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“Well worth a visit”
Review of Popham's Arboretum

Popham's Arboretum
Ranked #4 of 24 things to do in Dambulla
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 December 2017 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 the busier, religious sites. You can ring ahead.

Thank Alex D
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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 a 1,5 hour walk to spot animals in the dark. We got to see loris, two types of deer, a wild cat, birds and frogs.

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

Thank you very much for your valuable review.

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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 place to visit when you are in Dambulla.

Many thanks!

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

Thank you very much for you kind review

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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 the tree tops. Amazing to see these tiny creatures. We were lucky enough to then see three more in another tree. We also saw a number of different insects, some bats and a civet cat. It was a great experience and comes highly recommended.

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

Thank you very mush for your great review .

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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 & 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.

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

thank you very much for your kind review

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