Gregory Lake is found a short distance away from the Nuwara Eliya town centre – it’s worth the travel time however! This tranquil body of water is a great picnic stop and is often frequented by rare bird varieties. One of the best ways to experience this fantastic attraction however, is to simply take a boat ride along its waters, taking in all the wonderful sights that surround you.
The lake itself is named after Sir William Gregory – a former governor of British Ceylon. It has been a premier attraction in Nuwara Eliya since the 19th century. The lake is one of the most family-friendly places to visit in the region. Simply put, the views and scenery you’ll be treated to during your visit are absolutely spectacular.
If you are planning to explore the lake via boat, there are a couple of options available to you. IF you prefer to take things slow and appreciate all the beauty around you, consider booking a slow sawn boat for yourself. If you prefer to get some exercise in, perhaps a rowing session is in order. Finally, if you’re looking for a bit of excitement, consider grabbing a jet ski and racing across the water’s surface.
If you’re following the traditional boating paths of Gregory Lake, your tour can be broken down into three phases. To start things off with, you’ll be cruising along the entrance portion right next to the Nuwara Eliya Town. A bit further on, you’ll run into an anicut in the lake. This is a great section to enjoy a spell of birdwatching. Finally, you’ll reach the opposite end of the lake and by proxy the other ned of Nuwara Eliya Town. The whole tour can be quite an adventure and there are plenty of rest stops you can make along the way.