Little Rome of Sri Lanka – Top 5 Travel Destinations of Gampaha

Negombo Beaches

Why to visit Gampaha in Sri Lanka? Here are some Top 5 Travel Destinations of Gampaha, It is one such place that allows you to witness the vibrant culture, religion and races. This city occupies, main international airport of the country and also a leading university.

It is a little Rome! Isn’t that interesting? Negombo is the city in Gampaha that occupies many old Roman Catholic church. Therefore, this place is compared with the beauty of the Rome.

Till 1815, this place was covered with the dense forest. Going by the history, the fifth governor of Ceylon, Sir Edward Barnes made his visit to Gampaha in the year 1825 and this further gave recognition to the town. Slowly the town started growing and now in Sri Lanka it is considered to be the major tourist spot. In Henarathgoda botanical garden, the first rubber tree of Sri Lanka was planted and this enhanced the popularity of the town.

It is 28km away from the Colombo and is also located close to the Negombo. From Colombo if you plan to drive to this town, then it may take around an hour to reach to this place. In your journey, you will surely enjoy the pleasant climate.

Tuk Tuk is the three wheeler vehicle which is used to travel around the city. You can also travel by bus, but for that you should inquire about the timings well in advance.

Gampaha is one among the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, which has second level administrative division of the country. Top 5 travel destinations of Gampaha are:

  1. Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens

Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens

Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens is one among the important 5 botanical gardens of Sri Lanka. This botanical garden is 5 km away from the Gampaha. The garden comprises of around 43 acres of land and is considered to be the beautiful garden in the Gampaha district. Towards the South West of the garden you can find Ruhunu National park and Wilpattu national park which are also worth visiting.

In Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens, that is around 128 years old, you can find diverse population of Flora and Fauna which solely belongs to Sri Lanka.

The first Brazilian rubber tree that was planted in Asia was in this garden. The seedlings of this tree where brought here in 1876 AD. Planting this tree, boosted the rubber industry of Southeast Asia. Colourful flowers in this garden can give soothing experience to your eyes. You can also view satinwood, ebony, ironwood and mahogany in this garden.

In this garden you can also find few imported trees in different varieties. You can also find around 80 different types of birds in this botanical garden. Visiting this garden during monsoon can allow you to get the pleasant view.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here