Lake Gregory

Lake Gregory, a man made reservoir created by Sir William Gregory is the centrepiece of Nuwara Eliya. Initially created for the generation of electricity, it was transformed into an area of recreation and leisure. Providing beauty to the charming town of Little England.


  • The lake is a major historical landmark in the town of Nuwara Eliya
  • Lake Gregory also benefits as a crucial catchment area for rainwater
  • It is a popular area for families to gather and have picnics
  • There are a range of water sports such as boat rides and jet skiing


Lake Gregory is a scenic, artificial lake huddled at the bottom of the hills, bordering the town of Nuwara Eliya. A historical landmark created in 1873 by former Governor, Sir William Gregory, originally for the purpose of generating electricity since the town was growing rapidly during the colonial era. The lake was formed by diverting water from the Thalagala river which flows from the Pidurutalagala Mountain region which is directed to an area named ‘Blackpool’ by means of a tunnel and is used to generate electricity. Lake Gregory also benefits as a crucial catchment area for rainwater.
A great advantage of the lake was the ample space it provided for holiday makers, thereby encouraging recreational activities such as boat rides and jet skiing on the lake. A trip to Nuwara Eliya must include a visit to this beautiful and picturesque lake.