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Address: Kandalama Road, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 77 726 7951
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Description: The IFS-Popham Arboretum, Sri Lanka's only dry zone arboretum was...
The IFS-Popham Arboretum, Sri Lanka's only dry zone arboretum was established over five decades ago on 7.5 acres of thorny scrub jungle and abandoned 'Chena' land in Dambulla which is in the geographical center of our island, where history and culture merge amidst a natural landscape of water and mountains. The arboretum is not only about trees. There and many species of Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Spiders and Mammals including Bats that can be seen within the premises.
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An oasis for nature lovers and botanists in Sri Lanka

We visited the IFS Popham Arboretum and Sanctuary earlier this year. It is a sanctuary for the tropical trees and for native wildlife. Many of the indigineous trees of Sri Lanka... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We visited the IFS Popham Arboretum and Sanctuary earlier this year. It is a sanctuary for the tropical trees and for native wildlife. Many of the indigineous trees of Sri Lanka are becoming very rare. You can call here to schedule a day or night hike. Nights you might see slow lories. Mr. J. Amerasinghe is ambitious and generous in... More 

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience on TripAdvisor and for mentioning positive elements about the property. Your positive feedback motivates us to continue on our conservation work. Thank you for kindly noting the efforts made by Mr.Jayantha in order to make your visit a more educational and enjoyable one. More 

Wattala, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

when you visit the Arboretum better be there by 6.00 am or after 7.00 pm to see loris, I think yellow trac is the best and it's the longest as well if lucky you will be able to see spotted deer,fishing cat as well

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review us on TripAdvisor about your recent visit to the arboretum. The arboretum is opened for day visitors from 7 am to 6 pm. The night safari on the Loris trails continues from 7 pm onwards. More 

Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My husband and I stopped by after seeing the Dambulla Cave Temple. Jayantha who looks after the arboretum was just about the head home for the day but kindly extended his day so he could show us around. Come here if you want to enjoy an easy walk for an hour or two and have Jayantha enthusiastically guide you through... More 

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to review us on TripAdvisor. Your positive feedback motivates us to continue on our conservation work. Thank you for kindly noting the efforts made by Mr. in order to make your visit a more educational and enjoyable one. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Really lovely to get away from all the crowds and walk in the cool of the clearly marked paths. Saw some giant squirrels and some bats. The whole experience was soured by the usual extortionate expectation that the tourists are a walking ATM. I would not pay £10 for an hours walk in a park in England, so why I... More 

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We regret if you had an unpleasant experience. The Popham Arboretum is mainly run for educational and conservational purpose and funded through donations, contributions and proceeds from ticket sales. Current entry fees are as follows. Day time visit (no times restriction) Rs.1,000 ($10) Guided Night Tour (1 to 1.5 hours depending on the sightings)... More 

South East England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours whilst in Dambulla. We wandered through the arboretum photographing the various butterflies and birds we encountered whilst wandering through the natural dry forest (rains only falls on 90 days per year). There's also the opportunity to spot a loris if you arrange a night walk. The history and significance of Sam... More 

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience on Trip Advisor and for mentioning positive elements about the property. More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We nearly didn't go here but had a few hours to spare so gave them a call then took the 15 minute ride out from Dambulla. We were greeted by the wonderful Mr Amarasinghe. He explained how the arboretum had been started and showed us photos of the forest before and after it had been treated by the "Popham" method,... More 

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to upload such a wonderful review on Trip Advisor about your recent visit to the arboretum. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We walked the yellow trail. (about 2 hours doing a lot of birding along the way) It is well signed and allows you to explore several different habitats. Along the way we saw a variety of interesting birds including: Black-headed Cuckooshrike, Jerdon'sand Golden-Fronted Leafbirds, Black-hooded orioles, Forest Wagtails, White-Browed Bulbul, several Asian Paradise Flycatchers, White-rumped Shama,Lotten's and Purple Rumped Sunbirds,... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I have both visited and worked in several conservation and environmental activities in this location. It is a special destination but sometimes the management and ownership seems to be floating away from their main objective and purpose. I'd be very sad if I see Tourism has made damage to the place and they would loose their conservation aspect of the... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This special place is a bubble of peace and quiet for the trees and animals, ourselves included. The experience we had here was thoroughly enjoyable because of the serene environment, warm welcome, and the lovely walks trough this space. Every walk is a unique experience. Sometimes is a loris buffet, and sometimes its an orchestra of frogs! The expert eyes... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you like wildlife and nature, then you must visit here. We arrived unannounced, but were warmly welcomed. An exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate student volunteer offered to guide us around the small, beautifully created arboretum. The trees were one thing, but the biodiversity and associated flora and fauna were another. Within minutes we spotted a giant squirrel, a kangaroo lizard... More 

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Address: Address: Kandalama Road, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 77 726 7951
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Dambulla

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