There are five botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka; Royal Botanical Gardens, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden and Seetawaka Botanical Garden. The Hakgala gardens are the second largest in Sri Lanka.Base Facts
Name: Hakgala Botanical Gardens
Founding year: 1861
Location: 16 km from Nuwara Eliya on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main Road
Average Visitors per year: 500,000
Approximate number of plant species: Over 10,000 species of Flora
Temperature: 16°C to 30°C
Climate: December to February –Cold Climate, April to August – Warm Climate
Height above sea level: 5400 feet
10 Interesting Things You Should Know About the Hakgala Botanical Gardens
1. The Hakgala gardens were established for cultivation of the medicinal crop Cinchona.
2. Afterwards it was used for Tea cultivation.
3. In 1884 it was changed into a garden with many subtropical and tropical plants. 4. The legendary Indian folktale ‘Ramayana’ states that Sita, the wife of Rama, was abducted and imprisoned inthis area by the Demon King Ravana who ruled Sri Lanka.
5. The Hakgala garden was supposed to have been a pleasure garden gifted to Sita by the Demon King in an attempt to lessen her sorrow. 6. At the time it is supposed to have been called Ashok Vatika.
7. Almost as if to prove the legend a reality, the surrounding area known as Sita Eliya with a Goddess Sita Temple on the site.
8. The Hakgala gardens adjoin the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve.
9. It has a peak of visitors in the local spring season since most plants are in bloom at the time.
10. The gardens are famed for their roses and orchids.
Please contact us at Lakpura for more information on the Hakgala Botanical Gardens and tours to visit them.