Hambantota Dry Zone Botanic Gardens (හම්බන්තොට වියළි කලාපීය උද්භිද උද්‍යානය)

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Sri Lanka’s first-ever Dry Zone Botanical Gardens was opened up to the public in 2013 in Mirijjawila, Hambanthota on a land covering 300 acres (121.4 hectares) in extent. There are 6 botanical gardens in Sri Lanka out of which the largest and the most popular 3 have been built by the British during their occupation. These three are the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens (opened in 1821), Hakgala Botanical Gardens (opened in 1861), and the Gampaha Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens (1876). The others are the Ganewatta Medicinal Plants Gardens (opened in the 1950s), the Mirijjawila Dry Zone Botanical Gardens (2015), and the Seetawaka Wet Zone Botanical Gardens (opened in 2016).

The dry-zone botanic gardens consist of plants, trees, and herbal plants that are grown in the dry zone. Areas for a butterfly garden, a plant nursery, a student park, a plant conservation unit, a flower garden, and ornamental bushes have been separately developed.

With the highway developed up to Hambantota, this latest attraction of Hambantota has been a popular destination for those who travel to Kataragama. This place can get quite overcrowded during holidays. The walk paths inside are quite long, you can also hire an electric cart (4 or 8-seater) at an hourly rate given below.

To reach this site from the highway, you need to exit from the Sooriyawewa Exit and travel towards Hambantota town 16 km. Another new attraction close to this is the Hambantota Birds Park which lies about 13 km off the Botanical Gardens.

Hambantota Dry Zone Botanic Gardens Opening Hours

Open Daysall 365 days
Opening Hours7.30 AM – 6.00 PM
Ticketing Hours7.30 AM – 5.00 pm

Hambantota Dry Zone Botanic Gardens Entrance Ticket Prices

Local Adults200
Local Children below 12 years and School Children30
Local Adults over 60 (NIC proof needed)50
Foreign Adults3000
Foreign School and University Students ((Must have satisfactory proof)2000
Foreign Children (5 to 12 years)1500
Electric Cars (4 seater) – 1 hour ride1000
Electric Cars (8 seater) – 1 hour ride2000
Vehicle Parkingcharged
(2023-06-01 Revision)

Electric Cars and other facilities are available only in certain locations and prices may be increased regularly.

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Travel Directions to Hambantota Dry Zone Botanic Gardens

Route from Colombo to Dry Zone Botanic Gardens
Through : Mattala Highway – Sooriyawewa
Distance : 250 km
Travel time : 3.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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