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 & trees. It's a place of education and research and there is a respect for the natural environment here. We turned up on the day without booking anything and had the pleasure of meeting Poorna who became our guide. He is a bright, educated, and interesting young man who is studying horticulture and has a passion for the environment he lives in. He's a real credit to the arboretum- we certainly learned a lot from him!
Quick note - if you do the night tour expect to use a lot energy! You will be walking in the pitch black in the forest with only a few torches to light the way. It's exciting and memorable (especially as we saw three slender loris!), but be careful if you are tired or don't the like idea of walking in the woods in the dark.
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