Seethawaka Botanical Garden
Distance from Colombo – 49.2 km (1 hour 26 minutes)
Seethawaka Botanical Garden, also known as Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Garden, is situated in Avissawella. It is administered by the Department of National Botanic Gardens in Sri Lanka. It primarily serves as an area for research and for vulnerable and threatened endemic plant species found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve region. The botanical garden was opened to the public in late October 2014 and is the most recently constructed botanical garden in the country.
History of Seethawaka Botanical Garden
The garden was initially used for tea and rubber plantations. However most of the land area of the plantation was abandoned. Later, in year 2008, this land was taken over and the construction of the Seethawaka Botanical Garden commenced. The botanical garden spreads in an area of 106 acres of land.
Beauty of Seethawaka Botanical Garden
A beautiful stream flows through the Seethawaka Botanical Garden. This stream nourishes the many wet zone plants in the garden. The Indikada Mukalana Forest Reserve is situated adjacent to the Seethawaka Botanical Garden.
Getting to Seethawaka Botanical Garden
From Colombo travel along the Avissawella Road passing Watareka, Padukka and Labugama up to Avissawella to reach the Seethawaka Botanical Garden which is situated along the Puwakpitiya-Thummodara Road in Illukowita.