Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Nuwara Eliya

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Take a relaxing stroll through the immaculately maintained hilly terrain of Hakgala Botanic Gardens. Of the 10,000 species planted here, the large collection of various orchids and roses remains the most notable. Large crowds arrive here on the weekends, making for good people-watching, while weekdays offer some peace and quiet. Walking through the hilly landscape can get tiring; rent a caddy for an easier way to tour the grounds. Make Hakgala Botanic Gardens a centerpiece of your Nuwara Eliya vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Nuwara Eliya driving holiday planner .
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  • One of my favorite places for birds and trees. Entry fee is 1500 for foreign guests. Walk in the front gate and turn up to the right past the ponds. Keep going to the upper trails where the thick brus...  more »
  • One of the biggest botanical gardens of Srilanka, Hakgala gardens is famous otherwise too. It is said to be over the are where Ravana kept Sita in captive in the epic Ramayana. This place is also call...  more »
  • If you plan to spend your vacations in the misty hills in Nuwaraeliya it is really worth to visit this botanical gardens which is around 15 minutes away from the city. The garden is well maintained an...  more »
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  • Very beautiful location. Best for photographer. However no suggested routes. Maps are shown in some places but hard to find the places when walking. It is better if directions are provided in several places. Also parking is not good. May be it is because the season during the time we visited. Road side parking they charge for that.
  • This is by far the best botanical garden in the island. Just walking along the numerous pathways justifies your visit to the park. You will be greeted by numerous beautiful plants in formations - both flowering and non flowering. Butterflies and birds are abundant here. Endemic species of Monkey is also found here. This is a nature photographer's paradise!
  • Amazing place to visit in Nuwara Eliya. Crowded at April holidays. Arrangement is very nice. Better to go early morning.
  • As a park can be satisfied with the current situation :) well maintained. A Paradise for photographers. Can see rare flowers
  • It's a garden people can experience the true diversity of the nature. Located in high lands with cool climate where you can explore the nature to it's depth.

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British colonial buildings house many of the best hotels and guesthouse in Nuwara Eliya. Nostalgia-inducing villas dot the areas just outside of the town center, located near historic tea plantations and enjoying extensive views of the landscape. You can find budget hostels, hotels, and guesthouses close to the main bus station.
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