Hakgala Botanical gardens
Whether you have a particular interest in fauna/flora or not, visiting Hakgala Botanical Gardens is a must see for all travellers! Situated close to Nuwara Eliya, Hakgala Botanical Gardens has an abundance of tall lush trees and wide spread of beautiful flowers and vegetation.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens is special as it is also home to the well known legend of Ramayan. It is believed that this beautiful garden was the pleasure garden of King Ravana. Legend suggests that this may have been place where Lord Ram’s wife Sita was held captive by King Ravana.
Hakgala Gradens was discovered by the great British Botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites. It boasts a vast range of international trees including pine trees, conifers and cedars from Australia, Bermuda and Japan, cypresses from the Himalayas, China, Persia Mexico and California. The English oak and camphor trees can also be found in Hakgala.
Peradeniya Gardens is one of the largest of the three botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. Located in Kandy, it is surrounded on three sides by river Mahaweli. The history of the Royal Botanic Gardens dates as far back as 1371 when King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne and kept court at Peradeniya near Mahaweli Ganga.
It is home to abundance of local and imported tree and plant species. The enormous 150 acres allows visitors to spend their day, if desired admiring the unlimited number of plant species and visit the spice garden. A particular attraction of the garden is the unusual looking snake creeper, whose roots remind one of the knots of vipers. Visitors are also welcome to relax under the natural pavilion – a gigantic Javan figtree (covering 1600 sq metres). Many visitors also enjoy the manmade lake situated in the centre of the garden, which contains beautiful water plants. Whilst visiting Peradeniya Gardens, be sure to identify trees planted by influential figures such as Indira Gandhi, Yuri Gagarin, Marshal Tito, U Thant & Harold Macmillan.