This captivating itinerary takes in the central heartland of Sri Lanka. From the ancient cities to the tea growing region and from Kandy to Colombo, this shorter itinerary is ideal for those limited on time.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Imagine 60 hectares of beautifully maintained lawns, stunning exotic flowers, towering royal palms, a jaw-dropping javan fig tree and you have the superb Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Located in the central province, these gardens are Sri Lanka’s finest and largest, attracting over 2 million visitors a year. In days past, entrance to the grounds was exclusive to Kandyan royalty, but today the gates are open for all. The gardens were originally formed in the 1820s by Alexander Moon who used the land to grow cinnamon and coffee plants. In 1843 however the land was formally established as a botanical garden, gathering plant species from other gardens all over the world (including Kew Gardens, Slave Island and Kalutara Garden).
The wealth of flora here makes Peradeniya a haven for nature enthusiasts, boasting over 4,000 species of plants. On the list are gorgeous palm trees, intriguing medicinal plants and a captivating spice garden, but perhaps most famous is the stunning collection of orchids. Here you will find orchids of every shape, size and colour – from a light sunshine yellow to a gorgeous deep red. Another plant popular with visitors is the giant javan fig tree; this impressive tree spreads over 2,500m2 on the great lawn – you can’t miss it!
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