The Haggala gardens, about 27 hectares (67 acres) just 10 kilometers outside Nuwara Eliya, are quite different. They are best known for their gorgeous display of roses and tree ferns, which grow so well in this chilly zone 1,680 meters up (5,511 feet) and shadowed by the 457-metre tall (1,500-foot) Haggala peak. Bordering on closed nature reserve land, Haggala is also a good place to spot iconic wildlife like the Bear Monkey and the Blue Magpie.
Haggala was the site where tea was first cultivated in Sri Lanka. The Garden’s plantation of roses, shrubs, fern, camphor, eucalyptus and montane woodlands make it one of the world’s most beautiful naturally landscaped gardens. The best time to visit would be from mid March to end April when the gardens put up its' best display of vibrant annual flowers, roses and orchids.