Nuwara Eliya in August, is a much more peaceful destination than Nuwara Eliya in April, where the festivities taking place in that little town make it more of a carnival than a salubrious holiday destination.
My grievance with Nuwara Eliya is that it is woefully lacking in places of adventure and interest. Piduruthalagala, once a heaven for nature trails being out of bounds due to security reasons, it seems that only Horton Planes remain for the adventurer. Determined to find more places of interest and exhilaration, one sunny morning we decided to take a trip to the Shantipura colony some 1,692 metres above sea level.
The settlement was established by Mr. T. William Fernando, former member of parliament representing Nuwara Eliya in the 1960s. In 1980 Mr. R. Premadasa the then prime minister provided better infrastructure facilities and renamed the locality Mudungala but still better known as Shantipura.
A short drive out of Nuwara Eliya on the Kandy road and a turn off near the Bambarakele temple along the Oliphant Estate road, will take you right up the mountain to the Shantipura colony, a village situated in the Kikiliyamana range of mountains and said to be the village at the highest elevation in Sri Lanka.
As you reach the top the air is much colder, even on a bright sunny day. Once on top you have an excellent view over looking the Nuwara Eliya town and its vicinities. We were told that the mountain at most times gets covered with mist, but that morning rewarded us with a clear picture.
On top of the mountain is a small building; a superb look-out-spot. All around you is spread the splendour of Nuwara Eliya. The town in a cluttered heap of buildings with lake Gregory in the back ground, a shimmering mass of water.
On another side spreads tea country with its lush green gold carpets, a smart white tea factory, estate bungalows and line-rooms of its workers. On yet another side, a village with a milky white dagoba rising into the skies, vegetable plantations and other buildings of the suburbs of Nuwara Eliya.
It is a picture worth the ride. An outstanding birds eye view.
Daily Mirror, August 28, 2006
Map of the Shantipura village
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Traveling Directions to Shantipura village
Route from Nuwara Eliya to Shantipura village
|Though : Gampola Road|
Distance : 4,5 km
Travel time : 15 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map