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Day 1: escape in to the greenery of a charming botanical garden

Stop At: Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens, Thummodera - Puwakpitiya Road 0778289844, Avissawella 10700 Sri Lanka
The latest addition to the 5 botanical gardens in Sri Lanka, the Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanical Garden in Avissawella was opened to the public towards the latter part of the year 2014. You can access the botanical gardens if you travel along the Puwakpitiya – Thummodara main road while the gardens will be adjacent to the Indikada Mukalana Forest Reserve in Avissawella. The drive from Colombo takes approximately an hour or slightly more.

This wet zone botanical garden covers a land area of 79 acres (32 ha) while the climate is quite cool and temperate. The wet zone plants are well nourished since there is a stream that flows through the garden. The gardens are yet to be expanded to 105 acres in the future.

The main reason behind the garden being opened to the public is to offer a new experience for local as well as foreign visitors. This botanical garden will also serve the purpose of conserving endemic and threatened plants that are found in the Ratnapura – Sinharaja region.

Wet Zone Botanic Gardens Avissawella

Wet Zone Botanic Gardens Avissawella
The garden also serves as a conservation ground for wet lowland plants while promoting bamboo cultivation. Training programs for individuals who are involved in horticulture and facilitating research opportunities for researches and undergraduate students are also carried out here.

It’s a great opportunity for students who are used to ask “write my research paper” conduct a research on their own and with the help of professionals deliver a paper of a high quality.
The paths are paved in stone so that you can comfortably walk around the garden. Information maps and boards are available for you to follow the route. The garden is quite photogenic while most trees consist of name boards so you are educated while enjoying the scenery. According to visitor reviews, the most scenic venue of the wet zone garden is the large lawn area with kumbuk trees and a small lake area. It’s the ideal place to enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors are requested not to pollute the garden.

Duration: 6 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: galle the famous sri lankan city

Stop At: Galle Fort, Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
The seaside town of Galle is 116 Km away from Colombo by road or rail, down the south coast of Sri Lanka. Both routes are picturesque, following the coastline closely for much of the way. You can also take the Southern Expressway if you need to reach the city by half the time but there is not much scenery to admire.

Today’s town has grown greatly and spreads into the surroundings but the Fort is the slowbeating heart of Galle‘s history. The walled city has stood since the early sixteenth century, through the Colonial periods of the Portuguese, Dutch and British and in our present times is proclaimed as an Archaeological Reserve and has been identified as a living World Heritage Site. The etymology of the name Galle is explained as probably an altered form of the Sinhalese word “gala”: a cattle fold or posting-place from which the Portuguese named it Point-de-Galle. The simpler and more popular theory is found in the similarity of the Sinhalese word: gala, for rock, which the Portuguese duplicated by adopting the Latin word: gallus, for rooster. They thus designed the coat-of-arms of the city as that of a rooster standing upon a rocky perch.

The Portuguese captured Galle from the Sinhala kings in 1587 and erected the first fortification, a single wall fronted by a moat which extended from the sea to the harbour.

The Dutch landed in 1640 with 12 ships and 2,000 men under the command of Wilhelm Jacobsz Coster who defeated the Portuguese after severe fighting and a four-day siege.

The Dutch later converted the Portuguese “fortalezza” into a single bastion which they named Zwart Bastion and built a formidable line of defence, ringing the walled town by ten bastions, which endure to this day. Akersloot Bastion is named after the birth-place of Coster, the Dutch commander who captured Galle. The name has been chiselled on a stone at the spot and also bears a date which, however, has no bearing on the date of erection of the Bastion. The grim old walls are a favourite promenade for Galle‘s citizens and its visitors alike.

Through the rolling streams of Time and Change, Galle still retains – as few other towns in Sri Lanka – an atmosphere of the past. The town was graced with considerable civic amenities and military features. Two hundred years ago a storm-water drainage system was introduced which prevented flooding in the Fort. It was so sophisticated as to have great brick-lined, underground drains, which were automatically flushed twice a day by the tide. Despite recent face-lifts and new facades to many of the houses and the introduction of modern civic amenities like electricity, telephone systems, water and drainage services, the streets remain narrow and many are known by their original names such as Leyn-Baan street, Zeeberg street and Moderabaay street. A peep into the old houses reveals them to be spacious and airy, with large, ornamental doors and windows, pillared verandahs and cool inner courtyards.
Duration: 8 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
train station , bus stop

Airports

  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka


Ports
colombo
Duration
2 days
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Galle Fort
Exclusions
  • not include food/
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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