Royal Botanical Gardens
Royal Botanical Gardens
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksNature & Wildlife AreasGardens
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Odyssey27286697394
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Giant bamboo wow!
    A lovely afternoon visit to the gardens. They are very spacious and have particularly interesting sections including the cycads, giant bamboo, cabbage palm Avenue and orchid house. Wish we had take a picnic, as the vibe would be perfect to sit and relax for an afternoon in the sun. There is a small cafe with a limited selection and clean toilets. Also a discount on entry to students (foreign).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Judith
    Freiberg, Germany78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great flowers and plants and calm atmosphere
    What a a relaxed balance compared to busy and loud Kandy and for a reasonable entrance fee. We really loved the big flowering trees and the giant bamboo by the river. Also the hanging bridge was nice. We spend a good 3 hours here and liked the calm ambience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • boots666
    Northampton, United Kingdom161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens
    You will need at least three hours in these gardens (we only managed to see about half). If you go right after you have entered visit the Orchid House and go further walking alongside the river look up to see the fruit bats. So many examples of trees, bamboos and palms, highly recommend a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Matthew P
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom783 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Tranquility in the Heart of Kandy
    Amazing place with fantastic landscaped gardens and various outhouses containg everything from ferns to orchids. The grounds are beautifully laid out and plants well and clearly labelled making it a joy to walk around and take in such a delightful plethora of floral abundance. Give yourself a good 2 hours or more as the gardens are huge and to rush would take away the joy of this wonderful place
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Sheffview
    Sheffield, United Kingdom705 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oasis of calm
    The gardens are nice way to spend a couple of hors away from the city. Very well planned out to circumnavigate without having to meander too much. The rickety suspension bridge across the river was an experience - a few more than the recommended 6 when we were on it.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • seema60
    Toronto, Canada925 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful botanical garden in Kandy
    I enjoyed visiting this well marked botanical garden. Many varieties of plants and native trees here. There are some interesting palms and it’s nice walking around. I could only spend an hour but one could easily spend more time relaxing in the lawns. It’s right next to the river.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 31, 2023
  • CHD6265
    Odiham, United Kingdom417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place in Kandy
    An absolutely beautiful place. A real oasis of calm and beauty in a frantic city. So much to see over 3-4 hours (including a spot of lunch). Be prepared to walk the perimeter to see it all including the bat colony in one corner of the park(hard to miss, follow the cacophony), the monkey zone, the suspension bridge (for max 6 but probably 20 on when we visited- guard seemed to nod everyone through!). Then a multitude of specialist plant houses and flower beds. Simply stunning
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Ollossm
    Brundall, United Kingdom1,295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place
    This place was simply amazing. So much natural beauty on display. We managed to spend over 5hrs in here. You could do it faster but we could have easily spent more time here. Staff are really friendly throughout the gardens and we got pulled aside quite a few times for them to point out things. They seemed to take a very keen interest in making sure visitors saw things they might otherwise miss. Huge colony of fruit bats was pointed out to us. Troops of Toque macaques abound, plenty of magnificent birds and amazing displays of colour from the flowers. In some areas the scent of the flowers was quite heady. Restaurant on site we didn't try but the shop next to it selling drinks and snacks was really good value considering we were a captive audience. Probably our best value day in Kandy and quite possibly my favourite attraction. Highly recommended
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 22, 2024
  • tedkirby
    Lexington, Massachusetts550 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful! Highly recommend
    I visited here in December. The weather was nice and the gardens were beautiful! There were a wide variety of vegetation, including lots of tall trees, and very pretty plants. There were also lots of monkeys chilling around the place. There are bats too, you can hear them up in the trees. They are big bats, but I was told they are vegetarians. The grounds had lots of families and couples hanging about but it def did not feel crowded. There are bathrooms in the garden and they seem sanitary. Highly recommend!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Phil
    Longden-upon-Tern, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk through Royal Botanical Gardens
    Beautifully kept, very well laid out gardens with many species of trees, plants, shrubs and grasses. Giant Bamboos, many varieties of palms, huge trees. Tree lined avenues and riverside walk. Nice way to enjoy 2hrs relaxing in the open air.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 14, 2024
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Michael Morris
Palma de Mallorca, Spain63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
We arrived early in the morning and were lucky to get a golf buggy and guide for an additional 1000rps. This helped us cover more than 5km of the beautiful gardens and ensured that we managed to see all the highlights within about an hour. Our guide was lovely! super friendly and informative and gave us good insight into the gardens history and fauna and flora. The entrance fee is 2000rps per person which is very reasonable considering the immaculate condition the garden is kept in. This is a must for nature lovers, photographers and artists!
Written November 19, 2021
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Saachi Rajiv
Dubai, United Arab Emirates32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Needless to say it was a massive spread of various plants and trees from around the world. Well maintained and clean with information on some of them which we found to be useful. Many tourists around due to its popularity though it could never get congested. A huge grassland in the middle gave our kids unimaginable space to play. Alongside was a cafe where I could only spot tourists,the locals were seated down on the grass with their modest meals.
We sat around them too and couldn’t have enough of the fresh air that is usually missing in gulf counties.

At 2000 LKR per adult it was worth our time and effort.
Written January 5, 2020
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Julie F
Nottingham, UK152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Large botanical gardens that are doing great work alongside Kew gardens amongst others. Some great tree species to see from around the world , as well as beautiful flowering plants. Loved the avenue of palms, the large , old mahogony tree and the Madagascan 'canon ball tree' with its beautiful fruits shaped like cannon balls and its beautiful flowers. Well laid out, well sign posted and very well maintained. You will probably need 3 hours plus to see it all. Although there is shade , it was hot walking around so take plenty of water. There is a cafe , ideally located by the large lawn if you want to stay longer/ are in need of refreshments.
Written February 27, 2020
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a massive garden that is well-maintained with more than 4,000 species of plants, range from humongous trees to herbs, flora, palm trees, orchids, etc. It was built since 14th century as royal garden, but was destroyed during British occupation and was made as garden for coffee and cinnamons in 19th century. It was then under the administration of Department of Agriculture since 1912 when it was established. Beautiful place to spend for half a day especially for plants lovers. Many sitting benches, people also doing picnic on the lawns. Toilets are available within the park. Many different sections, such as palm tree sections, giant trees, orchid garden, cacti section, flowerbed section, etc. There is a section with interesting sights of lots of visible hanging bats on the tree branches. Overall it was a pleasant and therapeutic session to walk around the garden. Brochure indicates various species of birds can be found in the garden, but we could hardly see any. Also, the entrance fee is rather steep for foreigners at LKR2,000 per person per entry whereas locals only pay a small fraction.
Written March 16, 2020
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Murphy2k14
Paulstown, Ireland293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
My wife and I enjoyed a lovely casual stroll around the gardens on a sunny afternoon. The gardens are amazing with so many different species and variety of plans to see and admire. You can enjoy watching the monkeys play here too there are a lot of them around the trees and you can also see many flying squirrels here too. Well worth going here to chill and take a break.
Written January 17, 2020
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marriott946
London, UK820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Went at 9am to avoid the crowds although the temperature was low 30's.

Great shaded walkways.

Well laid out, easy to follow on the given map.

Tree signage brilliant with signage making you aware of the
poisoness trees and who planted what. Don't miss it if you visit Kandy.

Written March 9, 2022
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Aeskulap1
Oberurnen, Switzerland510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
It was a very pleasant and relaxing walk through this large botanical garden seeing so many different species of flowers and trees, as well as endemic vegetation. In hot day you can really enjoy the shade and the tour through alleys of palm trees. Give yourself 3-4 hours.
Written February 27, 2020
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Elsworthj
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I have visited the garden as a teenager many times while living in Sri Lanka. After more than 30 years living abroad, I decided to take my teenagers to show this amazing place. It is very disappointing that they charge more than $40usd while the locals pay less than $1. Don’t get me wrong, this a very beautiful place but a steep cost for a family.
Written January 3, 2020
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Yvette F
Buckingham, UK382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Visited for an afternoon and was a very pleasant stroll through lovely grounds. Tourists pay 2000rupees and you can hire a golf cart for an extra 2000 if you feel too hot too walk. They have a fantastic selection of trees which are nice and shady to sit under and there is a lovely cool cafeteria where you can sit and have lunch and soft drinks at reasonable prices.
Written March 7, 2020
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sleepybexhill
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK1,495 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
This is a very large, well maintained garden with lots to see as you wander around. You’ll need at least a couple of hours for a quick tour. There is quite a bit of renovation going on so some places are closed. It costs 2000 rupees for foreigners to get in. Street vendors aren’t allowed in so your visit will be relaxed and hassle free. We didn’t visit at the best time of year in terms of flowers, but it was lovely nonetheless.
Written January 23, 2022
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