Hakgala Botanical Garden
Roam in one of the only five…
Yes, as it is says Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Nuwara Eliya is one of the only five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka, which is also the second largest in the island. And for the great enthusiasm the garden is contiguous to the Strict Nature Reserve Hakgala. The legendary stories dates back to the literal era of Hanuman, the monkey god in famous Ramayanaya. Hanuman was sent to the Himalayas to find a medicinal herb and as he forgot what it was he removed the entire piece of rock from his jaw and brought to Lanka. So Hak-Gala means Jaw-Rock.
While you are on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla Main Road you can spot Hakgala 16km away from Nuwara Eliya. Due to that the garden is 540ft. above the sea the climate is cool and refreshing inside. But if you are travelling from December to February the extremely cold climate and in April to August the warm season could be experienced.
Since its inception in 1861 as a cultivation area until it was transformed to a garden in 1884 and now – the sub-tropical and temperature plants of absurd kinds could be witnessed. The garden is also famed with approximately 500,000 visitors per year due to the Orchids and Roses too.