Botanical Gardens Peradeniya

The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens located 5 km west of Kandy city, is the largest in the country and is close to the longest river in Sri Lanka, known as the Mahaweli River. The Royal Botanical Gardens were created in 1371 after King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne and kept court at Peradeniya. The Gardens, one of the more popular attractions in Kandy, were believed to have once been reserved for the sole use of the Royal Family. The Peradeniya Gardens are home to approximately 4000 plant species– ranging from orchids to medicinal plants.