Hakgala Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, about 10 km southeast of the city of Nuwara Eliya. The garden covers an area of approximately 28 hectares and is situated at an altitude of about 1,500 to 1,750 meters above sea level.
The garden was established in 1861 as an experimental cultivation of Cinchona, a plant that is used to produce quinine. Later, the garden was converted into a botanical garden in 1884 and was named the Hakgala Botanical Garden. The garden is managed by the Department of National Botanic Gardens of Sri Lanka.
The garden is home to a diverse collection of flora, including over 10,000 species of plants, many of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. Some of the highlights of the garden include the rose garden, fern garden, orchid house, and a Japanese garden. The garden also has a number of rare and endangered plant species, including the endemic orchid, Habenaria radiata.0