Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya

Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya

Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
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  • CHD6265
    Odiham, United Kingdom417 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably not the best time to visit but clearly very well kept and popular with locals
    A bit disappointed not to get a map on entry (as entry is expensive for foreigners who probably need and should get a map). But once in you could sense the pride and ownership of the park keepers in preparing this place for the next blooming season. Only wish I could come back to see it. Also sorry to see that the cafe was closed - would have been so nice to sit and admire the park with a drink in hand
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 19, 2024
  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India983 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan not the best time for this park
    It’s like any other city park. We visited it in Jan, probably not the best month to visit as they were preparing the flower beds, and it was muddy at a few places. Also rainy day is not the best time to visit a park. It is lush green and I am sure Feb or March would be the best season when flowers bloom.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 19, 2024
  • Stu151
    Wickford, United Kingdom1,783 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, well kept, "English" park
    Excellent "English style" park, which is not a shock given the area's past ! Needs a map maybe and few extra seats. I don't object to paying an admission charge, but having different (and much higher) rates for foreigners is totally wrong (and doesn't encourage tourists, who are vital to the ailing Sri Lankan economy).
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 18, 2024
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PaoloRoss
Northampton, UK169 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya

First thing to note, although this is common, foreigners (you) get charged 300 rupees to enter. Locals are free.

We paid our fee to the lady behind the counter. As I turned around a male guard asked to check my ticket. He’d just seen me buy it but never mind.
We saw signs stating no plastic bottles or bags were allowed as they become litter.

The place was filthy with litter of all types but mostly plastic bottles. In one of the free flowing water areas there were several old tyres which had clearly been there for ages. It was obvious the bottles were not all from the day before due to the condition or grubbiness of them. We picked some up and gave them to one of the many guards and staff but there was too much for us to manage.
No one appeared to be proactively litter picking when our perception was that a person could have been tasked with this.

There was clearly ongoing work judging by the piles of garden debris but again our perception, this appeared to an effort to tidy the place up when it had been neglected over time.

We noticed some of the plants were covered in graffiti scratched into their leaves. Some people eh! But then we saw what appeared to be locals rather than foreigners doing exactly that. Despite the wealth of staff and uniformed guards this behaviour was unchallenged so we did, loudly.
These plants surrounded a water feature which was not in operation. There was a wooden jetty into the feature which looked 20 years past its prime, basically derelict and in need of removal.

I know this is not main season so the gardens would not be at their best but the overall impression was of poor and overdue management.

Overall we were disappointed and would not recommend this unless you have nothing else to do.

So we left and walked up to the nearby lake which was even worse! Again we were asked to buy a ticket, from where we were we could see rubbish floating everywhere. Don’t bother unless you want to see a few horses tethered.

Nuwara Eliya is grossly overrated and was a shame to waste two booked nights there.
Written February 10, 2020
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Samantha W
Melbourne, Australia138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Took the children to play before a long trip on the train. They loved running and climbing. The miniature train ride was fun and was 50lkr We spent about an hour here but you could bring a picnic and explore the rest of the beautiful gardens. Toilets are in the main park are very clean
Written January 18, 2020
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Shamara H
Colombo, Sri Lanka6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The park is very well maintained kudos to the concerned authority. There is an area for kids and it is just an ideal place for a morning or evening walk. If you need a quiet green oasis to relax in the city of Nuwara Eliya, this is just the idyllic location.
Written October 13, 2020
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India983 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
It’s like any other city park. We visited it in Jan, probably not the best month to visit as they were preparing the flower beds, and it was muddy at a few places. Also rainy day is not the best time to visit a park. It is lush green and I am sure Feb or March would be the best season when flowers bloom.
Written January 20, 2024
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CHD6265
Odiham, UK417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A bit disappointed not to get a map on entry (as entry is expensive for foreigners who probably need and should get a map). But once in you could sense the pride and ownership of the park keepers in preparing this place for the next blooming season. Only wish I could come back to see it. Also sorry to see that the cafe was closed - would have been so nice to sit and admire the park with a drink in hand
Written January 19, 2024
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Dinklage Lannister
Kandy, Sri Lanka97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
It’s a Real Paradise for Kids!
A pleasant place to go, especially if you have a small child who’s happy with a play area and doesn’t expect anything very sophisticated. All children below 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
This is a pretty large park, full of trees, flowerbeds, even topiary—bushes shaped into elephants, rabbits, and other creatures. There are several spaces with outdoor play structures, from slides and swings to see-saws and monkey bars. Some spaces are specially designed for younger children (with smaller slides, shorter ladders) and some for older children.
Specially the Train ride is great for the kids as well as the adults!
The location is heart of the town. My wife, daughter and I spent about two hours at the park. There is a very small fee to enjoy the park. Parking is available on the side streets. The scenery is beautiful and it is the perfect location for photographs.
I truly recommend this park for children and as well as for adults.
Written July 28, 2020
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Stu151
Wickford, UK1,783 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Excellent "English style" park, which is not a shock given the area's past !

Needs a map maybe and few extra seats.

I don't object to paying an admission charge, but having different (and much higher) rates for foreigners is totally wrong (and doesn't encourage tourists, who are vital to the ailing Sri Lankan economy).
Written February 18, 2024
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Kezhoughts
Perth, Australia208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Cost 500 rupees to enter per foreign adult. Have to pay to use toilet. Came here to kill time before the train. Had a nice selection of flowers. Greenhouse was locked with succulents inside.
Written June 10, 2023
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vagabondus
Copenhagen, Denmark49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
I arrived at the eastern gate at 7.10 am. The park is supposed to be open at 7 am. There was no one at the ticket window. The security man said come back at 7.30. I said “ but it should be open now”. He then demanded to see my ID! Whatever for?
I left and went to the main gate, which was open. The entrance fee for foreigners is 400lkr!
I have an interest in birds so walked slowly around the park. I didn’t see many birds….. but piles of rubbish and litter everywhere!
Written January 16, 2022
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Growmore67
Roydon, UK116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A large expansive park in the heart of Nuwara Eliya, with extensive lawns, flower bed and a large cascading pond. A great place to relax and spend an afternoon. While i didn't visit the park at its most colourful ( Apparently this is April/ May time when all the bedding plants are in full bloom) At the point of my visit these were still being planted up.....however there's still much to see and admire. Also good for the soul.
Written February 9, 2020
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