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The History

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The history of Nuwara Eliya roughly dates back to 1818 when Dr. John Davy discovered Nuwara Eliya as a place with a similar ...

hakgalaRising to an elevation of 5600 ft/ 1700 Meters a few miles off Nuwara Eliya, the Hakgala Gardens was established in the year 1860. It was established first as a cinchona plantation and then developed to an experimental garden for the acclimatization of plants from temperate zones in the tropics. Here one can find all the flowers seen in an English cottage garden in spring and summer. Hakgala gardens also have the oldest tea bush in the island, an ornamental pond and old style summer houses.Hakgala- meaning (jaw rock) rises to 1500 ft/ 460 Mt and offers one of the most stunning views of the surroundings and beyond. Legend says that it was part of the Himalayas carried here by the monkey – God Hanuman, in his quest to help Rama rescue Seetha from the demon – king Ravana.The site where Seetha was hidden, now called Seetha Eliya is just a mile away with a kovil (Hindu Temple) close by, erected in memory of Seetha called Seetha Amman Kovil.

  • Location

    Hakgala, Nuwara Eliya

    (6.4km from Nuwara Eliya)

  • Opening hours

    7.30am-5.30pm

Near Places

Seetha Raman Kovil

Seetha Raman Kovil

Located just 1 km from the Hakgala is the Seetha Amman kovil. This is the only Seetha Amman kovil in the world and is built according to South Indian architecture.

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Bomburu Ella lake

Bomburu Ella lake

Also known as Perawella Falls and located near the Nuwara Eliya border.

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Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake

Named after Sir William Gregory in 1873, this is a prominent attraction used for water sports and recreational activities.

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Strawberry Farm

Strawberry Farm

Strawberry Farms can be reached via Hakgala, Ambewela Road, New Zealand Farm Road.

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