Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens of Sri Lanka represent a significant national asset of the country. Being established in the early nineteenth century, the National Botanic Gardens have now become major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Over 2 million people visit these botanic gardens annually for relaxation, entertainment, recreation, education, botany and horticulture.


Botanic gardens of Sri Lanka have a collection of over 6,000 diverse living plant species on display arranged in attractive, systematic and exciting ways. The gardens are oasis of beautifully cultivated flowers and trees of carefully designed and meticulously maintained environments.


Currently, there are five botanic gardens and one medicinal plant garden in Sri Lanka. Three of the botanic gardens were established by the British; i.e. Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya, Hakgala Botanic Gardens and Gampaha Botanic Gardens. The botanic garden in Mirijjawila is the first botanic garden developed by local experts after 130 years and opened in 2013. Another new botanic garden is being established in Avissawella for ex-situ conservation of Wet Zone plants and will be opened soon.

  • Mirijjawila Botanic Gardens

    Mirijjawila Dry Zone Botanic Gardens is the first botanic gardens in Sri Lanka designed by the local experts after 130 years. The garden is 300 acres in extent. It is located in the Hambantota District and was opened to the public in 2013.


    The main purposes of the new garden are to conserve dry and arid zone plants ex-situ to conduct on studies about plants that are lesser known and underutilized in the dry zone; promote the herbal industry; promote economic development in the area and provide education and training on botany and floriculture in the dry zone.


    Tel: +94 47 225 8009


  • Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya

    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





  • Hakgala Botanic Garden

    The botanic Garden,Hakgala situated at an elevation of about 1745 m above mean sea level. It is laying under the shadow of the Hakgala Rock (Meaning "Elephant's Jaw rock").This massive rock towards to a height of about 2,200m behind the gardens and the surrounding forest reserves like a solitary giant. The garden is situated 9.5 Km. Southeast of Nuwara Eliya along the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla Road.



    The garden takes shape of several terraces upon the lower slopes of the rock and is facing the Uva Vally, across which some magnificent view of the Madulsima aand the Namunukula range of mountains are seen in the distant landscape. The climate of the Garden is subtropical, cool fresh and somewhat similer to a temperate atmosphere.



    During the period from October to December, tick mist envelops the gardens, heavy downpours are more frequent in the afternoon and evening.


    The best time to see the gardens is probably from about mid March to the end of April. Garden puts up their best display of temperate annual flower and roses during this period.


    The Garden is open for public from 7.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. during the whole year.(Canteen is open from 10.00 a.m, to 5.00 p.m.)


    Tel:+94 52 222 21 82



  • Gampaha Botanic Gardens

    The Gampaha Botanic Gardens spreads over 43 acres of beautiful landscape with the lake developed beside the garden. It is generally a well-tended garden displaying a wide range of plants. This garden possesses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of the wet zone.




    The garden is situated 2 km from the Gampaha town on the GampahaMinuwangoda Road. Gampaha Botanic Gardens is a wonderful day-out for all; the tropical atmosphere of the area and a climb-up for a Tree house in the garden and boat rides in the lake.The garden is open for public from 7.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. during the whole year. (Canteen is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) and vehicles entrance are permitted.


    Tel: +94 33 222 2316


  • Wet Zone Botanic Gardens Avissawella

    This botanic garden is situated near Avissawella and development started during 2008. The Botanic Garden is 105 acres in extent.


    Ex-situ conservation of wet lowland plants is the main purpose of the garden and it will showcase various species of plants with economic, aesthetic and ecological value. The garden will provide opportunities for ecotourism and economic development in this area. It will be a model for wet zone landscape improvement while serving as a recreational area for the public.


    Tel: +94 36 379 5295


  • Ganewatthe Medical plant Garden

    Being located in the intermediate zone, the Medicinal Plant Garden at Ganewatte offers an ideal site for cultivating a large number of medicinal plants. The garden is 52 acres in extent and is home to an extensive and unique collection of tropical plants from around the country/world that are used for medicinal purposes.