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Royal Botanical Gardens

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Address: Peradeniya Road, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka
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+94 81 2 388088
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Amazing orchid collection

The gardens are large and well groomed. The Orchid collection is really amazing. Two comments- the service in the cafe in the park was extremely slow, and for some reason, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The gardens are large and well groomed. The Orchid collection is really amazing. Two comments- the service in the cafe in the park was extremely slow, and for some reason, the shop has no seeds or bulbs for sale. We strolled for 3 hours and really liked it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Do not miss going to this place. The gardens are amazing with many different things to see. even massive fruit bats. Would recommend getting the driver with a golf buggy it meant that we were able to see everything and our driver was full of knowledge and information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a really worthwhile trip and the trees were so tall. The bamboo was fascinating and some other fine specimens of palm, ferns,spice garden. The water looked stale and I was careful in case of mosquitoes. Hadn't enough time to see it all .

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great walking in the different areas, fern garden, spice garden, palm collection, orchids, etc. Ask where the fruit bats literally "hang out". Even during the day these huge creatures fly around, flap their wings while hanging upside down in the tall trees. It's great fun.

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Thank Susan B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Only drawback was not enough time to see everything we wanted, I never knew bats could be so big! Do not miss the beautiful orchid house. It's a great spot to people watch as well, we went on a Sunday and the place was fill with courting couples! If you have time take a picnic but watch the monkeys don't... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An oasis in Kandy. The Royal Botanical Gardens used to be the Royal pleasure gardens in 1843. Trees and more trees. Open space. Birds and more birds. A cool place!

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Thank sue R
Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The plants ,trees, wildlife are magnificent, never seen such huge trees from all over the world and most are full with flying fox bats, orchid collection beautiful, need to visit more than once to take it all in, fantastic, great for families, couples, everyone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to wander around in the shade. Orchid house was lovely. Came across a family of monkeys having a lovely time playing together. Also saw hundreds of fruit bats. Costs more for tourists to visit than locals!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This truly is an oasis, its just so peaceful, Its on the must see list and some of the sights, plants, its just wonderful. The highlight for me was the bats, in the daytime. They are huge, sat there for ages just watched them and listened, they make quite a noise. The place is teaming with school children, and people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was a little skeptical about coming to the gardens, especially when I noticed the rather large sign stating the different entrance fee for locals and foreigners. I understand this happens throughout Sri Lanka, and indeed other countries, but the mark-up for foreigners is huge. However, once inside, I was pleasantly surprised about how big the gardens were. We walked... More 

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