There are many things to see in Kandy, amongst which the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is an absolute must. Tracing its origins back to 1843, these delightful gardens were established by British Colonialist rulers back when the Kingdom of Kandy was under their control. With its long and proud history, entwined with colonialism as well as industrial change, the garden is regarded as a prominent national asset for the island of Sri Lanka.
Home to over 4000 species of plants including an extensive collection of colourful orchids, medicinal plants, spices, palm trees and more, these gardens annually attract nearly 2 million visitors. Greatly contributing towards aspects such as floriculture, butterfly and birdlife conservation and also concentrating on the sustainability and biodiversity of the island, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is truly a paradise of tropical greenery, with an abundance of bamboos, lianas and lofty trees to wander amongst.
On entering the beautiful city of Kandy, the sight of the gardens is bound to lure you in for a leisurely experience meandering through its exquisitely landscaped grounds.