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Popham's Arboretum

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“night walk”(5 reviews)
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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...more
Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
+94 77 726 7951
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All reviews slender loris night walk night tour nature lovers spotted deer yellow trail local flora and fauna trees and plants sri lankan nature sleeping birds morning or afternoon civet cat his enthusiasm endemic species local environment couple of hours certainly worth a visit
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Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

Please please go visit this wonderful place. We went twice, once during the day and once for a night tour to see the Loris - and we did!!!! Mr Jayarantha went with us both times and we have become great friends. Thank you Mr. Jayarantha!!!...More

Thank Piet V
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

We went to the arboretum as it sounded like a intriguing place for a relaxing exploration of local flora and fauna. We were met by the curator who gave us a personal tour of the arboretum with a fascinating incite into its history and challenges....More

Thank kandaps
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

thank you very much your quick review , it will help me to protect this arboretum for future generation.thank you again

Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Was an interesting experience, well worth the 10 USD charge, however instructions could be a little more clear and politely stated. We managed to see 3 slender Loris, 1 mouse dear, a sleeping Warbler and some spotted dear, plus a terrapin in an old water...More

Thank Philip B
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

during the heavy drought he was fallen to this well not trapped one ..many .thank for your comment . and review it will help us to improve visitor promotions

Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for one night and it was lovely. The curator is very knowledgable and passionate about local plant and animal species and the arboretum. We were also able to go on a night tour with the naturalist and saw some mouse deer and...More

Thank Ruby J
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

thank you very much for your kind review

Reviewed June 2, 2018

The arboretum was very different from the usual exotic and luxurious Sri Lankan foliage. The very knowledgeable resident guide explained all the unusual plants, their provenance and their purpose as we walked around. It would have been good to do a night time tour of...More

Thank Val H
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

thank you very much for your valuable review . It will help me to protect this progect for future generation . Thank you again

Reviewed April 20, 2018

We booked a triple room to stay here overnight. The plan was to do a night walk on arrival and an early morning walk next day before check out. The manager was very helpful in explaining and arranging by email. We arrived later than expected...More

Thank worldtravelplus
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2018

Thank you very much for your review

Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

A unique magic place in the world, amazing staff and very warm welcome for everyone. I definitely recommend to visit! Thank you for accommodate us and for the great service provided.

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Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

thank you very much

Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

We did a night time visit to the Arboretum specifically to spot slender loris. During the 90 minutes there were two brief encounters. Unfortunately once they spotted a loris our guides made a lot of noise and shone strong torch lights at the loris. Unsurprisingly...More

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Thank you for taking time to review us on TripAdvisor about your recent visit to the arboretum. We regret if you had an unpleasant experience. The Popham Arboretums core functions are conservation and education. Tourism is actually a secondary activity that we provide, which enables...More

Reviewed February 26, 2018

A truly unique, beautiful and friendly place that should be on everyone's list to visit. I spent a month at the Arboretum during the summer of 2017 and would happily go there for another month if I had the money! I was blown away by...More

Thank Rose S
Reviewed February 26, 2018

What a fantastic and interesting place to visit! I had the pleasure of staying at the Arboretum last summer while on a trip with Falmouth University and fell in love with the woodland. Learning about it's history, the trees and the animals like the Grey...More

Thank Josh P
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Response from chai0404 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is! :) There are two such places I can think of. One is the reception cum office area where there is plenty of reading material. The curator, Mr Amarasinghe will be more than happy to show her albums of the place... More
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Response from Sam Popham Arbo... D | Property representative |
There is no set time for tours. During daytime you can come anytime and walk in the arboretum. The night tour is best anytime after 7pm. Please call the curator on +94 777 267 951 and make a reservation prior to coming.