Sri Lanka has several gardens that attract millions of visitors and locals each year. The beauty of Sri Lankan gardens is that each is located in a different region, under a different climate and as such, there’s always something unique in each.
- Peradeniya Botanical Garden; The Peradeniya Botanical Graden is the largest of all 5 and is located 5.5km to the west of Kandy. An estimated 3 million visitors visit the garden that is famous for its diverse orchids and plants. From beautiful flowers to spices, to coconut trees, medicinal plants; it’s estimated that there are over 4,000 species of plants in this garden alone!
- Hakgala Botanical Garden; established in 1861 by George Henry Kendrick Thwaites, the Hakgala Botanical Garden started off as plantation for a commercial crops like Cinchona and tea. It’s not until 1884 that it was converted into a full flower garden with over 10,000 species of plants. According to Sri Lankan folklores, the infamous demon King Ravana hid Sita’s Children in this garden after abducting her. Over half a million visitors visit the garden each year to see the beautiful orchids and Roses.
- Mirijjawila Botanical Garden; Mirijjawila Botanical Garden welcomes you with lush green grass and towering trees, not to mention the blossoming flowers that are all over. Unlike the other gardens that were established more for their aesthetic values, Mirijjawila is one of the few gardens established to help protect and preserve endangered trees that thrive in dry lands. There are also trees and plants with herbal medicine efficacy that are exclusive to this garden. It’s located in Hambantora District and covers an area or 300 acres. In order to keep the garden ever green and watered, the garden has three water tanks known as Kohombagas wewa, Demantaththa wewa and Mallitthangas wewa.
- Henarathgoda Botanical Garden; this is a breathtaking garden located 29 km from Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. Visitors here will be impressed by the diversity of the flora that includes trees from different zones. Wet zone trees, dry zone trees, palm trees, roses, orchids; Henarathgoda Botanical Garden is a man made wonder that gives you an idea of how paradise should look like. The garden sits sandwiched between two famous Wildlife Parks; Ruhunu National Park to the east, and Wilpattu national Park on the other side. It’s in this garden that early British explorers first introduced rubber seedlings in Sri Lanka. During Monsoon, the garden blossoms and booms with life as the flowers reveal their real beauty.
The beautiful Sri Lanka botanical gardens are a must visit destination during your trip here. The gardens radiate with tranquility and thrill will enhance your vacation experience. Sri Lanka is a unique destination away from the hustle and bustle of your hectic life, a destination that will give you the chance to be one with nature and/or strengthen the bond between you and your partner.