Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Nuwara Eliya

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#4 of 10 in Parks in 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. Our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner makes visiting Hakgala Botanic Gardens and other Nuwara Eliya attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We were quite happy after the visit as we do not have keen interests with nature but this place offers a wide range for kids to learn about different flower plants and valuable trees  more »
  • I have visited many times to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens and the best time to visit has always been during the two seasons. The seasons fall in April and in August. During the month of April, the pe...  more »
  • Hindu religious name "Dronagiri Mountain" (Hakgala) that Hanuman brought from Himalayas for Sanjeevani Booti for treatment of Lord Ram's brother Laxman during Lanka war. Beautiful Hindu temple of Sita...  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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Where to stay in Nuwara Eliya

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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