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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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Wonderful trail, mandatory donation.

We had read wonderful reviews about this place and decided to check it out one rainy afternoon. Mr... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
BattieO
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A Haven From The Heat

It is a wonderful place to relax and cool down after the arduous climb to the rock paintings and... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Joy B
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“slender loris” (17 reviews)
“night walk” (6 reviews)
“mouse deer” (5 reviews)
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Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 726 7951
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We had read wonderful reviews about this place and decided to check it out one rainy afternoon. Mr. Jayantha Amarsinghe provided us with some insights into the history and purpose of the place. We took the yellow trail which took us 2 hours to complete....More

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

It is a wonderful place to relax and cool down after the arduous climb to the rock paintings and the temple. Take a picnic and enjoy the peace.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Popham's Arboretum is a very peaceful and beautiful place! We spent a night in one of the rooms. Simple but clean! We got some tea when we arrived and could observe some Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl! We also walked one of the very nice and...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We arrived early afternoon and were greeted by Mr J Amarasinghe, the curator of the arboretum. He is an encyclopedia of knowledge about the plants and animals within this green and quiet haven. He gave us samples of leaves to taste or smell, and explained...More

3  Thank nyccouple2015
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We spent an hour wandering the nature trail, viewing the birds and butterflies on the trail. In some of the outbuildings there are also several species of bats to view, including false vampire bats! We visited in the afternoon, but the best time to visit...More

1  Thank Matt W
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Popham's Arboretum is a marvellous place to visit if you like proper nature and not packaged stuff more akin to a zoo or wildlife park. The staff are few but dedicated and because it has quiet times they are happy to engage at length with...More

2  Thank Roger N
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

My partner and I spent a couple of hours at the Arboretum although could have spent longer. The manager Mr Jayantha Amerasinghe took us on a walk through the site and provided us with fascinating information about Popham, the site, history, plants and wildlife. If...More

2  Thank paul b
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Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2017

thank you very much

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Reviewed 19 January 2017

I only visited for an evening but could easily have stayed a few days. There is a lot of wildlife in a small area here, including some very rare and unusual stuff. The site is run by the very helpful Mr Jayantha Amarasinghe who will...More

1  Thank Aniket S
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

We visited Popham's Arboretum for a very special two hours at dusk. Mr Jayantha, the manager, is a passionate and knowledgeable advocate for this unique conservation project. He generously made time to guide us around, showing us medicinal trees and shrubs, birds, bats, moths and...More

1  Thank Nel D
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

We made a stop at Sam Popham's Arboretum on our way to Habarana and we're so glad we included it in our itinerary. We started the trail at around 10 am and took around 1.5 hours to complete it. There are 4 different trails and...More

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Roger N
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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
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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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