Henarathgoda Botanical Garden is one of the six botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The botanical garden is situated in Gampaha-Minuwangoda main road, approximately 450 m away from Gampaha railway station. It is about 29 km from Sri Lanka's commercial capital of Colombo.Use our Gampaha trip planner to visit Henerathgoda Botanical Garden on your trip to Gampaha, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
During the 19th Century British naturalists made various studies about Botany along with other sciences. One of their interests was the finding of possibility of establishing Rubber yielding plants in Asia. They have used various Rubber yielding plants both in India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Some of them are Para Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis), Gutta percha (Palaquium gutta), Panama Rubber (Castilea elastica), Balatta (Mimusops globesa) and Lagos (Funtumia elastica). The British naturalists concentrated their trials to Ceylon due to the failure of Rubber trials in India and discovered that Ceylon offers the same envirionmental condition as that of the Amazon.
1919 Rubber seedlings, collected from the Amazon forest, were imported from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and were planted at the Henerathgoda gardens in 1876. These Rubber plants were bloomed for the first time in 1881 and seeds obtained from it were exported to South India, Malaysia, and Myanmar. In 1919 the world first Rubber exhibition was held at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya.
Henerathgoda Botanical Garden Reviews
Nice environment and lots of very important, historical trees we can see there. The Sri Lankan most oldest rubber tree also we can see there. Most important thing is when we go there, we have to care ... more »
We are keenly interested in Plants and trees so visit all the gardens we can. This one is not on he scale of the Royal Gardens but in some ways is nevertheless as important as it is home to the origin... more »
Gampaha Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden is situated in the suburb of Gampaha. It was established in 1876 by the British to conduct experiments on exotic economic plants such as Rubber, and explore plant wealth and development of economy in the country
A nice place in a busy area. Suitable to spend time leisurely. But, need improvements.
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