Hakgala Botanic Gardens

a multitude of breathtaking wonders 

Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka and is famous for a number of species of Orchids and Roses.

The garden has a cool temperate climate because of altitude, the annual temperature ranges between 16 °C to 30 °C during the course of the year. From December to February it has a cold climate, while the warm climate persists from April to August.

The garden was established in 1861, as an experimental cultivation of Cinchona, a commercial crop thriving at the time. In 1884 it was transformed into a garden. Since then many sub tropical and some temperate plants were planted in the gardens.

There are over 10,000 species of flora planted and during the Spring season in Nuwara Eliya, thousands of visitors come to see the blooms.