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Botanical gardens fees up

The admission fees at the country’s five botanical gardens have been increased with effect from today. The revised fees have been published in a Gazette Extraordinary issued by Tourism Development, Wild Life and Christianity Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga last Friday.

The entrance fee for adults and children over twelve years of age have been increased from Rs 50 to100. The admission fee for local children below 12 years and school children has been revised to Rs. 20. Adults over the age of sixty will be admitted at a fee of Rs 20 on showing of National Identity Card.

Entrance charges for foreigners over 12 years of age have been increased from Rs 1,500 to 2,000. The entrance fee for foreign children below 12 years has been increased to Rs 1,000 while foreign school children and university students would be admitted for a concessionary fee of Rs 1,200 on showing of satisfactory proof of status.

Residents within the botanic garden perimeter, Government servants who enter into the gardens for official purposes, persons who are granted free admission by the Director General and, visitors hosted by the Sri Lankan Republic are exempted from paying the entrance fee.

The fees for vehicles have also been increased. Cars, Jeeps ,Station Wagons and Three wheelers would be charged Rs. 250, Motor Bicycles and Motor Scooters will be charged Rs. 100 and Foot Cycles will be charged Rs. 50 under the revised fees.

According to the Gazette, Rs 300 will be charged for ride boats limited to half an hour for two persons at the boat yards of the Gampaha (Henerathgoda) Botanic Gardens and Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens. The charges for Battery cars have also been increased. Accordingly, an eight Seater Battery Car would be Rs. 2,000 and three Seater Battery Car would be Rs. 1,000 from today.

The new fees have been gazetted under the Botanic Gardens Ordinance. The country’s botanical gardens are: Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Hakgala, Henarathgoda Botanic Gardens, Gampaha, Dry Zone Botanic Gardens, Mirijjawila and, the Wet Zone Botanic Gardens, Avissawella

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