Gampaha Botanic Gardens

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Sri Lanka - Gampaha

Institution Code: GAMPH

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Gampaha Botanic Gardens

The Garden was laid out in 1876 to introduce Para Rubber to Sri Lanka by the British rulers. In 1919 Rubber seedlings were imported from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew and the Project was handed over to Muhandiram A. de Soyza who was the first OIC of the Garden. The trees blossomed in 1880 and from the next year Rubber seeds were distributed throughout the country as well as some other British colonies. Remnants of these first Rubber trees are new protected as a national monument.
Later the garden was developed as a standard Botanical Garden by adding and developing new plants and sections. Many of these trees of the 19th century are still available in the Garden. It now serves as a tropical low country Botanic Garden.

Main Address:
Gampaha Botanic Gardens
Sri Lanka

Telephone: +94 33 2316
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. D.S.A. Wijesundara, Director General
    Curator's Name: Mrs. C. P. Jayaweera, Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 7.0898
    Longitude: 79.9994
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:First rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis, introduced in 1876, died in 1986. Natural forest, orchids, ferns, medicinal plants, flowering trees. Dipterocarpus zeylanicus, Roystonia regia, Calophyllum inophyllum, Taraktogenus kurzii, Livistona rotundifolia, Cyr

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes