Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

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#1 of 43 in Parks in Central Province
If you’re a nature lover, don’t miss the chance to take a stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest botanical gardens in Sri Lanka, boasting more than 4000 different plant species. Established in 1843, the gardens sprawl over 60 ha (147 ac) and house countless local plants, as well as an array of interesting specimens from around the world. Admire the massive fig tree, over 100 years old, the giant bamboo plants, a colorful collection of orchids, and numerous other fascinating trees and flowers. Make Royal Botanical Gardens a centerpiece of your Peradeniya vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Peradeniya trip planner .
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  • A perfect activity a sunny day! You can rent tiny tuktuk and drive around the place. It's extremely nicely kept and very beautifully organised. A good place to escape from the heat in town also.  more »
  • A must visit place for Nature Lovers. Real Beautiful, spare 3-4 hours for lovely walk. Well organized park with palms, trees, orchids. Do visit hanging bridge. Well maintained. Ticket Price: LKR 1500/...  more »
  • You can spend all day here. Shows a lot of interest in the people here. Very beautiful tropical plants. Tall pine trees, it's hard to fathom how they shape of EPS. Walk over the bridge. As the full name of the suspension bridge.
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  • By far the most 'natural feel' and diverse botanical garden that I have seen. Very well maintained, my family and I were very impressed. Be prepared to walk a lot if you plan to see the whole gardens - bonus go around sunset towards to the river bank to see thousands of bats.
  • What a beautiful place, even though the weather wasn't great you could really appreciate the variety and amount of plants here. And things were labeled if you were interested in knowing the names. The orchid house was stunning. Unfortunately when we went the cactus house was closed but from what we could see it looked impressive. The huge bamboos were really amazing, can't really explain how big it was. Watch out for the local couples being romantic.... everywhere!
  • First built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King and later expanded by the British, Royal Botanical Garden is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers of various shapes and sizes. Upon arrival, we collected the entrance ticket from the guide, make our way into the well maintained and large area, and leisurely walked around while simultaneously capturing some captivating shots for remembrance.Spending around at least 3 solid hours at this garden which actually was quite tiring, particularly figuring out which direction will lead back to the exit out.
  • These gardens are located 6.5 miles out of Kandy on the Kandy Colombo Road. The gardens house varieties of palms, ebony, bamboos, ficus, grasses, cactii, and orchids arranged in aesthetic avenues, clusters and enclosures. There is a giant Java Fig tree, a student garden, a medicine garden, a spice garden . Facilities like wash-rooms, restaurant and phones are found within the gardens. Royal Botanic Gardens open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. There is a suspension bridge over the river where I spotted a huge lizard sun tanning in the sun. It was interesting seeing the monkeys "climbing on tight rope" at the bridge, just like a circus performance.
  • Wow... Such a amazing place.. Must visit at least one time. its includes more than 4000 species of plants and total area is 147 acres. it giving best medicine for eyes. All over the are is green color and garden will steal your mind for sure.

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Where to stay in Peradeniya

Since most people visit Peradeniya on a day trip from Kandy, the suburb itself offers a limited choice of accommodations. Most of the lodging options lie along the highway that passes by the town, connecting Kandy with Colombo, but you also can find several inns and guesthouses near the university, in the botanical garden area, and in the surrounding verdant hills. Most of the choices suit budget travelers, while offering all the basic amenities for a comfortable stay.
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