Henarathgoda Botanical Garden

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Henarathgoda Botanical Garden
Henarathgoda Botanical Garden 1.jpg
Entrance of the garden
Type Botanical garden
Location Gampaha, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 7°06′00″N 79°59′10″E / 7.10000°N 79.98611°E / 7.10000; 79.98611 (Henarathgoda Botanical Garden)Coordinates: 7°06′00″N 79°59′10″E / 7.10000°N 79.98611°E / 7.10000; 79.98611 (Henarathgoda Botanical Garden)
Created 1876
Operated by Department of National Botanic Gardens, Sri Lanka
Status Open all year

Henarathgoda Botanical Garden is one of the four botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other botanical gardens are Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Hakgala Botanical Garden and Mirijjawila Botanical Garden.

Location and climate[edit]

Henarathgoda Botanical Garden is situated in Gampaha-Minuwangoda main road, 450 m away from Gampaha Railway Station. It has about 29 km far from the Sri Lanka's commercial capital of Colombo.[1][2] The altitude of garden is about 33 feet above the sea level. It has a tropical low-country climate.

The total area of the botanical garden is about 36 acres and, recently it acquired another 7 acres for its expansion process.

History[edit]

In 1876 this land was used by British rulers to cultivate Rubber. In later, rubber seeds and plants were imported from Royal Kew botanical garden and planted in this land. This process was supervised by Muhandiram A. De Zoysa, who appointed by British rulers at that time in Sri Lanka.

Later this land was transformed in to a Botanical garden. In here there is the first rubber tree in Sri Lanka, as well as some valuable trees from 19th century can be seen.[3][4]

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