Royal Botanical Garden Peradeniya
Lying beside the Kandy Colombo road sis kilometers west of the historic city of Kandy. The royal botanical gardens at Peradeniya occupies a horse shoe shaped peninsula and the scenic splendor of the garden has been raised to greater heights by the longest river if the Sri Lanka “Mahaweli” which flows through its fringes. This is the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka, spreading over an area of 147 acres (about 60 hectares) containing about 4500 plant species.
The royal botanical gardens Peradeniya is home to a large variety of ornamental plants and other creepers that are used to produce special spices in Sri Lanka. There is a flourishing growth of huge tropical trees along the lawns and the orchid house is a prime attraction if this garden. This contain more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids blooming in profusion. The medicinal plant garden sustains trees and plants used for the traditional Ayurveda medicine.
There are numerous other attractions within the gardens frequented by visitors such as the great lawn, spice garden, palm avenues, plant house and cacti, fernery, the lake, flower garden, flowering trees and the arboretum.