Hakgala Botanical Garden is a nice place to visit in the Nuwara Eliya region of Sri Lanka. It is considered one of the five botanical gardens in the country. The other four botanical gardens are as follows:

  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden.
  • Mirijjawila Botanical Garden
  • Henarathgoda Botanical Garden.
  • Seethawaka Botanical Garden.

Hakgala Botanical is the second largest of those five gardens. This was established in the British Era in 1861.

You need to turn your vehicle into the Badulla–Nuwara Eliya route in the Nuwara-Eliya main town. Driving 6km along that road will take you to the garden. It is really easy to find the location. You can use Google Maps. Buying a ticket is essential to enter the garden.

Annually, 500,000 visitors come to the Hakgala Garden to enjoy its beauty. It contains a variety of plants and species, over 10,000. You can also see a lot of floral verities. The orchid garden and rose gardens always attract visitors. Nobody forgot to take some nice photographs from there. All around, the entire garden is comprised of beautiful landscapes. The place is managed and operated by the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka.

Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated near the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. But you can’t go to the nature reserve. The elevation of the place is 5400 ft. from sea level. It has spread over 28 hectares. You can experience a cool climate all around the year. But the December through February season is the coolest time period. The average temperature is between 16C and 30C.

April is considered the best month to visit here. The period is the spring season in Nuwara Eliya. So, a lot of travelers never forget to come here. March is the off-season for many floral plants, so you will not see many flowers. Hakgala Botanical Garden is open all year round and the opening times are 8am to 6pm. It is a very relaxing and ideal place to visit with your family and friends.

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Beautiful Beaches of Sri Lanka

If you are wondering where to go to experience the best sea breeze, Sri Lanka should come on top of your list. This island is a hotspot for beach lovers all around the world. This island is surrounded by golden sands and blue waters from all four corners. There are breathtaking beaches that will give you a relaxing experience when you come to Sri Lanka. We have excellent guides to take you around to amazing beaches. For everyone that is working hard throughout their lives, coming to Sri Lanka to experience a relaxed day at the beach is the ideal getaway.

Where to go? We will tell you

The Western Province of Sri Lanka is the most developed of all provinces. It contains the capital of Sri Lanka as well. Despite the commercial and cosmopolitan state of the province, it has a chain of amazing and breathtaking beaches tagged with a lot of beach resorts. They accompany a great deal to everyone who visits these beaches. From cocktails to seafood, to music, the entire coastal area is a must-see when you visit Sri Lanka. This coastal line is a year-round happening place since it has many resorts attached.

Another beautiful beach that gets a lot of attention is Mirissa. It attracts all kind of tourists. Surfers go there to experience the exhilarating waves. Swimmers go there to bathe in the beautiful waters, sunbathers go there to enjoy a refreshing drink and relax. Either way, Mirissa Beach has got to be one of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka. November, April, August, and October are the best times to visit since the weather is at its best.

Hiriketiya Beach, also known as the Hiri Beach is an upcoming popular place for tourists because of its calming nature. If you want to step on the golden sand and ponder upon, this is the spot for you. Go there in August, October or April to get the best of the feelings ever!

Trincomalee and Nilaveli are situated next to each other and are two of the most beautiful beaches on the island. When you go between March to August, you will get the chance of seeing whales and dolphins since these places are most famous for those.

Paradise seeker, come to Tangalla Beach to experience paradise on earth. It is truly a remarkable beach that this island possesses. You will get the most tranquil experience when you go between May to November.

Arugam Bay in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka is a famous spot for surfers and swimmers. It attracts tourists from all around the world for its beautiful waves all around the year.

Apart from the above-mentioned beaches, Unawatuna, Koggala, Hikkaduwa are a few other beautiful coastal lines on the island. Sunbathers, you will not be disappointed in Sri Lanka. We have ample of beaches that would give you a relaxing and calming experience. Sri Lanka’s beaches are truly nature’s most beautiful element. Come and visit these amazing miracles of nature, you will have memories to cherish!

(Cover photo display the Mirissa Beach and Photo Credit should goes to the Photographer: Matthew Williams-Ellis) 

Sri Lanka is an Asian island which looks like a tiny dot on the world map, yet filled with many natural beauties. The center of this little island is covered by a crown of mountains and there are many rocky and green mountains that signify importance to the country’s culture and religions. This tour is specially designed to take you to one of the most sacred mountains in Sri Lanka. You will be accompanied by a guide who is well versed with the local knowledge and the hike. If you require language specific guides, that can be arranges upon request too. This sacred hike is highly appraised by Sri Lankan and by name it is Adams Peak/ Sri Pada.

The religious beliefs of the mountain

A lot of people climb the mountain because of the significant footprint that is covered and protected because of many reasons. In the Buddhist tradition, it is said to be the footprint of Buddha and in the Hindu belief, it is said to be Hanuman’s or Shiva’s. Some Christian and Islamic believers say it is the footprint of Adam. Because of this, Adams Peak is a regularly visited place in Sri Lanka. Tourists from all around the globe come to visit this place because of its cultural and religious importance.

The hike!

Generally the hike starts in the middle of the night, so you can reach the top of the mountain to see the sunrise. The tiring hike will be worth the spectacular sunrise you get to see on top. If you are up to an adventurous night hike, this will be it. The climb is a mixture of inclined walk and crumbled stepping stones. You will be guided throughout, providing information and breaks necessary. The best is at the top of the mountain where you get to see the beautiful city. It is truly a nostalgic moment after an adventurous hike. This tour is dedicated to all audacious travelers with excitement and information.

Adams Peak is admired and appreciated by Sri Lankans and tourists alike. Out of all the mountains in the country, Sri Pada (Adams Peak) is considered a sacred one by all beliefs. The truth of the matter is, it depends on who believes what. Nonetheless, it is an amazing hike that is trekked by most tourists. It is also a well renowned mountain because of its cultural value, thus making it a condensed place.

Get ready to hike!

Make sure to bring your water bottle to quench your thirst and your camera to capture the stunning sunrise. You will find restrooms and refreshments along the way. It is best if you get there just before dawn because just after dawn comes the stunning view. Adams Peak has one of the most unique views of sunrise every single morning. This is the reason many traveler take up the challenge of hiking the mountain to grab an unforgettable experience


Adams Peak Tour

Possible Starting / Pick-up Locations :
Kandy, Colombo, Negombo, Airport, Nuwaraeliya, Galle, Benthtoa,

(You can let us know your exact location for us to check and confirm the possibility)

Duration : It take around 10 hours to reach the peak of the mountain and come back.

Season : December – May

Tour Type : A private tour. Vehicle and the Guide / Chauffer guide are dedicated to you / your group. Safari tour will be done by an off road vehicle and traveling to the starting point and back will be done by Comfortable Car / Van / Mini coach



(Adams Peak Image Credit: N K Lanka from Facebook

Kankesanthurai Beach, or what is called “KKS Beach,” is a beach that is situated in the Jaffna district. It is considered one of the top two beaches in the Northern Province. ideal place for a family day out. This is a relatively less crowded place.

Surrounded by palm trees, and a nearby lighthouse, the KKS beach adds additional beauty. It is a safe place for swimming because of the less deep water and fewer waves. The long, sandy beach is ideal for long walks and watching the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

The place is managed by the Sri Lanka Navy. You can see some fishing boats near the beach. The hot climate encourages anyone to swim and do water activities. This is an awesome place to visit in the Northern Sri Lanka.

  • Distance from Colombo: 373km
  • Distance from Jaffna: 20km

Route from Jaffna: Turn to the Kankesanthurai Road -> Kuppilan->Tellipalai->Maviddapuram->Kankesanthurai->KKS Beach

(Kankesanthurai Beach Cover Photo Credit: Ceilao Escapists facebook page

Udawalawe National Park is the third most visited national park of Sri Lanka which is located on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa & Uva Provinces. Total extend of the park is over 30,000 hectares and a popular place among the tourists who love sighting water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants in their natural habitats.

The rusty-spotted cat, fishing cat, Sri Lankan leopard, The Sri Lankan sloth bear, Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, Indian muntjac, Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain, wild boar and water buffalo are among other mammal species. Golden jackal, Asian palm civet, toque macaque, tufted grey langur and Indian hare also inhabit the park. A study conducted in 1989 found that considerable numbers of golden palm civets inhabit the forests of Udawalawe.[1] Five species of mice also have been recorded from the park. The endemic Ceylon spiny mouse, known from Yala National Park, was recorded in Udawalawe National Park in 1989. Indian bush rat and three species of mongoose are also recorded in the national park.

Jeeps are available to hire at the entrance of the park and you can decide if you prefer a half a day safari or a complete full day one. Camping inside the park under strict guidelines also possible with the prior approval of the authorities.


Distance to the Udawalawe National Park from some of the key places are as follow.

From :

  • Udawalawa – 10 km
  • Katharagama – 60 km
  • Ella – 90 km
  • Nuwaraeliya -144 km
  • Kandy – 200 km
  • Colombo – 160 km
  • CMB Airport – 170 km
  • Galle – 130 km


You can see some of the beautiful photos below;

Elephants in Udawalawe National Park