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Nuwara Eliya Town Square
Nuwara Eliya Town Square
A temple to Hanuman near Nuwara Eliya
A temple to Hanuman near Nuwara Eliya
A tea plantation near Nuwara Eliya
A tea plantation near Nuwara Eliya
A waterfall located in the surroundings of Nuwara Eliya
A waterfall located in the surroundings of Nuwara Eliya


Nuwara Eliya (Sinhala නුවරඑළිය Tamil நுவரேலியா)(pronounced approximately /nuːrəliːjə/), meaning "the city in the open plain (table land)in the hills", is a town in Sri Lanka. It is at an altitude of 1,990 m (6,128 ft) in the central highlands, and is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 339 pixelsFull resolution (1049 × 445 pixel, file size: 106 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Town square Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 339 pixelsFull resolution (1049 × 445 pixel, file size: 106 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Town square Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Hanuman20a. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Hanuman20a. ... This article is about a divine entity in Hinduism. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 550 pixelsFull resolution (1564 × 1076 pixel, file size: 840 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 550 pixelsFull resolution (1564 × 1076 pixel, file size: 840 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (534x800, 430 KB) Summary Waterfall on the road up to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Author=Dominique Schreckling [1] Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (534x800, 430 KB) Summary Waterfall on the road up to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Author=Dominique Schreckling [1] Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This chart shows concisely the most common way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is applied to represent the English language. ... Pidurutalagala (IPA ËŒpidurutaˈlaːgÉ™lÉ™ literally straw plateau rock, also known as Mount Pedro) is a mountain in the central hill-country of Sri Lanka, close to the city of Nuwara Eliya. ...

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History

The town was founded by Samuel Baker as a hill retreat for the British during the colonial era, where typical English pastimes including fox hunting, polo and cricket were played. Sir Samuel White Baker (8 June 1821-30 December 1893) was an English explorer. ...


Although the town was found in the 19th century by Englishmen, the site was frequently visited by native Sinhalese travellers. It has also been an area of pre-historic human beings as recent archaeological findings confirm.


Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period, and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. The Hill Club is the best preserved of the hotels, and charges admission for non-residents who wish to wallow in its nostalgia. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.


Climate

Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C. In the winter months it is quite cold at night, and there can even be frost. although it rapidly warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day.


Festivals

The town really comes alive in April for the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, and it is difficult to find accommodation as Sri Lankans holiday in the region during this period. The festive season starts on April 1st annually in a ceramonial manner. The ceremony consist with mainly a band show where all the school bands will participate. This is one of the famous and beautiful ceremonies in Nuwara eliya. Languages Sinhala Religions Theravada Buddhism, Christianity, small groups of atheists, agnostics, Muslims, others Related ethnic groups Indo-Aryans, Dravidians, Veddahs, Bengalis The Sinhalese are the main ethnic group of Sri Lanka. ... The Tamil Calendar is followed by the Tamil speaking state of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India, and by the Tamil population in Malaysia, Singapore & Sri Lanka. ... The New Year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. ...


Star attractions at this time are the numerous motor racing and horse racing events. Motor racing comes alive with the Mahagastotte and Radella Hill Climbs. The former being run since 1934. The Nuwara Eliya Road Race and the 4X4 Lake Cross on edge of Lake Gregory attract a fair share of enthusiasts. Parties are held nightly in the hotels, and the season culminates in the nine furlong (1811 m) Governor's Cup, and the flower show at the end of the month.


Attractions

The town's other attractions include the golf courses, trout streams, a park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. Victoria Park is an attractive and well-used oasis. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see various species, particularly the Indian Blue Robin, Pied Thrush or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. Kashmir Flycatcher is another attractive bird species found in the park. Galway's Land Bird Sanctuary, close to Lake Gregory, is another wildlife site of 0.6 km². Birding or birdwatching is a hobby concerned with the observation and study of birds (the study proper is termed American origin; birdwatching is (or more correctly, was) the commonly-used word in Great Britain and Ireland and by non-birders in the United States. ... Binomial name Luscinia brunnea (Hodgson, 1837) The Indian Blue Robin (Luscinia brunnea) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. ... Binomial name Zoothera wardii (Blyth, 1842) The Pied Thrush (Zoothera wardii) is an Asian thrush, a genus within the large thrush family Turdidae. ... Binomial name Zoothera dauma (Latham, 1790) The Whites Thrush (Zoothera dauma) is a member of the Thrush family Turdidae. ... Binomial name Ficedula subrubra (Hartert & Steinbacher, 1934) The Kashmir Flycatcher, Ficedula subrubra, is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ...


The town is a base for visits to Horton Plains National Park. This is a key wildlife area of open grassy woodland. Species found here include Leopard, Sambar, and the endemic Purple-faced Langur. Endemic highland birds include Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka White-eye, and Yellow-eared Bulbul. Horton Plains National Park is a national park in the highlands of Sri Lanka. ... For other uses, see Leopard (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Cervus unicolor (Kerr, 1792) Sambar Sambar in forest Sambar (also sambur, sambhur), is the common name for several large dark brown and maned Asian deer, particularly for the Indian species, which attains a height of 102 to 160 cm (40 to 63 in) at the shoulder and may... Binomial name Trachypithecus vetulus (Erxleben, 1777) The Purple-faced Langur (Trachypithecus vetulus), or Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, is a species of Old World monkey endemic to Sri Lanka. ... Binomial name Eumyias sordida (Walden, 1870) The Dull-blue Flycatcher , Eumyias sordida, is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. ... Binomial name Zosterops ceylonensis Holdsworth, 1872 The Sri Lanka White-eye, Zosterops ceylonensis, is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family. ... Binomial name Pycnonotus penicillatus Blyth, 1851 The Yellow-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus penicillatus, is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. ...


The park also has a well-visited tourist attraction at World's End, a sheer precipice with a 1050 m drop. The return walk passes the scenic Baker Falls. Early morning visits are essential, both to see the wildlife, and to view World's End before mists close in during the later part of the morning.


One of the distinctive features of Nuwara Eliya's countryside is the widespread growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers usually associated with temperate Europe. "Little England" has a somewhat incongruous conjunction of terraces growing leeks, beetroot and roses, interspersed with tea bushes on the steeper slopes. Tea leaves in a Chinese gaiwan. ...


The slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region produce some of the world's finest Orange Pekoe tea, and several tea factories around Nuwara Eliya offer guided tours and the opportunity to sample or purchase their products. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Other interesting places

There are a few places in N'Eliya which are interesting, though they are not popular attractions.


One is a grave stone of one British governor located in the very corner of the golf grounds. He was famous for elephant hunting and it says that he had hunted thousands of elephants. A folklore in Nuwara Eliya says that in every year this gravestone is struck by a thunder ball. That is for the great sin he has done. At present this place is not open for the visitors.


Another place related to folklore is the Hindu Temple called "Seetha Kovil" (Hanuman Kovil). It is found on the way to Badulla from Nuwara Eliya before reaching the Haggala Botanical garden. The temple is located in the village called "Seethaeliya".T he folklore about this area is related to the Ramayana in hinduism. Folklore says that the mighty king Ravana kidnapped princess Seetha who was the queen of Rama and hid her in the place where the temple now is. Later people built a temple in that place on memory of her. For the television series by Ramanand Sagar, see Ramayan (TV series). ... A depiction of Ravana, Hindu rakshasa King of Lanka In Hinduism, Ravana; sometimes transliterated as Raavana or Ravan or Revana) is the principal antagonist of Rama in the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. ... Rama ( in IAST, in Devanāgarī) or Ramachandra is a legendary or historical king of ancient India. ...


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Nuwara Eliya - LoveToKnow 1911 (102 words)
NUWARA ELIYA, a town and sanatorium of Ceylon.
Nuwara Eliya is reached from Colombo by railway, eight hours to Namuoya, and thence, by a light 22-ft.-gauge line, running up to the heart of the sanatorium.
The average shade temperature for the year is 58° F.; the rainfall, 95 in.
Nuwara Eliya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (576 words)
Nuwara Eliya (pronounced approximately /nuːrəliːjə/), the City of Light, is a town in Sri Lanka.
One of the distinctive features of Nuwara Eliya's countryside is the widespread growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers usually associated with temperate Europe.
The slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region produce some of the world's finest Orange Pekoe tea, and several tea factories around Nuwara Eliya offer guided tours and the opportunity to sample or purchase their products.
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