When it comes to Botanical Gardens of Sri Lanka, the Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanical Garden is a lesser-known place and the most recently added to the list. Illukovita, an area closer to Avissawella is the home for this 106 acres Botanical Garden that is projected in 2008 and opened to the public in 2014.
Entrance ticket – LKR 50.00 for a local
Entrance ticket – LKR 1100.00 for a foreigner
It’s about a 1 1/2 hrs. of driving time from Colombo and the roads are fairly decent. There are a few rough areas here and there but it’s basically easy to travel in a car or van. As for the buses such as Tourist Coaches, it would not be that easy but with precision driving, it’s doable.
Why is it Important?
The idea of this Botanical Garden is the conservation of the highly threatened wet lowland forest flora of Sri Lanka for the future generations. Also this garden provides opportunities for ecotourism, economic development of this area and as a model wet zone landscape improvement. In the longer term, the garden will feature the lesser known and under-utilized plants in the wet zone; promote the herbal industry; and provide education and training on botany and floriculture in the wet zone for the general public. -Official Notice-
What to see?
Well, that’s a little obvious. Right? What could you expect at a Botanical Garden? 🙂 It’s mainly plants, flowers, landscaping and people. However, at the Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanical Garden, you get to see many couples and teams coming up for Photoshoots. I kinda saw like at least 10 setups where teams came up for the Pre-shoots.
The whole place is neatly arranged. The gardens are clean, very open and fresh for now. The cement-blocked pavement is perfect for walking and you can also get on the Buggy-cart for easy transportation.
It would be much fun to walk the whole track than taking the cart. The cart is usually packed with about 10 people. If you want to take time, be free and independant, walk.
After a small walk of about 15 minutes, the route takes you up on a small hill. Here’s the place where you sweat a bit. But, with the cool climate, it doesn’t feel much warm here. The walking the whole trek gets you to places like the Ferns plantation, the tea plantation, the ground on the peak as well as the park area closer to the end.
This is an excellent family-outing where the whole family can enjoy every bit. The park area closer to the restaurant is an amusing place where lots of people hangout with family.
The visit to the Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanical Garden is a great day excursion from Colombo. Well, the fun doesn’t end here. Within a very close range, there is a stream and a waterfall that is famous for outings. The water is clear and clean, it’s safe and not at all deep, with lots of people coming in from various areas of the country for the fun.
Lunch can be bought from the numerous places along the road or I even saw people who cook on the spot as well.
Afterall, it’s a perfect day excursion from Colombo.