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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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A n interesting and Beautiful Garden with over 4,000 species

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... read more

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Judi L
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed yesterday 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 

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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 2 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hire a golf cart if you don't have a lot of time - you can do the gardens in less than an hour. It's worth it as they can whizz you around the whole site and still stop to take pictures.

Thank swissmiss3
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was kind of a snooze fest. Other than the orchids and the suspension bridge there is nothing much entertaining for a young crowd.

Thank Uvindu P
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are much to explore at Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. You will find many many collections of rare trees, orchid flowers. There is one hanging bridge over the Mahaweli River. The entry ticket for SAARC countries is 1500 LKR. Photography allowed.

Thank nafisahabib
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6 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Being closer to nature with a relaxed walk among trees. Nice place to visit with families. Will take around half a day to visit in a relaxed manner. If you are in a hurry just want to see the garden there is a service to take you around with a pay of Rs2000 per hour (For 7 persons). Tried this... More 

Thank Amila F
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy to access by bus, no need to pay for tuk tuk. Catch bus from the clock tower in town for 16rs. Spent half a day here walking around, so much to see and very interesting. Would highly recommend

Thank Helen C

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