Mirijjawila Dry Zone Botanic Gardens
Dry Zone Botanic Gardens in Mirijjawila
— one of the six botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. Other botanical gardens — Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens
, Hakgala Botanical Garden
, Agro-Technology Park and Botanical Garden in Bata Atha
, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden and Sithawaka Botanical Garden.
Mirijjawila Dry Zone Botanic Gardens
is located on the main road Colombo
— Kataragama, about 6 km. from Hambantota
. It lies between Mattala International Airport
to the left of it and the Hambantota Bay — to the right of it.
The objectives of creating the botanic garden:
- Conservation of endemic vegetation in semi-dry and dry zones of Sri Lanka
- Improving the landscape of dry areas
- Promoting ecotourism
- Providing knowledge and learning about botany and floriculture
- Promoting the cultivation of ayurvedic herbs
- Studies on little known and underutilized plants in the dry zone
A lot of flora of semi-dry and dry zones are grown in the garden. Lush green carpets of grass, towering trees and exotic flowers welcome you in the botanical garden of Mirijjawila. Located in Hambantota area
, the park extends over 300 acres of land. The main goal of the creation of this botanical garden was to preserve the decreasing number of trees characteristic of drylands and plants of medicinal significance.
The first botanical garden of the dry zone in Sri Lanka in Mirijjawila — Hambantota has gained wide popularity among ecologists, botanists, researchers from among schoolchildren, students, researchers and tourists from around the world.
Construction works in the Botanical Garden of the dry zone began on July 20, 2006. This land was covered with thorny bushes and abandoned chen lands at a time when it was allocated for this purpose in 2006. Three reservoirs of Kohombagas Wewa, Malittangas Wewa and Demataththa Wewa are organized in the garden in order to preserve the moisture of the land. The total area of the botanical garden is about 300 acres.
500 million rupees were allocated for the development of the dry zone botanical garden. The first stage of construction work was completed on November 14, 2013 and was open to visitors. About eighty percent of the construction work for the second stage is completed, and construction work will culminate in 2020.
The Mirijjawila Botanical Garden consists of plants, trees and herbaceous plants that are grown in dry zones of the Earth. Here are introduced seedlings of garden plants, flowers and ornamental bushes.
In Sri Lanka, three botanical gardens that are creations of the British, but the dry-zone botanical garden is the only garden created by local people using local technologies and experience.
Now in the garden you can see quite clearly the scale and open spaces. In the vast areas are planted unique group collections of hibiscus, crotons, acalifs, pseudoeranthemums, orchids, bougainvilleas and semi succulents. Many of these plants are not endemic to dry areas, however, experiments have shown how superbly they are adapted here, evolving into delightful specimens!
Mirijjawila Botanical Gardens cooperate with the leading gardens of the world due to the increased interest of foreign botanists to the phenomenally successful Sri Lankan agronomists and scientists. In this regard, the collections of the Mirjjawila experimental site are continuously replenished with green specimens from almost all points on the planet where, in one way or another, the arid climate prevails.
Being less than 30 kilometers from Bata Atha Botanical Garden
, Mirijjawila strikingly contrasts by the name of the collection of plant specimens. And if you aim to visit both the botanical gardens because of their proximity to each other, you can easily see with your own eyes this difference, which shakes the imagination, which emphasizes the uniqueness of Sri Lanka as a whole, like islands where on relatively short distances and lands one can see natural landscapes and experience yourself climate
zones of tropical, subtropical, equatorial, savannah, semi-desert and desert natural world!
Lankarus will gladly organize an excursion to the Botanical Garden for guests who have rest in the home zone of our company. At your request, a one-day combined visit to the gardens of Bata Atha and Mirijjawila is possible. Please, contact for advice on the organization of your trip to your Lankarus manager.
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