Hambantota Dry Zone Botanic Gardens – හම්බන්තොට වියළි කලාපීය උද්භිද උද්යානය
Sri Lanka’s first ever Dry Zone Botanical Gardens was opened up to the public in 2013 in Mirijjawila, Hambanthota in 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 Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens (opened in 1821), Hakgala Botanical Gardens (opened in 1861), and the Gampaha Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens (1876). The others are Ganewatta Medicinal Plants Gardens (opened in 1950’s), 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 over crowded during holidays. The walk paths inside being quite long, you can also hire a 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.
|Open Days||all 365 days|
|Opening Hours||7.30 AM – 6.00 PM|
|Ticketing Hours||7.30 AM – 5.00 pm|
Fees (2020 Revision)
|Local Children below 12 years||20|
|Foreign Children below 12 years||1000|
|Electric Cars (4 seater) – 1 hour ride||1000|
|Electric Cars (8 seater) – 1 hour ride||2000|
|Vehicle Parking fees||charged|
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Map of Hambantota Dry Zone Botanic Gardens
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Travel Directions to Hambantota Dry Zone Botanic Gardens
|Route from Colombo to Dry Zone Botanic Gardens|
|Though : Mattala Highway – Sooriyawewa|
Distance : 250 km
Travel time : 3.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map