Visiting Sri Lanka is one of the best decisions I have made in my travel and adventure filled life. My heart still scolds my brain for even entertaining the thought of skipping Nuwara Eliya. I had only a few days leave from work start of February 2016 and I didn’t want to waste them lying around doing nothing. My heart ached to escape to another land. Once I had checked that weather wise February was an ideal time to visit Sri Lanka, my wishes turned into an actual plan. Having just 4 days, I had decided I would spend all my time relaxing and enjoying the beach life.
My initial plan was to spend two days in Galle and two days in Bentota. It was while I was google searching for the air miles that I needed for my flight that I came across a few pictures of the tea plantations in Sri Lanka. It was then that I realized beaches weren’t the only highlight of the island. One search led to another and before I knew it, I had my mind set upon visiting Nuwara Eliya. The picturesque surroundings and moderate temperature makes it an idea spot for vacationers.
TripAdvisor To The Rescue
As an avid traveler, I have always relied on TripAdvisor and the customer reviews on it. Thankfully I have never been disappointed yet. After spending a considerable amount of time thinking and looking, I finalized Calamander Lake Gregory as my accommodation for the two days I was going to be there. I still pat myself on the back for making this decision. I remember looking at the beautiful Lake Gregory and my cute wooden hut overlooking it on the crisp morning of February 4th. The view from my room was breathtaking. I could also glimpse the lush green tea plantations in the distance. The service at Calamander Lake Gregory was exceptional. There was good speed Free WI-FI access, an electric kettle, a flat screen television and a heating system in the small, yet cozy room. The only downside? The wooden floor creaked way too much.
Fun activities in the city
Horse riding was quite a popular activity around the Lake Gregory. At first I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to try it out but as soon as I saw the cute horse, I fell in love with it. Turned out to be quite a fun experience riding it.
Speed Boat Drive
There were many paddle boats in the lake but I preferred the speed boat as it looked way more exciting. With fresh breeze slapping your face and water splashing around you, it was a great experience.
Adma Agro Strawberry Farm
Having strawberry waffles, strawberry ice-cream and strawberry shake with a strong scent of strawberries in the air is an experience that no strawberry lover will forget.
Pedro Tea Factory
To stock up on the famous Sri Lankan tea and witness the vast tea plantations, this is a must visit place.
Visit the Salmiya restaurant to try out the most delicious pizza and spaghetti in the area.