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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Fruit bats, monkeys and impressive trees.

A beautiful place to spend a few hours. A small orchid house, really large mature trees mainly labelled so you know what they are. Many spice trees and colourful gardens. But the... read more

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Janet B
Shoreham-by-sea, United Kingdom
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Shoreham-by-sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautiful place to spend a few hours. A small orchid house, really large mature trees mainly labelled so you know what they are. Many spice trees and colourful gardens. But the best bit are the hundreds of fruit bats flying around.

Thank Janet B
Ostrava, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have never seen anything like this before. Certainly do not miss a visit to this place. You will not be disappointed

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Mont-sur-Rolle, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to see if you are in Kandy. I can only recommend to be there as soon as possible in the morning, so you can enjoy the first hour almost alone. The highlights are : - The giant bats which are nesting in the huge threes of the park. - The many different plants and flowers you can see... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The botanical garden was astonishingly beautiful. It is the manifestation of Sri Lanka's rich and fertile "flora". There is plenty to see, and you can walk around for hours, so make sure you have water with you and a hat.

Thank babarozsi
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a huge garden and involves a lot of walking. Wear comfortable shoes if you plan to visit, or hire a golf cart to take you around. Beautiful place to spend an afternoon amidst lots of greenery. The start attraction is the Orchid House. Wouldn't recommend spending much time here unless you are a true nature lover and wan't... More 

Thank Soumyak S
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Royal Gardens at Peradeniya has been a royal site since 1371, when King Wickramabahu III held court there. Now, there are over 4,000 species - including more than 300 varieties of orchids. Everything thrives on this lush 147-acre site, which also boasts a suspension bridge, a lake, spice beds, and a pavilion-sized fig tree. It is a lot of... More 

Thank Judi L
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The garden is huge and we took around 2.30 hours to visit Just walk around it was so relaxed, it's so natural we saw many squirrels and hundred of bats! in the trees Take some snack and water, just go there sit and enjoy

Thank Hoon M
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was wonderful to walk around the gardens for the afternoon. You must go while you're in Kandy! Really cool trees, beautiful flowers, and monkeys.

Thank genevieve L
Balikpapan, Indonesia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We've spent the entire afternoon in the gardens with 2 energetic kids, they love it!! Beautiful gardens. A nice place for picnic but since we did not know, we had lunch at the restaurant (buffet) overlooking the gardens. Local food, tasty. Overall a lovely afternoon, highly recommended to visit!

Thank Daniela_Oliveira_BPN
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took some friends to the Royal Botanical Gardens and spent just over an hour walking around them. Apart from the beautiful gardens themselves, we always look at the trees planted by prominent people. On this particular visit, we noted the now very large tree planted by King Edward VII in 1875. In contrast, the tree planted by Queen Elizabeth... More 

Thank Maioha

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