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Address: Kandalama Road, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 77 726 7951
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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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Fascinating conservation project.

This is NOT just another spice garden. It is an inspirational piece of conservation undertaken by Sam Popham who cared about the future of our natural heritage. It has been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
tw12016
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England, United Kingdom

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England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is NOT just another spice garden. It is an inspirational piece of conservation undertaken by Sam Popham who cared about the future of our natural heritage. It has been continued by his long term assistant and friend and deserves all the support we can give it. To get most benefit DO make an appointment and be guided around the... More 

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Geneva, switzerland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

These sites pepper the road and are no more than tourists traps introducing tourists to a few exotic trees to lead them to the shop. Some enjoy it We did not

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

We feel that you may have misidentified the property on TA. Your review describes a typical “Spice Garden” concept. The IFS-Popham Arboretum, until recently Sri Lanka's only dry zone arboretum, was established 5 decades ago on 7.5 acres of thorny scrub jungle and abandoned ‘Chena’ land with the intention of reforesting and conserving the unique biological diversity of the ‘dry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

We had a great experience at the arboretum today! Mr. Amarasinghe gave us an educational and entertaining tour of the area. His knowledge of the flora and local environment are incredible. It was good to see environmental programs like his happening here. Our young children loved the easy walks and bats! The sip of tea was especially nice at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

If you like birds and bats then it is very well worth paying a visit and following one of the very well signposted routes.

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Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Went on camping at Popham's Arboretum and stayed for one night. Awesome place to camping while enjoying the beauty of mother nature.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We visited here last summer. We had a great guided tour through the forest that made "nature conservation" to us a very real thing. Indeed it is difficult. The manager of the property does a great job in protecting the trees against the marble quarry nearby and the animals against poaching. In response to some other reviewer who complained: if... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I have visited at Popham arboteum in an evening when I was coming from Matale. It is situated about 3Km from Dambulla in Kandalama road. We spent about 2 hours there and walking along well paved foot pathway was a nice experiance. This place is famous for Lorris viewing and you have to come in night time for it. But... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very interesting tour of herb farm. I learnt a lot about the use of herbs here Bring some herbs and spices home, the best I have used.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

ENG: A bit too expensive, but really nice! Absolutely recommend. Hint: when you're inside follow one of the colored signs for the path, or you will get lost very easily. ITA: Un po' troppo caro, ma molto carino! Raccomando assolutamente. Un consiglio: all'interno seguite uno dei sentieri segnalati con i cartelli colorati, o vi perderete facilmente.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It's great when you come across conservation works actually in situ, living in the Western world we are used to being asked to donate to such good causes but here you can see first hand the great work and enthusiasm to try to help remain and restore the endangered species of trees in the island. It is so uplifting to... More 

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