Ambewela is a small town located in the Nuwara Eliya District, approximately 20 km from Spring Acre. It is suggested to plan a day trip to this region, where you can visit the following locations on your way to Horton Plains: Kande Ela (lake), Kande Ela nature trail, Ramya Horticulture strawberry farm, Ambewela Farms, Milco Factory and then go on to Horton Plains.
Due to the high altitude of 6,064 ft (1,848 m) the mean annual temperature in Ambewela area is below 17.5 °C (63.5 °F), while frost is common during the months of December and January. Ambewela is also popular for of being the highest (in altitude) and widest grassland in Sri Lanka. Mammals such as Sambar Deer, Leopard, Elephant dominate the majority of the forest cover around the area. The area is also sometimes called “Little New Zealand”. One of the less known, but a picturesque lake on the way to Horton Plains is the Kande Ela Lake, which is at Mipiimana. Boat rides are available on the lake.
Kande Ela Forest Garden is located adjoining the lake. The Forest Department maintains the Kande Ela Forest Garden for educational purposes. Their is a nature trail through the forest with many number of examples for Soil conservation methods, Types of plants, Environment pollution, Traditional culture. The nature trail is approximately 5 Kilometers and takes about one hour to complete.
The climatic and economical conditions in Ambewela make it an ideal location for dairy farming.
Ambewela Farms are made up of two farms, Ambewela Farm and New Zealand Farm. Blessed with the cool climes and pristine environment of the hill country, Ambewela Farm boasts superior breeds of cattle, modern technology and top-quality pastures where cattle graze freely. The result is an organisation of international standards in a local setting, producing the best quality milk and milk products.
The Ambewela Farm has purebred Ayrshire cattle and the New Zealand Farm in Ambewela rears purebred Friesian cows, with both farms maintaining a pure line of cattle. These pedigree cows require a great deal of attention, and in order to maintain the quality of the milk, the farm management takes great care to provide them with a balanced diet and sterilized drinking water. In addition, the cattle are given excellent healthcare by two resident veterinary surgeons at the farm that tend to the animals on a 24-hour basis. The farm also produces yoghurt and cheese. The largest grass lands of Sri Lanka are also a part of the Ambewela farms.
In addition to the cattle, Ambewela Farm has Rabbits, Pigs and Goats. The farm also cultivates differnet varieties of vegetables and seed potatoes. Cheese factory, Goat yard and thousands of animals can be seen in Ambewela farms.
A visit to the Ambewela Farm and the New Zealand Farm is a must, especially if you have young children.
When going past Ambewela junction towards Horton Plains you can view the Milco Factory. This is one of Sri Lanka’s few milk powder producing factories. If you are hoping to visit the factory it is recommended to call them on 052 567 0728 or 052 567 0726 before making any plans as factory visits are some times suspended for various reasons. However, there is a factory outlet, which sells produce under the Highland brand such as fresh milk, milk powder, butter, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.