Foot Print Holidays
Nuwara-Eliya nestling below Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, offers beauty unlimited. It is easy to see why the early British settlers fell for it. After the heat and dust of Colombo, the salubrious climate and the breathtaking landscape are a soothing balm, as Sir Edward Barnes discovered when he was governing the island in 1828 and used it as his up-country retreat. A little later the British explorer Samuel Baker, famous for discovering the source of Nile, spent time convalescing here and determined - “to make it a regular settlement………… a little English village……………” This misty mountain settlement is well known as “Little England in the hills”.
Horton Plains, a windswept plateau over 2000 metres [6500 feet] high, forbidding and awesome, interspersed with forest and Lanka’s second and third highest mountains, Pattipola & Totapola [ 2357 Metres / 7740 feet ]. This misty, silent grasslands streaked with icy rivulets, offer some excellent walks, the most famous being to “World’s End”.

Nature lovers will revel in this wide, Patna - grass covered plain, the haunt of many wild , yet harmless animals and home of many species of birds. Bridle path will take you to the precipice known as World’s End. A sheer drop of 1050 metres. Lie on your stomach & peep over the ridge, the view when it is clear of mist, is magnificent.
The delightful Hakgala Botanical Gardens lies at the feat of Hakgala, another prominent peak to the south of Nuwara Eliya.

The Rock Of Hakgala ( Jaw Rock ) rises 450 Meters ( 1,500 feet ) above the gardens and is said to be the place where Prince Ravana hid Sita. According to legend, there is a spot by “Sita Amman Kovil”, where soil is darker than elsewhere. When Prince Rama sent a troop of Apes in search of his beloved Sita, it so enraged King Ravana that he set fire to the tail of “Lord Hanumann”, angering the monkey god and causing him such discomfort, that he tore round in fierce rage setting fire to the trees of the forest. : The darkened soil bearing proof of this.

At the edge of the gardens is the Hakgala Nature Reserve, home to a host of wildlife including the bear monkey and sambhur, and a unique array of birdlife.
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