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Popham's Arboretum

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

We had a very different evening in Sri Lanka as our guide walked us through the forest in the pitch... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DarrenMarlow
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Marlow, United Kingdom
Te IFS Popham Arboretum

This is the only dry zone arboretum in Sri Lanka, established over 50 years ago by a british... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
amiresteki
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London, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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Kandalama Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 726 7951

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very different evening in Sri Lanka as our guide walked us through the forest in the pitch black looking for night time creatures. The most elusive being the adorable Lorus which we all searched for and finally found ! Hearing about how...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the only dry zone arboretum in Sri Lanka, established over 50 years ago by a british sailor. Sadly he was educated at Eton and sadly like one of prime minister he separated himself from the Europe and settled there for a long time...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dedicating your life to nature,you will be always a winner.A great place to get a full idea of Sri Lanka's wildlife and beautiful plants it has.A well educated guide who has a huge amount of information and knowledge about nature,birds,animals and plants especially medical ones,...More

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Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

thank you for the kind review

Reviewed 15 August 2017

The Arboretum, is full of rare trees, an ancient ebony and a vast array of exotic birds, lizards, butterflys and of course the Grey Slender Loris (an endemic species, worthy of support). The knowledgeable staff are keen to show you around and explain the now...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

I would recommend the arboretum to anyone who is visiting! A true sanctuary for wildlife in Dambulla! In the day you will see many birds, reptiles, insects and primates! In the evening, I often saw ring-tiled civets, spotted deer, common palm civets and of course...More

Thank Meike S
Jayabuddhi, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

thank you

Reviewed 1 August 2017

It's not easy to get to this place, largely because it's known by a completely different name to locals (Suddage Waththe....which kinda translates as "white guy's place"). We did not manage to call ahead but fortunately the guy in charge was right there. He took...More

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Reviewed 16 June 2017 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

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2017

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

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Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

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 15 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

1  Thank Srikumar S
Sam Popham Arbo... D, Manager at Popham's Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

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

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Roger N
8 February 2017|
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7 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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