Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is a 147 acre – natural elegance holding landscaped gardens and scenic beauty, making it a photographers dream. The garden has species of floral representations from all over the world that boast of tropical trees and shrubs. Trees were also planted by the great world icons to commemorate their visit to Sri Lanka and Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya. Her Highness Queen Elizabeth II, Marshal Tito – PM OF Bhutan and Yuri Gagarin have stepped foot on this creation.
It is near the Mahaweli River (the longest in Sri Lanka) and renowned for its collection of orchids. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.
If you are traveling by a tuk tuk (three-wheeler), it takes around 15-20 minutes from Kandy city and the fare should cost about LKR 500. The cost of entrance price ticket is around LKR1500-2000. The visitors must go through the security checking before entering the garden. The garden is very beautiful and huge space with towering majestic ancient trees. The visitors must see the beautiful Orchid House, Royal Palm Avenue, Suspension Bridge, Giant Bamboo, Fernery, and Spice Garden, Cacti and the Arboretum and the Sri Lankan shaped pond. There are variety of flowers and trees. Each and every plant has a name indication. There are clean public toilets, cafes and a good souvenir shop. The cafe that serves superb home-cooked cuisine which makes visiting the gardens, a treat to the eyes and belly! Visitors have the ability to go on a picnic taking their own prepared meal. If you are a foreigner, you can take a guide along with you or else you can ask for a map from the counter which helps to cover the whole garden. It takes approximately around 3-4 hours to cover the whole garden and this depends of the speed you walk. Further, there are availabilities for mini buses, as you can get in and get off in whatever stops you want inside the garden.
The Royal Botanical Garden is worth visiting as it has a history of more than 100 years.