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Popham's Arboretum

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Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
+94 77 726 7951
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Well-spent couple of hours

Since we're nature enthusiasts, we really enjoyed this peaceful haven just outside of Dambulla... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kika K
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Opatija
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A really interesting tour.

This is an amazing place to visit. We had an excellent tour with the curator of this beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue P
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The IFS-Popham Arboretum, Sri Lanka's only dry zone arboretum was established over five decades ago on 7.5 acres of thorny scrub jungle and abandoned 'Chena' land in Dambulla which is in the geographical center of our island, where history and culture merge amidst a natural landscape of water and mountains. The arboretum is not only about trees. There and many species of Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Spiders and Mammals including Bats that can be seen within the premises.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
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“slender loris” (10 reviews)
“nature lovers” (4 reviews)
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Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 726 7951

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Since we're nature enthusiasts, we really enjoyed this peaceful haven just outside of Dambulla, mostly thanks to the knowledgeable and sweet curator who took the time to show us around the leafy property, filled with local flora. Shame we coudn't stay for the evening loris...More

Thank Kika K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing place to visit. We had an excellent tour with the curator of this beautiful woodland full of indigenous plants. The evening tours are well worth doing too for birdwatching. If you're in the Dambulla area, and have a couple of hours...More

Thank Sue P
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for your reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our guided tour around by Jayanth. His enthusiasm and commitment to maintaining and developing this indigenous woodland is impressive and inspiring. If you have any interest in horticulture its a must do and is a nice contrast to the more formal gardens in...More

Thank daredevil_12
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thank you very for your kind review

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Take the time to visit this indigenous woodland. An evening tour is recommended although we took ours during the day with the very knowledgable Jayantha who now runs it on behalf of Sam Popham. It’s a truly peaceful haven and makes an excellent break from...More

Thank Alex D
Reviewed 15 November 2017

We read about this place in our guidebook as a place worth visiting if your in Dambulla and it definitely was. We called to book an evening tour on the same day without problem. Our great guides Poorna Tharaka and Rathnasiri took us out on...More

Thank Elin T
Jayabuddhi, General Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Thank you very much for your valuable review.

Reviewed 8 November 2017

We was visiting night part of this garden/forest. Very interesting to found animals at night like that also the guide gave us an information we was interested in. A lot of different plants and trees. Also good for kids. Easy to get to.and realy nice...More

Thank Ілона С
Jayabuddhi, General Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you very much for you kind review

Reviewed 5 October 2017

We did the the night time walk to see the grey slender loris, and it was utterly magical. With two guides we walked through the arboretum, past sleeping butterflies and a dozing hornbill. The guides were brilliant, and soon spotted a pair of Loris in...More

Thank Chiara D
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you very mush for your great review .

Reviewed 24 September 2017

We went on the day tour AND the night tour and really enjoyed this glimpse into Sri Lankan nature and wildlife. Butterflies, insects, slender loris, bats, birds, snakes, mouse deer can all be seen in their natural habitats, as well as dozens of plants &...More

Thank 535ChrisS535
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

thank you very much for your kind review

Reviewed 6 September 2017

We had a very different evening in Sri Lanka as our guide walked us through the forest in the pitch black looking for night time creatures. The most elusive being the adorable Lorus which we all searched for and finally found ! Hearing about how...More

Thank DarrenMarlow
Reviewed 24 August 2017

This is the only dry zone arboretum in Sri Lanka, established over 50 years ago by a british sailor. Sadly he was educated at Eton and sadly like one of prime minister he separated himself from the Europe and settled there for a long time...More

Thank amiresteki
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Roger N
8 February 2017|
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Response from Jayabuddhi | Property representative |
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Roger N
7 February 2017|
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Response from chai0404 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is! :) There are two such places I can think of. One is the reception cum office area where there is plenty of reading material. The curator, Mr Amarasinghe will be more than happy to show her albums of the place... More
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Tengawa
9 December 2016|
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Response from Sam Popham Arbo... D | Property representative |
There is no set time for tours. During daytime you can come anytime and walk in the arboretum. The night tour is best anytime after 7pm. Please call the curator on +94 777 267 951 and make a reservation prior to coming.
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