Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy

If you have a penchant for a gorgeous garden, you’ll love the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy. Once the stomping ground of Kandyan royalty, today the rules have been relaxed allowing the masses to enjoy the most impressive and biggest botanic gardens on the island.

Spread over 60 hectares you’ll find a huge range of fascinating flora and fauna. Be sure to visit the Orchid house which is home to a fine and impressive collection of the plants. A wander down the somewhat regal avenue of royal palms makes for a pleasant experience and you have to check out the cannonball fruit tree and 40m high Burma bamboo. Speaking of big plants – you’re sure to be wowed by the giant Javan fig tree.

As you meander through the gardens you might spot some of the gardeners; watch as they meticulously tend to the plants, crouched down with a peg and rope, cutting the blades of grass and neatening the soil edges to make sure everything is just right. You’ll also spot some wildlife including plenty of fruit bats, a variety of birds and even some monkeys. Be careful leaving any bags or belongings lying around - the latter have been known to browse through your things!

If you get hungry there is a cafeteria in the grounds serving up both western and local dishes. Alternatively you could bring along a picnic to enjoy within the gardens. For the most pleasant experience head out in the morning or the afternoon and avoid the midday heat. Make sure you pack sunscreen and a hat, as there isn’t an awful lot of shade at the gardens.

Highlights

  • Visit the biggest botanic garden in Sri Lanka

  • Spot rare plants as well as birds, bats and monkeys

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