Queen Victoria Park
The Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya was said to be named to Commemorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in 1897.
Initially, the park was used as the research field of Haggala Botanical Garden, located about 04 km from the city centre.
It is known that this park was established by planting an Oak tree by a German Prince who visited Nuwara Eliya in the latter part of the 19th Century. The park is 27 acres in extent, and about 90% of the tree species available are alien plants. Nanu Oya, which flows through the park and several lakes, enhances its beauty.
A large number of rare bird species can be found in the park. The park is a great tourist attraction in Nuwara Eliya. It was estimated that over 100,000 local visitors and around 4000 – 5000 foreign tourists visit Victoria Park annually.
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 Indian Blue Robin, Pled Thrush or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. Kashmir Flycatcher is another attractive bird species found in the park.
A mini-railway line is being constructed in the children’s park in Victoria Park at Nuwara Eliya to operate a miniature train for children. The track and railway station construction is nearing completion, and arrangements were made to import from China a train with a seating capacity for about 50 children.
Victoria park is a place to relax and enjoy the natural sights and clean mountain air. This place is famous for bird watching, and many plants and trees are available. Victoria park comes alive with flowers, especially during April when the city of Nuwara Eliya gets crowded. Kids will love this place because there is plenty of room to play.
Victoria Park is just 5 minute drive from Spring Acre.
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