This is the tallest light house in Sri Lanka and it is currently used for navigational purposes, specially to guide the direction for the sea vessels. This light house has been designed and constructed by William Douglass of the Imperial Lighthouse Service in 1889. Dondra Head Light House is octagonal in shape, constructed with bricks and painted in white. This is located at the south most point of Sri Lanka called Point Dondra and it is at a distance of about 6km from Matara, the main city of the Southern Province, Sri Lanka. The name Dondra is “Devi-Nuwara” in Sinhala meaning “City of Gods”.
Several Views of Dondra Head Light House
Height of this light house is 160ft and tourist can climb up this under the permission of Sri Lanka Port Authority who manages and operates the light house currently. But, time to time, this had been closed for tourists due to security reasons.
This is a tourist attractive location in Sri Lanka and also there is a beautiful sea around the location.
At this location, also, there is a special survey monument, a “Fundamental Bench Mark” constructed by the Department of Surveys, Sri Lanka which establishes the height above Mean Sea Level (MSL) precisely.
This water fall is located in the Uva-Paranagama Divisional Secretary Area and in the Badulla District. It is close to the Nuwaraeliya and Badulla District Boundaries. One who wish to visit Bomburu Ella can reach either from Nuwaraeliya or Welimada Towns. For reaching the location from Nuwaraeliya, one has to travel on Nuwaraeliya – Welimada Road (A5 Main Highway) and turn right at Galahagama Junction and continue on Rendapola – Galahagama – Ambagasdowa Road; and then up to Bomburuella village (Total distance about 14km). beyond this location one needs to travel about 4km up to the last point of the water fall. This waterfall is also called as Perawella Falls (Location – Perawella – Coordinates 6°56′51″N 80°49′51″E)
Gregory lake was originally developed under the authority of Sir William Gregory in 1873. It has been constructed damming of the Thalagala stream, which originates from Mount Pidurutalagala. In 1913 the waters of the lake were directed into a tunnel which flows to a hydro power station at ‘Blackpool’.
This is a prominent place in Nuwaraeliya and a popular tourist destination where local and foreign tourist visit, spent their time and relax.
Also, these tourists can enjoy with boat riding in Gergory lake and recently, many other recreational facilities have been introduced including cycling.
Months of April and May of each year are the most beautiful periods due to blooming of all trees in the Nuwaraeliya area. Therefore, Municipal Authorities specially arrange the area providing necessary public facilities and the whole city gets ready to welcome the tourists. If you wish to visit Nuwaraeliya during the next season, you will have to get reserved your accommodation well in advance.
Following are some of the pictures of flowers at Gregory Lake Park taken during the month May, 2019.