Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

4.5
#1 of 58 in Parks in Central Province
#Garden, #Landmark, #Must See
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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  • Visited here with my partner and our 3 youngest children in April. We only had a few hours here and did not really get to see everything - ideally you want to spend a whole day here. The place is vast...  more »
  • These gardens have the lot. Exotic plants. Stunning orchids in a splendid orchid house. Vistas. Tree arcades great lawns. The public buildings like cafes are a disappointment but the gardening and the...  more »
  • Copes with the crowds well.The shop is decent but looks like it needs a restaurant too. Some great trees for the monkeys. The large orchid collection is a star.  more »
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  • Full a spectacular established trees, a huge assortment of flowers & animal life who have made this place their home (we saw monkeys, many different birds & bats). The paths were well-maintained & the maps easy to follow (we also used Google maps, which was helpful to get us back on time). We spent 1.5 hours but could have easily explored for longer- I suspect many people would get tired before they got bored! Highly recommend.
  • The shear massiveness of this park alone will take your breath away..as soon as you enter you are faced by a picturesque path decorated with small colorful flowers and bushes that goes deep into an abyss of trees that might as well be infinite. Could easily take 3 hours to cover the park (if you are quick). Meet and feed a family of monkeys, go over a suspended bridge that swivels over a river, see the huge quantities of flying foxes hanging from the trees, and appreciate the extensive work and attention to detail that was carried out to create a garden worth of fairy tail book.
  • This botanic garden is a well known attraction in Kandy. Located few kilometers from Kandy city center and it has easy access as well. Local and foreign tourists visit this garden daily in 1000s. Garden is really beautiful and well maintained over the years. Ideal time is to visit this place is in the morning as in the afternoon it is pretty hot and walking inside this huge garden will make you tired soon.
  • Perfect for a family trip! Couldn't see everything in one day, because it's an amazing and really, really wide garden. The Orchids collection is absolutely stunning, we also found monkeys running free, bats and fishes. Always carry with yourself some sunscreen, bug spray and/or some clothes to cover your body. You can find a restaurant too, if you would like to have lunch; and buy some souvenirs at the shop at the end, or drink some coffee.
  • A quiet and picturesque place where you can probably spend more than half a day provided it isn't too sunny and hot. Owing to the greenery, the temperature surely is a bit lower than the township. There aren't much cafes or bistros inside and one should carry sufficient water if one plans to spend more time inside. The orchid house is small though kept well. Though the park closes at 6.30 pm, the orchid house closes at 5.30 pm. The place is well-maintained and surely is worth a visit, though the entrance fee is high.
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