Monday, October 11, 2010

Summer house, Hakgala Gardens, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

"The Gardens (27ha) were established in 1860 as an experimental Cinchona plantation from which the anti-malarial drug quinine is derived. Subsequently the gardens were used for experiments in acclimatizing temperate-zone plants to life in tropics."
 It is situated on the winding road descending from Nuwara Eliya to Welimada. There are various sections for roses, ferns, a beautiful rock garden, a place for orchids etc. In addition there are tall trees which emerge out of the perennial mists surrounding the garden.
The multicolored Summer house stands out on a green lawn with the distant hills as a background.
The best time to visit the garden is in April-May of the year when the flowers are in bloom.