Discover the stunning Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, which were once reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. The oldest formal garden in Sri Lanka, it has more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees and is renowned for its collection of orchids and the long, palm framed pathways.
Why you will love it
· Take a guided walk through The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
· Learn of the garden's history and many stories.
· A highlight for many visitors including those who aren't botany lovers.
· See the international collection of delicate orchids and established trees and plants.
What you will experience
Take a guided tour of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens with a host, who is an expert on Botany and storytelling. Meander through the impressive grounds and take a leisurely walk in a circular fashion as your guide shares with you some interesting facts about the vegetation around. Even if you are not a fan of Botany, your guide’s quirks and little side stories will make the tour very interesting.
The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest and largest in Sri Lanka and was once reserved only for royalty. The gardens display over 4000 different species of plants, regarded amongst the most superior in Asia. The highlight is the spectacular Orchid collection and a mighty avenue of palm trees. Another big hit is the giant Javan fig tree on the great lawn, with its colossal central trunk and umbrella-like canopy of branches.
The National Herbarium of Sri Lanka – the leading institute for authentication of plants in Sri Lanka, is also located inside the Peradeniya Gardens. You'll share the gardens with thousands of wing-flapping fruit bats and hundreds of monkeys.