The governor Sir William Henry Gregory was a true pioneer in Sri Lankan colonial history. He gifted the National Museum for Colombo and Lake Gregory for N’Eliya.
While he was residing in N’Eliya he ventured to make this city a pleasurable place to travel. Gregory Lake is a fruit of such efforts. The area had been a swamp previously and in 1873, it was developed into a lake by crossing the Nanu Oya which originates from Mt. Piduruthalagala.
The Gregory Park was developed into a nature park and has become a protected nature reserve today.
The park is located 3 km from the city centre by N’Eliya – Welimada road [ Google Maps ]. The scenery is amazing with tea covered hills surrounding the lake. Visit this place especially if you’re traveling with kids.
Things to do in Gregory park
- Boat Riding (Price/Duration)
- Swan shaped paddle boats
- Jet Ski
- Kid’s Activities
- Enjoy local street food
- Have a picnic by the lake
There are pony rides as well but by the look of it, I feel these animals are tired and ill-treated. Better to skip this one.
The prices stated above are can vary according to the season and the service provider. They tend to overcharge foreigners for boat rides and stuff so be sure to haggle the price down.