Points of Interest - Kandy

Royal Botanical Garden

Situated approximately 5.5kms from the Kandy city and houses over 10,000 plant species spread over 147 hectares. The park is renowned for its large number of Orchid varieties.

The garden was initially used as a court by king Wickramabahu followed by king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe and later King Wimala Dharma built a temple, which was eventually destroyed by the British army after the takeover and used as a coffee and cinnamon cultivation and as the headquarters of Lord Mountbatten during World War II.

The park is currently attracting about 2 million visitors annually, with its well-kept centuries old trees and ever blooming colorful flower beds, Octagon Conservatory, fernery, banks of Burmese, Chinese & Japanese bamboos & numerous flower borders with cannas, hibiscus, chrysanthemums, croton & colourful bougainvillaea and unusual exotic species, it is a spectacular sight to see.

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