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Popham's Arboretum

Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
+94 77 726 7951
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Overprized

We went here based on the information in a few years old Rough Guide book that the entrance is 250... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Ondřej K
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Wonderful hidden treasure!

This delightful Arboretum is a wonderful place to cool down after climbing rocks to hillside... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
Vivian572013
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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%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 726 7951

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went here based on the information in a few years old Rough Guide book that the entrance is 250 Rs / person. However after we went in, we were asked for a "donation" of 1000 Rs / person. If it really is donation, then...More

Thank Ondřej K
Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to review us on TripAdvisor about your recent visit to the Arboretum. We regret if you had an unpleasant experience. However, Arboretum is a collection of trees and for people who understand, it is a treasure trove comprising of many...More

Reviewed 7 June 2017

This delightful Arboretum is a wonderful place to cool down after climbing rocks to hillside Temples and Fortresses in the area. One of those very special places born of the dedication of a few caring souls, the Arboretum is the result of one man's vision-...More

Thank Vivian572013
Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Vivian, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on your recent visit to the arboretum. It gives us great pleasure to read your honest feedback. We also would like to thank you for highly recommending us on TripAdvisor. We look forward...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017

Visited and stayed here last week. Quiet place, close to nature. Basic accommodation with fan in bedroom. Courteous staff. Good for bird watching and walking along the many trails observing trees and plants. Went on the night tour and saw the Slender Loris. Need to...More

Thank Srikumar S
Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Srikumar, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on your recent visit to the arboretum. It gives us great pleasure to read your honest feedback. We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 7 May 2017

The building at the arboretum was designed by Geoffrey Bawa Srilanka's famous architect. We went there late in the evening & saw false vampire bats, giant sqirrels & a nesting nightjar amongst others. We did the Loris walk & glimpsed one fleetingly Prasanna was there...More

Thank abey_12
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I always enjoy night tours because there is always an air of mystery when walking around a forest at night, with the potential of seeing wildlife not seen during the daylight hours. Pop ham's Arboretum didn't disappoint. The manager/tour guide was very accommodating, especially given...More

1  Thank Ryan M
Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Ryan, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on your recent visit to the arboretum. It gives us great pleasure to read your honest feedback. We also would like to thank you for highly recommending us on TripAdvisor. We look forward...More

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

Thank BattieO
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.

Thank Joy B
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

1  Thank Tiris23
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

2  Thank nyccouple2015
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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Roger N
8 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
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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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