The city was founded by Samuel Baker. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England, was a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Gregory Lake is one of the famous places of the tourists where boat racing, floating restaurants and beautiful flowers around the lake & well maintains.
Although the town was founded in the 19th century by the British, the district is today visited by native travelers, especially during April, the season of flowers, horse races, go cart races and auto rally.
Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, and Town Post Office. New hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Many private homes maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.