Dry Zone Botanic Gardens – Mirijjawila
The Dry Zone Botanic Gardens – Mirijjawila is one of the five dedicated botanical gardens on the island and was only opened in 2013.
MDBG located in Hambantota District has two entrances; one facing the Colombo – Kataragama new main road and the other the Beragama Road from Sooriyawewa – Hambantota main road.
The botanical gardens’ purpose was to maintain the biodiversity of the area, while also providing a kaleidoscopic natural backdrop in an otherwise fast-developing city. Although new, the gardens are known to possess myriad species of plants, ranging from flowers, shrubs, and trees.
Many of these species are considered to be rare, and endemic to the island. Thus, making it an important biodiversity hotspot.
Gardens of Diverse Flora and Fauna
In addition to its unique floral species, there are quite a few faunae that take refuge in the greenery such as birds and many other little creatures. The gardens sprawled over 300 acres of lush green lands is an idyllic place to witness some different sceneries of the port town of Hambantota.
One such interesting scenery is the sunset, as the sun’s rays, along with the chirping of the birds and the blossom of the flowers make the area all the more special.
While you are exploring the gardens, make sure you learn about Ayurveda medicinal plants, as it is possible to witness how these plants are cultivated and eventually prepared as medicine.
To visit the garden during your trip to Hambantota, call over for more information on opening and closing times and also for ticket prices. Contact https://www.botanicgardens.gov.lk/service/dry-zone-botanic-gardens-mirijjawila/