Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the finest of its kind in Asia, the largest of the botanical gardens of Sri Lanka, couldn’t be better located. In the Mediterranean climate of Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands, the Gardens, at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, were tightly bounded on three sides by a loop of River Mahaweli (Great sandy river), the largest river of Sri Lanka. The town of Peradeniya is located at a distance of 110km from Colombo and another 6km over the Peradeniya Birdge and you are at Kandy, home to the sacred Temple of Tooth.

The objectives of Royal Botanic Gardens:
• Carryout activities related to authentication, ethno botany and ex-situ conservation of plants
• Develop technologies related to exploitation of lesser known and under-utilized plants
• Management and development of Botanic Gardens, National Herbarium and allied units
• Disseminate information on plants and related subjects.
• Provide educational opportunities on plants to public, school children and others
• Development of floriculture and amenity horticulture

Royal Botanic Gardens at a glance
• Extent: 147 acres (59 hectares)
• Satellite Gardens : Medicinal Plants Gardens, Ganewaththa (23 ha, NW Province)
• Species under cultivation : Over 4000
• Annual visitor turnout: 1.2 million
• Finance & Administration : Department of National Botanic Gardens

Opening Hours 7.30 AM – 5.00 PM
Open 365 days
Cafe & Restaurant Open 10.00 AM -5.00 PM
Tel: +94 81 2388088, +9481 2388238, +9481 2388307

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