief History of Ambewela Farms
With its beginnings in 1945 under the Department of Agriculture and then handed over to the National Livestock Development Board in 1978 the Ambewela farms and factories were privatised in 2001 by the Chandrika Kuraranatunga’s government.
Lanka Milk Foods bought Ambewela farms, a member of the Stassen Group of Companies.
Under this new management, the production at the farms, elevated to international standards, had since increased to threefolds and continues to flourish and advanced in quality and productivity.
A recent development at the Ambewela farm – a new, technologically advanced production facility – has now begun to introduce Flavoured Milk, Yoghurt and Cheese of premium quality, to the markets.