Hakgala Gardens

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Hakgala Gardens information

Nuwara Eliya , Sri Lanka
adult/child Rs 1100/550
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The pleasantly dishevelled Hakgala Gardens, 10km southeast of Nuwara Eliya (and about 200m lower), are a peaceful retreat. Legend has it that Hanuman, the monkey god, was sent by Rama to the Himalayas to find a particular medicinal herb. He forgot which herb he was looking for and decided to bring a chunk of the Himalayas back in his jaw, hoping the herb was growing on it. The gardens grow on a rock called Hakgala, which means ‘jaw-rock’.

Planting season is between January and late-March and at these times the gardens don't really look their best.

The Hakgala Gardens are a short bus ride from Nuwara Eliya (take a Welimada-bound bus).