Mirijjawila Botanical Garden
The Mirijjawila Botanical Gardens is one of the five dedicated botanical gardens in the island and was only opened in 2013. 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 a 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.