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Timings : 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Entry Fee : LKR 20

Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya Overview

Lake Gregory is a local reservoir situated in the city of Nuwara Eliya. It is a popular place for tourists to visit and enjoy some recreational activities. The lake was named after Sir William Gregory, in 1873, during the British era. Tourists can roam around the lake with the help of boats available for hire. This lake acts as the perfect picnic spot and tourists can also explore the lake by hiring bicycles. The best time to visit this lake is during April.

Lakes are always known to be the perfect getaway for some peaceful time. The Gregory Lake is one such popular spot in Nuwara Eliya. Thronged by tourists wanting to appreciate nature, this lake is perfect for picnics, strolls, and even bicycle rides. The Gregory Lake is situated in the heart of the city and was built by Sir William Gregory between 1872 - 1877. The lake has many recreational activities for the tourists, including boat rides around the lake. It is one of the most popular spots among tourists who visit Nuwara Eliya, and its calm and peaceful atmosphere is a testament to it.

Gregory Lake offers many recreational activities. Tourists can hire small boats, and go boating across the lake, or whizz across the lake in a speed boat. Tourists can also go for pony rides or bicycle around the lake. The misty hills surrounding the lake as you go boat riding, or sit at the banks of the lake, make up the perfect atmosphere. And if you are there visiting with your family, you can always have a lakeside picnic or a relaxed evening stroll along the lake. The lake has small restaurants around as well, so you can have some snacks while exploring. This place is a must-visit to get a dose of tranquillity and peace.

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The lake timings are from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Entry Fees And Other Costs

The entry fees for the lake is LKR 20
The price of renting a bicycle is LKR 100 per hour
The price for riding the swan pedal boat is LKR 500
The price for the pony ride is LKR 300 for 15 minutes

Things To Do

Gregory Lake is filled with different kinds of recreational activities to please people of all ages. 

1. The lake has many water-based rides like swan boats and speed boats.
2. The tourists can even hire a cruise, and go for a leisure ride around the lake while enjoying the scenery.
3. Apart from this, the lake also offers pony rides, where you can sit and ride a pony around the lake.
4. The lake also has a bicycle track built around it. You can hire a bicycle and ride around the lake.
The lake also has a well-maintained walking route built around it, which is perfect for casual strolls.


The Gregory Lake was built by, and named after Sir William Gregory, in the year 1873. The lake was initially a swampy area in the outskirts of the city. Sir William directed the construction of a dam over the Thalagala stream, which formed the lake. Fish reinhabited the lake, and it slowly sprang to life. The waters of the lake were also used to generate electricity through hydropower plants. Currently, the lake is a recreation spot, with different water-based activities.

How To Reach Gregory Lake

Since Gregory Lake is in the centre of the city, any mode of public transport would take you there.

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