Hakgala Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya occupies a horse-shoe-shaped peninsula and the scenic splendour of the garden has been raised to greater heights by the longest river of Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli which flows through its fringes. The total area is 147 acres (about 60 hectares) containing about 4,500 plant species. It is situated in the serene hill capital, Kandy six and half kilometers west of the Kandy city.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya is home to a large variety of ornamental plants and other species. There is a flourishing growth of huge tropical trees along the lawns and the orchid house is a prime attraction of this garden. This contains more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids blooming in profusion. The medicinal plant garden sustains trees and plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
There are numerous other attractions within the gardens frequented by visitors such as the great lawn, spice garden, palm avenues, plant house and Cacti, fernery, the lake, flower garden, flowering trees and the arboretum.
During 2013 new facilities were introduced at the garden including battery operated carts for visitors to tour around the garden and a high quality souvenir shop with a coffee kiosk.
The garden is open from 7.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. during the whole year. (Cafe and restaurant will be open from10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.).
Tel: +94 81 238 8088/ 238 8307