The Royal Botanical Gardens, commonly known as ‘Peradeniya Gardens’ is probably the most popular garden in the country. It covers 147 acres and is said to attract close to 2 million visitors every year. It is a glorious expanse of well-kept trees, flowers and pathways, some of which are centuries old. While officially established under the British colonial government in 1843, the history of the park goes back to the 14th century and is tied to the Kandyan Kingdom.¬†

Everywhere you go are beautiful bushes, trees (up to 4000 species of them) and well cut grass, so there’s no need to bother about the map really. Just wander through and find a nice space beneath a large tree, by a bamboo forest, by the lake, or take a walk down the suspension bridge.