Watupitiwala Herbal Garden

The Herbal Garden of GWAI, which is of approximately 6 acres, is located in Watupitiwala in Attanagalla Divisional Secretariat in the Gampaha district, adjacent to Yakadawala forest reserve . Its geo-ecological location provides environmental conditions optimum for many plant species. Many of the plants found are the ones adapted to the local ecological conditions. It can be considered as a specific ecosystem which provides sanctuary for sustaining a cluster of indigenous flora and fauna.


To maintain a herbal garden with a large collection of herbs that would enable the study of herbs in its natural environment and to promote, sustainable conservation and plant base research.

Main Functions

• To facilitate learning and research on herbal plants within the academic programme
• To be used in the teaching programme conducted by Dept. of Dravyaguna
• Promote research activities in the field of herbal plants.
• Carry out activities to disseminate authentic information about herbal plants.
• Planning & implementation of conservation strategies for the conservation of plant diversity in the area.

Educational Value

The garden acts as an excellent resources for education and research with regard to study on ayurveda herbs, ethno-botany, materia-medica, sustainable resource management, medicinal plant cultivation, post harvesting technology etc. Natural habitat and plants in the vicinity belonging to forest reserve hold an exclusive resource and support the rich biodiversity in surrounding area.

Recent Activities

• A plantation campaign was conducted as a part of the Pandith G.P. Wickckramarachchi Memorial Programme to enrich the botanical sanctuary with vulnerable, threatened and endangered plant species in the garden.
• A developmental project is being implemented for establishing training facilities, Herbarium and a Plant Research Laboratory.

Future Activities

• Plans are currently underway to increase the herbal plants collection and uplift the research and educational activities centered around this.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 October 2017 06:56



GWAI received the approval from the CCIM


Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute,
Kandy Road, Yakkala 11807,
Sri Lanka.

Tel  +94 33-2222748, +94 2222740,
+94 33 2231627

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