This heavenly garden is located 5km away from Kandy City and undoubtedly exhibits a spectacular diversity of plants and trees. Being the largest garden in Sri Lanka, this attracts enormous number of visitors daily and brings pride and grace to the city of Kandy.
The garden eternally possesses a mild and healing climate since it is bounded by the River Mahaweli, the longest river in Sri Lanka. Therefore this elegant place is ideal for relax, stretch your selves and rejuvenate your body with a breath of fresh air release by green surroundings. Guests should certainly spend extra time to stroll around and experience the beauty of the garden in detail.
This garden was formally established in 1843 under the reign of British government. The Garden covers 147 acres and showcases more than 4000 different species of plants, tropical trees, great lawns and fascinating palm avenues, namely Cook's Pine Avenue, Palmyra Palm Avenue, Double Coconut Avenue, and Royal Palm Avenue.
Royal Botanical garden is also renowned for wide variety of stunning Orchids at the Orchid house. Further you could traverse along the suspension bridge situated at the rear corner of the garden as well as the spice garden, fernery, bamboo plant house and popular cactus house.
The most popular and rare plant collection includes Monkey Pot Tree, Giant Bamboo trees, very old giant Java fig tree lawn at the heart of the great lawn covering 2500 sq. meters, the Cannonball tree and the Double Coconut Palm which produced the largest seed in the world that takes five years to reach its maturity.
Opposite to the great Lawn, the guests would notice a giant building named National Herbarium, the leading institution responsible for authenticating plants in Sri Lanka. Plant exploration, identification, specimen preparation, documentation and revision of floral wealth of the country are the key duties of it. This institution is world renowned for preserving endangered rare plants in the world.
As soon as you entered into this lush green park the best thing is to follow the directions given in the brochure before you get lost among gigantic trees.