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Botanical Gardens and Nature

Sri Lanka is home to several stunning botanical gardens, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya. Spread across 147 acres, it features a vast collection of plants, including magnificent orchids, giant bamboo, and towering palm trees. The botanical gardens of Sri Lanka offer a rich tapestry of natural beauty, showcasing diverse flora from the island and beyond. Visitors can explore the serene pathways, admire vibrant flowers in full bloom, and witness the colorful spectacle of exotic birds and butterflies. Sri Lanka’s botanical gardens provide a haven for nature enthusiasts and researchers alike, offering a unique opportunity to study and appreciate the country’s rich biodiversity. From medicinal plants to rare and endangered species, these gardens contribute significantly to conservation efforts.

Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya

2016, the garden was visited by 1.2 million locals and 400,000 foreign visitors.It is near the Mahaweli River (The longest river in Sri Lanka). It is renowned for its collection of orchids. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the “National Herbarium of Sri Lanka”. 147 acres (59 hectares)

Hakgala Botanic Gardens

Hakgala Botanic Gardens is a picturesque botanical garden located in Sri Lanka. Spread across 28 hectares, it showcases a diverse range of flora including exotic plants, colorful flowers, and towering trees. Visitors can explore its enchanting landscapes, meandering pathways, and serene water features, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Sri Lanka. It is known for its exceptional biodiversity and acts as a vital habitat for numerous endangered species. The forest reserve is characterized by its lush greenery, pristine waterfalls, and a wide array of endemic flora and fauna.

Dry Zone Botanic Gardens - Mirijjawila

Mirijjawila Dry Zone Botanic Gardens (MDBG) are the first botanic gardens in Sri Lanka designed by local experts and the first botanic gardens created after Henarathgoda Botanic Gardens which was established 130 years ago. Dry Zone Botanic Gardens is the largest botanic garden in Sri Lanka in terms of extent and the extent is 300 acres. This is the first botanic gardens in Sri Lanka created to conserve dry zone plants ex-situ. There were several objectives for establishing the Mirijjawila Dry Zone Botanic Gardens, Hambantota

Wet Zone Botanical Garden Avissawella

The Wet Zone Botanical Garden in Avissawella is a lush paradise nestled amidst Sri Lanka’s tropical rainforest. Spanning over acres of vibrant greenery, it showcases an incredible array of native plants, including exotic orchids, towering palms, and rare ferns. Visitors can explore serene walking trails and admire the rich biodiversity of this enchanting botanical garden.

Henarathgoda Botanic Gardens

The garden is located about 450 meters from the Gampaha railway station on the Gampaha-Minuwangoda main road. The distance from Colombo to the garden is about 30 km. The garden is located about 33 feet above sea level and has a tropical lowland climate. The garden covers a total area of 17.4 ha.