Located in the center of the Nuwara Eliya city, the Victoria Park, was formally named as such to commemorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally used as the research field of the Hakgala Botanical Garden, the park is known to be established by the planting of an Oak tree by a German Princess who visited Nuwara Eliya at the latter part of the 19th Century.
The park is 27 acres in extent and about 90% of the tree species available are those of foreign origin. Nanu Oya which flows through the park and a number of lakes within it enhances its beauty.
Victoria Park offers some good ornithological opportunities – a large number of rare bird species can be found in the park and thus, is quite popular among birdwatchers.
Sri Lanka Junglefowl
Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler
Sri Lanka Yellow-eared Bulbul
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler
Sri Lanka Dusky-blue Flycatcher
Sri Lanka White-eye
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon
Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush
Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush
Sri Lanka Hill Munia
Indian Blue Robin
Blyth’s Reed Warbler
Large-billed leaf Warbler
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Indian Pond Heron
Forest Eagle Owl
Pied Bush Chat Common Mynah
Pale-billed Flowerpecker Black Eagle
Spotted Dove Purple-rumped Sunbird
Common Iora Crimson-backed Goldenback
Velvet-fronted Blue Nuthatch Oriental Magpie Robin
Awareness and Conservation
Jetwing St. Andrew’s organized an awareness programme about the rare birds species at Victoria park, Nuwara Eliya and their identification, for the employees of the park.
By Ishanda Senevirathna, Resident Naturalist of Jetwing St. Andrew’s