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Botanical Gardens in Kandy

Take a calming stroll along the mesmerising Botanical Gardens!

Tourism in Kandy

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About Botanical Gardens in Kandy

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy was once upon a time a walking place for the Britishers and was accessible to the royals of the Kandian era. However, now everyone is allowed to take a stroll along with the lush green gardens of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy. The gardens are a big hit amongst visitors because of its collection of rare flowers, plants, fruits, and trees. It is also considered an important part of the Sri Lankan history and culture. The gardens allow tourists to take a walk around the beautiful gardens and also shop for different plants, flowers, and gardening tools at the shops situated right outside the Botanical Gardens. Tourists can also visit and have a scrumptious meal at the restaurant on the premises of the garden. You can hire a guide to explain the medicinal properties, growing technique, uses of various fruits and conditions needed for each plant and also be informed about the origin of the names of each fruit and flower. The Botanical Gardens in Kandy should be in your must-visit list while touring around the city of Kandy.

History of Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens were initially created by the Kandyan Kings for purposes of growing tea and rubber plantations. However, after the British took over Kandy, the garden was used as Lord Mountbatten’s headquarters. It was also used by the Britishers to take a walk and relax amidst the lush green gardens. It was later developed into a garden with numerous fruits, rare orchids, tall palm trees and various seedlings of foreign plants. The garden reminds the Sri Lankans of the architectural and creative capabilities of the Kandian kings. The Britishers may have modified the garden but the main idea and structure remain the same to this date.

Other Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are the much sought after tourist attraction in Kandy. However, after visiting the Peradeniya, take a look at the other Botanical Gardens that Sri Lanka has to offer. Each garden has its own charm and beauty regarding the availability of plants and trees. So, check out the other massive Botanical Gardens with lush greenery and various fruits and flowers.

Hakgala Botanical Garden

Hakgala Botanical Garden is the second largest Botanical Garden in Sri Lanka. It is situated in Nuwara Eliya and has a cool temperature. It was initially built to take care of tea cultivation but now tourists can see a variety of subtropical fruits and plants.

Seethawaka Botanical Garden

Seethawaka Botanical Gardens was created for rubber and tea cultivation in the 20th century. Now, tourists will find a variety of Bamboo and endemic plant species that need to be protected. So, you may not get to buy these beautiful plants but will get to view and know a lot about the uses of so many vulnerable plant species in the garden.

Henarathgoda Botanical Garden

Henarathgoda Botanical Garden is a garden that mainly has rubber growing plants and trees. The seeds for rubber cultivation was brought in from the Amazon forest which led to the creation of Henarathgoda Botanical Garden. Tourists can roam around the garden and know about the stories connected to the reason for the presence of a few special trees in the garden. So, the next time you chance upon Sri Lanka, do visit all the Botanical Gardens especially the Peradeniya Botanical Garden.

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    Srishti Sharma

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    Srishti's 5 days trip to Kandy

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    Sagarika's 7 days trip to Kandy

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    Olga Mittal

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    Olga's 7 days trip to Kandy

    Had a memorable and amazing time in srilanka thanks to prasanna from sha travels and Kavinda (our guide and driver for the entire trip!) comfortable stays, good hotel bookings. very polite and cooperative! highly recommend them!
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    Jaipur

    Hitesh's 5 days trip to Kandy

    there were no hiccups during the trip. Driver and hotel etc. all things were of top notch quality. thank you for your support
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    Amol Ratan Singh Lottey

    New delhi

    Amol's 6 days trip to Kandy

    I traveled to Sri Lanka with my wife to celebrate our 1st marriage anniversary. It was our first ever visit to Sri Lanka and I would say we were lucky to book it with Direct Link Private Limited. Our guide for the tour was Ismath and he did a fantastic job throughout the trip. Our journey was carefu
    lly curated to help us experience the maximum number of places in the 5 days that we had for the visit. The choice of hotels was fantastic throughout. Nuwara Eliya was the highlight of our trip - the place is simply magical and the hotel chosen by Mr. Arshad was amazing. I would recommend everyone to choose Direct Link as their travel partners. I look forward to visiting the country again soon once the pandemic ends. Will connect with Direct Link again and would request the services of Ismath once again. Thank you guys for the memorable trip.
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    Nagrajan

    Mumbai

    Nagrajan's 5 days trip to Kandy

    Hi First of Thanks to Travel Triangle - Relax Lanka for this Srilanka Trip - their are some CONS AND PROS- First of all thanks to Driver /Guide Mr. Sanjay he was amazing person - and was very help full throughout the Tour pros :- All the hotels was very Good and luxurious - and in all the hotels d
    inner was their so didn't faced any problem of food Cons : we have paid 35K for two person thats ok - but for the all the activities we had to pay the Extra charges - 1. like elephant safari - we paid : 3KINR which was not at all worth you can just see some 4 elephants 2.. Madhu River we have paid 60$ for two person for just a ride of 1hours - Again it was not worth - when we checked in the NET it was just 400RS person - We feel like we have been cheated 3. tortoise watching _ we paid 2K INR - again its just a small house hold person running the tortoise park -- not worth One more suggestion they ask for charges for everything- even before travelling we asked them about Corona Crisis they said its nothing over here we reached on 11th March and from 12th March Srilanka has started their to close many things - if they have informed about this we would postphoned our Trip - Even we have enquired about VISA - they have informed us that for indian citizen it is on Arrival - its was not at all True - before travelling we need to take online visa which compulsory and it is free for indian Citizen - But Relax lanka was asking for 20$ fee for visa if i want to take it from them -- it was good i done it from my side Would suggest instead of going to Srilanka - i would suggest plan for NORTH EAST - which is worth value for money
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    Krishnakumar Sriram

    Bengaluru

    Krishnakumar's 9 days trip to Kandy

    Since our trip could not be completed due to corona restrictions, we were forced to return 2 days in advance . We had requested for proportionate refund but not received any response regarding the refund. Kindly consider and refund proportionately in all fairness. We are sure you will respond positi
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    Priya's 7 days trip to Kandy

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    Deepak Ramu

    Mumbai

    Deepak's 7 days trip to Kandy

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    Abhishek Blade

    Delhi

    Abhishek's 6 days trip to Kandy

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    FAQ's of Kandy

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    Is the garden accessible on Sundays?

    The Royal Botanical Gardens are open on Sundays too. The gardens remain closed only on Fridays.

    Can tourists buy orchids from the garden?

    Tourists cannot pluck the orchids from the garden but you can purchase these rare flowers from the shops outside the garden.

    Do ID Cards need to be shown at the entrance?

    They may not ask you to show your ID card every time you visit the gardens. However, you may be asked to show your ID card as a surprise check, so, always keep them handy whenever traveling to any part in Sri Lanka.

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