Set in tropical fertility, Sri Lanka is a paradise garden of flora and fauna, famous for cultivating and beautifying land for aesthetic purposes. Going a few thousand years back in time, ancient botanical gardens in Sri Lanka are among the oldest known to exist in Asia and are unparalleled in beauty and magnificence.
Featured as royal pleasure grounds during the Kandyan kingdom, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens were established in 1821 and is considered among the most prominent of botanical sanctuaries in Sri Lanka. The beautifully manicured Peradeniya Botanical Gardens stretch for 150 hectares of exotic splendour, displaying over 400 varieties of indigenous tropical plants.
A few miles south of Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little England’, you will find Haggala Gardens, a rich display of roses, ferns, and shrubs and offering stunning views. The home of a troupe of purple-faced monkeys can be found at the Virgin Woodland just above the Haggala Gardens Sri Lanka .
Another popular botanical garden in Sri Lanka is the Henarathgoda Botanical Garden established in 1876 and located in Gampaha. The paddy fields nearby, the hum of the singing birds, the astoundingly green environment, and the flowing water streams collectively add to the beauty of this location. The first imported rubber tree can yet be found within the precincts of this garden.