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Address: Kandalama Road, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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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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Medicinal herb farm

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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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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Banbury, United Kingdom
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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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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This place was a surprising lovely little find when we had half a day to fill up. It wasn't on our agenda but really glad we found it. We did a lovely nature walk for a couple of hours, saw lots of beautiful butterflies. At the end we had a nice cup of tea with the manager in the mud... More 

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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 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 

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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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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 

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