Victoria Park (Nuwara Eliya)

Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park (Sinhala: නුවරඑළිය වික්ටෝරියා උද්‍යානය) is an urban park located in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. It is maintained by the Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council. Despite its urban setting, the park is one of the easiest places in the country to see rare endemic birds.

It is said that a German princess who was visiting Nuwara Eliya planted an oak tree at the site and over the years it transformed into a park. It was named after Queen Victoria to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. In 1917, a Cyprus tree was planted in the park to commemorate World War I of 1914 (Abeyawardana, 2004).

Presently, the park extends into an area of about 12 hectares (Abeyawardana, 2004). Initially, it had a large extent of land but it got reduced later as utilization of some of the land for civic purposes (Abeyawardana, 2004).

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.209-210.

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This page was last updated on 10 September 2023
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