Nuwara Eliya was once a popular British hill station and is now a quaint and charming resort town full of somewhat incongruous English-style houses and Victorian architecture.
Thanks to lower temperatures, birdlife is startlingly different; a number of interesting species include two endemics: the handsome yellow-eared bulbul and Sri Lanka hill white-eye. Other residents include pied thrushes, Indian pitta, Indian blue robin, Blyth’s reed warbler and Kashmir flycatcher. Highlights of the area include Hakgala Gardens, Victoria Park, Galway Reserve and Horton Plains.
Horton Plains supports grasslands and dense montane cloud forest. In addition to characteristic flora, a cool and bracing climate plays host to colourful butterflies, wild orchids and almost all of the country’s endemics. Highlights include Sri Lanka blue magpie, dull-blue flycatcher, Sri Lanka junglefowl, whistling thrush, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, Ceylon hill munia, orange-billed babbler, pied bush chat and zitting cisticola. Also present are wild boar, sambar deer, and giant squirrel.
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