Peradeniya botanical garden
6 Kilometers away from the Kandy Colombo road you can find the place where you dreamed of exploring the beauty of nature with mental relaxation. In the heart of Kandy hills once it was the leisure garden of Kandyan queen which is absolutely a paradise of tropical greenery and exclusively for Kandyan Royalty. Spanning 150 acres with more than 4000 species of plants including variety of orchids, medical plants, spices, palm trees, it is the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka.
According to the history records Royal botanic Garden origin goes back to 1371 when King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne and kept court at peradeniya near Mahali River (great Sandy River) which is the longest river in Sri Lanka. In 1821 Alexandar moon formed the ground work of botanical garden and garden formally established in 1843.
Adding more colour and value to hill country royal botanical garden is always attracted by lots of locals and foreigners due to its historical value and the warm welcome by Nature. One of the significant place to visit in Royal botanical garden is the “Classical Avenue of palms” where you can find the Cannonball tree planted by King George V of the United Kingdom and Queen Mary in 1901. Not only that history proves that Royal Botanical Garden was the “Headquarters of the South east Asia Command” by Lord Louis Mountbatten during the Second World war.
Today it welcome nature lovers all over the world to explore its natural beauty by providing summer huts, pavilions, seats and restaurants to enjoy with fullest happiness.
If you want to discover exotic spices you should visit the “Spice Garden” situated right of entrance. The suspension bridge across the river mahaweli will take you to “The school of tropical agriculture” at Gannoruwa Hils, where research is carried out.
No visit to Royal botanical garden of peradeniya will incomplete your Kandyan gateway. A great place to enjoy, discover bio diversity, enhance your knowledge of expertise in conservation, floriculture and sustainability.