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Royal Botanical Gardens

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Address: Peradeniya Road, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka
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+94 81 2 388088
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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US$45.00*
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Private Full-Day Tour of Kandy Sights Including Kandy Cultural Dance Show
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Luther Burbank would be proud

Trees and plants from all countries around the world, donated for this garden to represent their government. There are also beautiful orchids from around the world. There is a... read more

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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a very pleasant stroll through the gardens here. The site is quite large and you can spend a good hour walking along the paths and absorbing the bird sounds. Aside from the good orchid garden that contains lots of lovely colourful and rare orchids, there isn't really much to distinguish these gardens. There are themes to specific areas but... More 

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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Trees and plants from all countries around the world, donated for this garden to represent their government. There are also beautiful orchids from around the world. There is a lovely place to eat and to enjoy their buffet.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The park is well maintained with many varieties of plants and trees, however our visit was the wrong time of the year. Many of the flowers were not in bloom, so there was not as much to see.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fantastic garden , had excellent collection of different type of plants. It has an orchid collection but i found that average, Overall this garden is worth a visit. To cover whole garden at least 2 hours are required . If some one is going to this garden with small kids then it is better to take a stroller as kids... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must see in Kandy, alone worth the trip. Beautifully arranged botanical garden set in a suburb of Kandy you will see the astonishing bamboo gardens, the avenues with imposing trees, the beautiful lawns and flowers. One of the best botanical gardens I have seen, with good descriptions , facilities and impeccably mantained.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic experience in paying "white people tax" to see an average park. First of all we qued in the tourist ticket que to pay the "bargain" amount of 1500 rupees each to see a few trees. We then found some cows- one of the park workers clearly thought we were incompetent and couldn't see them, so showed us them?!?!... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good place for a day picnic. Carry your food and enjoy a sunny or cloudy day walk in the park. Nice place for pictures too.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was visiting the gardens after about 20 years. It did not live up to my expectations and memories. Requires more effective TLC.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a local the entrance fee is negligible. 2& 1/2 hrs at a leisurely pace with a picnic stop and we didn't even cover half. the diversity is amazing, Grass to Bamboo, Orchids to palms. Ancient giants to pygmy bushes... Could be better maintained, but would require an army! Easily accessible by public transport, 15 min out of Kandy by... More 

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There are many features that make this botanical garden stand out from others: the trees planted at the circle by international dignitaries and royalty; the orchid collection; the bats in the trees and the map of Sri Lanka made out of water and plants. Take the bus ... it's worth it.

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