Known as the largest garden in Sri Lanka the Royal Botanical Garden is located in Peradeniya. The garden is situated roughly 5.5 Km to the west of the cultural capital of Sri Lanka – The Kandy city. Spread over 147 acres of land; the garden is home a to over 4000 species of plants.
It is said that this magnificent garden was built in the 14th century and it was reserved for Kandyan royalty. During the reign of the British, the garden was formed by Alexander Moon in 1821, and it was first used to grow coffee and cinnamon plants. The garden was officially established with plants brought from all over the country in 1843. Then onwards the garden expanded along with the number plant species. Today there are over 4000 species of plants including spices, orchids, palm trees and medicinal plants.
The expansive and magnanimous park is a well-known tourist attraction and it receives around 2 million visitors annually. The park is well staffed and it is well maintained and being here and strolling through the park will be a wonderful and a worthwhile experience. Everywhere you go there are beautiful trees and ornate plants that will bring joy to your heart.
The Plant Species
Already been said that the park holds a large collection of plants, located at 460 meters above sea level and with a 200-day annual rainfall, the plant life here are well nourished and are placed in the ideal location with the perfect climatic condition for the tropical plants to thrive.
Getting here and accommodations
Reaching here is very easy and it’s roughly a 15-minute drive from the Kandy town and It’s a 15-minute walk from the Peradeniya railway station, if you are coming here from Colombo by train. There are many hotels and resorts in the city you can also stay at one of the holiday bungalows in Kandy like the exquisite Amaya bungalow.
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