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Peredeniya Royal Botanical Gardens

Peredeniya, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Peredeniya
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 A trip to Kandy is not complete without a trip to the Peredeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. Developed in 1843 it has many prominent figures that have planted trees and walked down its path. Its beauty and resemblance to a classic English garden cannot be argued. It is a sprawling 147 acres and is 500 metres above sea level with the largest river in Sri Lanka the Mahaweli flowing through it. The gardens boast of many local and foreign plant species. It is noted that ten thousand plants and trees have made Peredeniya Royal Botanical Gardens their home.

The most famous places to visit while walking through these beautiful gardens are the Spice garden and the orchid house. The Spice garden is filled with exotic spices of cardamom, coves, pepper and vanilla. The orchid house has an exceptional collection of beautiful orchids. Another important part of the gardens is the Great Circle and Memorial Trees. This area is nearly four acres and contains a variety of trees that have been planted by notable people that have visited the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens such as Princess Henry of Prussia in 1899 who planted a flamboyante of Madagascar; King Edward VII planted a Bo tree. Ceylon Ironweed was planted by the Czar of Russia. There have also been many other members of European royalty who have planted trees. Other distinguished people are Indira Ghandi and Yuri Gagarin.
Walk through the sprawling well manicured lawns or the pavilions, visit the Octagon Conservatory. In addition you can also find Chinese & Japanese bamboos & numerous flower borders with cannas, hibiscus, chrysanthemums, croton & colorful bougainvillaea. These gardens are also home to exotic species such as the Palmyrah, talipot and royal cabbage. The gardens are also divided into special collections such as the Ebony collection, Fiscus collection, Cycad Collection, Flower garden, Medicinal Garden, Cactus house and Plant house. 
In addition to learning about its rich and diverse botany, it is a place where you can enjoy true beauty of fauna and flora in a designed setting. The garden ponds with its water lilies, the sheer greenery all enclosed in a cool climate transports you to a traditional English country garden 
 
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