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Popham's Arboretum

Kandalama Road, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
+94 77 726 7951
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Ranked #4 of 6 attractions in Dambulla
Type: Gardens
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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143 reviews 143 reviews
51 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

There are numerous paths through this arboretum and the plants and trees here are labeled. Unfortunately, we did not allow enough time for this visit and hope that others can give better reports.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We arrived unannounced and were given a generous welcome. Mr Jayantha Amarasinghe took us on a tour of these amazing woods. He has dedicated himself entirely to continue the work that Sam Popham began and is thus restoring this important forest, one tree at a time. It is not without pain: Mr Amarasinghe showed us a snare poachers had left... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Our small group of 11 students and two teachers enjoyed our night walk at the Arboretum. We were well guided and the path is a very easy walk. My only regret is that we didn't have a chance to return in the daytime to appreciate the trees in daylight.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

The history is already provided by others. What struck me was the demonstration of the ease and simplicity with which indigenous dry-zone tropical forest can be regenerated with minimal interference from man. Popham's techniques could be widely adopted at minimal cost. This place deserves wide recognition and support. If money is not forthcoming from somewhere it is likely to disappear... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We visited Pophams arboretum for an afternoon before going to the Dambulla caves. It was set up in the 1960s by Sam Popham, ex Navy and ex tea planter. He was concerned over the disappearance of indigenous forest in the dry zone of Sri Lanka so bought a patch of scrub jungle and set about returning it to its natural... More

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

We visited this place, which is a real treat for nature lovers. We liked it so much that we decided to stay the night there. We went for another walk in the forest in the evening and managed to see a few Lorises and Mouse Deers. We thoroughly enjoyed staying there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Walk up the steps take your time and soak in the atmosphere, because you'll be glad you did just to see and hear the amazing sights and sounds - Well worth a visit

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