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Popham's Arboretum

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Address: Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
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+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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Fantastic place to visit if you are into wildlife

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Aniket S
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 show you some photos and tell you about the site, before leading you on a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 geckos. After dark, I was lucky indeed to see a slender loris, high up in... More 

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Ragama, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 we followed the one sign posted by the yellow tags. It was a beautiful walk... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the 7pm night tour for spotting slow loris. The usual owner of the arboretum was away on vacation, so we had a friendly chap who helped to cover duties, but who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about wildlife. The main guide was an elder who has been at the arboretum for more than 30 years. He searches for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a thoroughly interesting two hours with Jayantha, learning about the various indigenous trees and their uses, as well as learning something of the history of the arboretum. A real national treasure. This place is certainly worth a visit if you are interested in the natural world.

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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Sri Lanka
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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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