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Popham's Arboretum

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Address: Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 77 726 7951
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The IFS-Popham Arboretum, Sri Lanka's only dry zone arboretum was...

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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Stayed overnight when passing through Dambulla. THe place is basic but clean. Complete value for money though as charge is just for Room. Meals can be arranged from places nearby... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Stayed overnight when passing through Dambulla. THe place is basic but clean. Complete value for money though as charge is just for Room. Meals can be arranged from places nearby. The caretaker was very helpful, and we managed to see three Slender Loris. In the morning time there are lots of birds that fly through. Place has unique and rustic... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is such a quaint little place part of a tree sanctuary where they are planting new trees all the time. The facilities are average but you're there more for what is outside your room rather than what is inside. The location is interesting and close to quite a few sites such as Dambulla Cave Temples and Minneriya National Park.... More 

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Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We visit their and at the time of our visit only a helper is there He was helpful but not a good guide. So If you wants to visit please made a arrangement for guide. It's like worth of going a big land with so many plants and trees . If you get good explanation I think it's worth .... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Dropped by Sam Popham Arboretum, Sri Lanka last weekend. Filled the vehicle with sapling...excellent selection. Got some hard-to-find Gal siyambala, Weera, Kora Kaha, Burutha, Kaha Pethan, Bata Kirilla as well as the more popular Ehala, Welang, Hal milla... See you next time!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I visited in September 2016 with some friends from the Colombo area. We had a great time. The manager was very friendly, and took us on a few hikes through the arboretum. My favorite was a nighttime safari, during which I spotted a loris! Definitely a high point of my trip. Yes, the facilities are rustic, but that's the point!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We visited Popham's Arboretum just as the sun was setting. We were shown by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide two colonies of bats, the Leaf Eared and then Fake Vampire. Then we headed into the forest once it was dark, with red filters over our torches so as not to disturb the Lorises. I don't know lots about these little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Surprising spot which we found in our travel pocket...24/7 open to visit. The very friendly guide gave us a nice tour over the property and was highly motivated to tell the story of this forest and the specials in it... We enjoyed the almost 2 hour tour...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

A wonderful afternoon in a wonderful place. The manager introduced us into this magical oasis, he guided us through this natural forest in the most nicely way. You learn a lot of interesting things about the history of the country and its nature. We recommend you to go with time to meet this lovely place, one of the best attractions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I enjoyed the 2 hours I spent here walking through the forest with the friendly and extremely knowledgable manager learning about the local flora and fauna. It was especially interesting to learn the medicinal uses for a lot of the plants. After going to a lot of overpriced tourist destinations, it was very refreshing to visit the arboretum. An added... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

A wonderful place with an excellent volunteer guide but not what I was expecting. The designated routes are not always easy to follow 'the monkeys turn the signs round', access across streams is not easy but well worth visiting. An interesting history and hopefully a future of doing important conservation work. Fun place for children to explore.

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