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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.
|Name||Hakgala Botanical Gardens|
|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|
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.