As the oldest formal gardens in Sri Lanka, the Royal Botanical Gardens attracts millions of tourists and locals alike, annually. Dating back to the year 1371, the garden spans 60 hectares and is of breathtaking beauty in every corner. Located in Peradeniya, a Kandy suburb located to the west of the city, the gardens boast 4000 species of plants. The focal points of the gardens are the spectacular orchids collection, the royal palm trees and the extraordinary amass of Sri Lankan, Asian and International foliage.
During the time of establishment, plants from Slave Island Colombo, Kalutara Garden, and Kew Garden in London were brought in. Under George Gardner as superintendent, the gardens were expanded. Residence of a Kandyan Prince during the 18th century, the gardens were also used as the Allied Forces Headquarters for the Asian region during the Second World War. Marvel at the range of flaura and fauna as you walk through the spectacular lawns and pavilions, which usually takes two-three hours, with every section consisting of lush trees and tropical colours.