A wonderful place for a family day out and picnic, amongst a beautifully landscaped arena with a "Grove of Kumbuk" very close to Colombo and within the Colombo District.
Opened in late 2014, this IOO acre garden is the most recent Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka, and the most people friendly and disabled friendly one too! To begin with there is large car park at the entrance for the publics convenience with ample parking for buses and other vehicles. The modern design of Public Conveniences are also close to the entrance.
There is a restaurant for meals and refreshments, too, near the entrance, as well the ability to hire electric carts to transport up to 7 people in a group around the gardens as there is a climb, from which the whole garden can be seen at an elevation, along with an observation tower for viewing.
One reaches Seethawaka Gardens off the main Colombo Avissawella Road at Puwakpitiya, a few kilometers before Avissawena. It is at a place called Ilukopitya on the Puwakpitiya Thummodara Road.
The land of an abandoned Rubber and Tea Estate was used to create this garden, which also made good use of a beautiful grove of Terminalia Arjuna Trees commonly knownas Kumbuk, through which a stream flows,and gives a cooling effect to sit, relax and enjoy as some of the photos here shown. Due to high rai all, the weather can change in an instant, and it is best to be prepared for all eventualities, but then that is part of the experience.
This has become a favorite place for photography, for classes, for wedding and pre-wedding shoots for which a special charge is made, mostly due to the ambience and the stunning backdrops that are created. That in itself adds some entertainment value to the place, and it can get very crowded at weekends and holidays, so if peace and quiet is what you want to stroll around at ease, then a week day is preferred. If you are an avid birdwatcher then it would be best to reach there by opening time, at sam to have the best chance of success.
Self-paddling boats are available for hire for those who want to Boat on water!
A rose garden in being created at an elevation and further additions are in process, with summer huts for picnics etc. A family day out here is an exciting opportunity to sample a modern facility specifically geared for convenience of visitors.
In fact this garden doubles as a research and conservation area for threatened and vulnerable endemic plant species of the Sinharaja Rain Forest, namely Wet Lowland Forest Flora, and in some senses mimics its environment.