In comparison to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, gardens and parks provide a change of pace: a place of solitude. Botanical gardens tend to be even more special for not only are they a welcoming change of scenery but are home to an interesting number of scientific plants.
Sri Lanka is home to a number of such botanical gardens, the most well known one being the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. The origin of the Gardens can be traced back to 1371 while it was given royal status during the reign of King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe. Located about 500m above sea level, the Garden’s location and altitude fosters the existence of many plants, shrubs and a variety of flowers and is home to around 4000 species and 10 000 plants. Sri Lanka’s fame for spices ensures that the spice house, consisting of spices such as vanilla, cardamoms and cloves, is frequently visited by tourists while the orchid house allows any visitor a stunning sight of orchids of a myriad of shades. It is also home to one of the most rare plants in the world; coco de mer ie., the double coconut palm whose fruit is said to be the largest in the world. The gardens are also a wonderful place for bird watching for more than 80 species can be sighted. Naturally, the gardens house over 80 species of butterflies as well including some endemic species such as the Ceylon Birdwing.
The second largest botanical garden is situated in Hakgala and is a mere 16km from Nuwara eliya. Its mild climate makes it a wonderful location for the breeding of roses and is therefore famous for its Rose Garden which has over 100 species. The best time to see them is from around mid-march to April. While these Gardens are located a considerable distance from the nation’s capital, the Henarathgoda Gardens are the easiest to access for it is located a mere 18km from Colombo. These Gardens boast of having the first ever imported rubber tree to have been planted in the country and provides any visitor with a peaceful retreat away from the busy city life.
As a number of the reputed gardens are situated at a considerable distance from the capital and from the airport, a trustworthy vehicle is essential for smooth travel. With the assistance of a Sri Lanka car rentalcompany, visiting these gardens would be a breeze. The efficient services of Malkey-rent-a-car will ensure that your journey to visit these gardens is as pleasurable as possible. In addition, Malkey also offers the option of airport transfers Sri Lanka which could be utilized to transfer from the airport terminal to any location in the country and allows you to retain the vehicle along with the chauffer if desired. This provides any visitor with an easy, convenient and reliable option of transport when visiting Sri Lanka.
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Naples Botanical Garden
By mark_whitton on 2015-01-16 16:04:58
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