Devon Falls in Nuwara Eliya- A pristine oasis in Sri Lankan hill country.


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Devon falls is one of the most picturesque water falls in Sri Lanka. Its view through the lush green and the rocky dunes, caught while travelling in the famous Hatton- Nuwera Eliya road is a stunning vision to die for. It is usually a key spot recommended by most private tour providers who offer Sri Lankan Luxury holidays such as the Sri Lanka Tailor-made. However if not included in your tour package, please make sure you make the suggestion as this is a resemblance of the glorious tropical wonders of the island thus is a must see destination.

It is situated 6km towards the west of Nuwara Eliya District, and is about a 50 minute drive through Talawakele. The waterfall, formed by the Kothmale Oya and a branch of the Mahaweli River is located 1140 m above sea level. This is a 97 m high waterfall, gushing down gigantic rocks and boulders through the rich greenery that is the exotic eco system of the hill country of Sri Lanka.
The area surrounding the falls is home to a variety of attractive biodiversity including the endemic purple-faced leaf monkey and the many multi-coloured bird species. However it is quite appalling that Devon falls is one of the six waterfalls that has been adversely affected by the Kotmale hydro power project. Environmentalists believe that this project have greatly affected the eco system and exclusive species living in its surroundings. For example Kotmale was famous for ‘treacle’ and ‘juggery’; both products of the Kitul tree and these plants have gradually disappeared from the area since the initiation of the project. Nevertheless, the tenacious urging of various other environmental assemblies and projects have managed to prevent the complete destruction of this natural utopia.
The falls got its name, from the popular, British coffee planter Devon, whose plantation is still located near the waterfall.

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Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka; Urban Paradise for Birds – The Botanical Beauty of Nuwara Eliya’s Victoria Park

Nuwara Eliya is one of the most strikingly beautiful areas of Sri Lanka due to its breathtaking forest splendour and the captivating works of British architecture. The Victoria Park is one of the most essential visits if you find yourself in Nuwara Eliya, because it is a place that is historic as it is beautiful. The beast times to visit the park are from March to May and then August to September. The park is situated at the town’s centre close to many Nuwara Eliya hotels such as Jetwing St. Andrews.

The park was named in honour of Queen Victoria, in order to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. This took place in 1897. The park had existed some time before that and initially functioned as a research field for the Hakgala Botanical Garden. The first tree planted in this was an oak, and it was carried by a German princess during a visit.

The park is massive, covering a total span of twenty-five acres, and contains some strikingly beautiful plants and flowers. It is home to the widest range of flowers in the country, and there are bound to fuel your imagination. In total there are around eighty different species of plants.

Incredibly, Victoria Park is also an incredibly popular place for bird-watchers since the park also contains a vast assortment of bird species. Among these various feathered creatures you will find awe-inspiring examples such as the Oriental Asian Magpie, one of the smaller of its species, with a distinctly coloured tail.

If you’re looking for a place to escape the metropolitan chaos of the city then Victoria Park is definitely for you. A simple stroll through this marvellous green-space is sure to fill your mind with tranquillity. Remember to visit the park during flowering season to gain the best experience possible.

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Horton Plains – A rich biodiversity of forests, Birds, Falls and plants

Horton Plains are considered to be the second and the third highest of Sri Lanka, and is situated at the central highlands to the west and the north respectively, with an altitude of (6900 ft-7500ft). The World’s End at Horton Plains is the main attraction, with a large number of locals and tourists visiting each month, bringing in over a revenue of 20 million. Horton Plains is situated 32 kilometers from Nuwara Eliya and 8 kilometers from Ohiya. One can stay over at arguably one of the best 4 star hotels in Nuwara Eliya which is the Heritance Tea Factory Hotel. This unique and beautiful hotel is nestled on the mountains which are considered to be one of the best tea plantations in the world. This hotel has over 54 cozy and classy rooms, where one can experience the local wildlife and community on their nature trials and unique tea plucking experiences.

Horton Plains is rich in bio diversity and many species that are found are endemic to the region. The plains have many evergreen forests with over 750 species that of plants, believed to be endemic to the park and to Sri Lanka. The Horton Plains is also, an important Bird Area, which contains over 21 species of birds which are unique to Sri Lanka. There are many species of ferns, and orchids, specially 16 kinds of Orchids which are yet again endemic. The plains has many falls, swamps and streams, with Slab Rock Fall and Baker Falls being two of the most famous falls.

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