Established in 1861, Hakgala Botanical Garden, apart from being Sri Lanka's second largest garden is also one of the five such gardens in the country.
Thanks to its altitude of 5,400 feet above sea level, it always has a cool and temperate climate. According to folklore, the demon king Ravana, kept Sita over here after abducting her.
The garden has in excess of 10,000 species of flora and is also famous for is wide species of roses and orchids. Approximately 500,000 people visit this garden every year, particularly during the spring season.
This garden finds mention in the Ashok Vatika as well as in the Ramayana.