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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  • This is truly a place of marvel. I was (re)visiting the gardens after nearly four decades and I was taken with this wonderful place just like it was my first time. From orchids to giant trees, from pa...  more »
  • Very pretty Botanical Garden containing a multitude of species of trees and flowers, including a great greenhouse of orchids. It is also a place where nests of bats in very high trees, surprising!
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  • These gardens are very well kept and have some amazing trees, bamboo and flowers, a large park with lots to see, we spent three hours here and could of stayed longer.  more »
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  • Well maintained. Has over 4000 species of plants. The palm and the bamboo collections are impressive. Unless you are in the mood to walk for 6 to 7 hours I suggest you take a battery cart which will take you around in an hour. The driver we got was knowledgeable and showed us the important places and plants and have us interesting stories around each part of the garden.
  • This botanical garden is very near to Kandy and it is a must visit place. The total area is quite large near about 140 acres. At the entry they provide you a map of the place which helps you in your selection. Great lawns with java fig trees give a beautiful look. Double coconut palms are great attraction. Huge old, tall bamboo trees are very unique. Lake with lilies and hanging bridge is another attraction. Palm avenues are photographer's delight. Small plant house with cacti is added attraction. Orchid house has captivating display. We can easily spend 3 to 4 hours here. Very well maintained . Must wear cap to avoid the droppings of the large number of bats.
  • We had a good couple of hours here it is a lovely place to walk and relax in. There are lots of fruit bats and monkeys which was fun and I particularly liked the orchid house. The gardens are extremely well looked after and the gift shop is well stocked and reasonably priced. Well worth a visit.
  • Highly recommended to visit. One of the best botanical gardens we have visited. Amazing to see the bats hanging in the trees and the huge Java Fig tree Grove. A calm area in the hustle and bustle of Kandy.
  • Great location to go to. Many beautiful flowers and trees. Exciting to see all the bats (flying foxes) and monkeys. Highly recommend bringing some food to eat in the parks. Lovely.

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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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