The Botanical Garden in Peradeniya

Wow! I am all caught up on my photo processing! I’ve just uploaded my photos taken at the Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya to my Picasa website.

There are two “must see” sights for visitors to Kandy. They are the Temple of the Tooth and the Peradeniya Botanical Garden.

Orchids at the Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Orchids at the Peradeniya Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is 60 hectares (142 acres)  in area and is beautifully sited on a π radian (180 degree) loop of the longest river in Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli Ganga. It has a long history. The garden was originally the Royal Botanical Garden for the last Kandyan king, then was further developed by the British during the colonial era, and now is run by the government of Sri Lanka.

One of the strongest features of the garden is its collection of trees. However, I found it difficult to get good photos of the trees, so there are not too many represented among the pictures. One section of the garden, the furthest from the entrance, are a collection of trees that are the roosts for literally thousands of fruit bats during the day. The trees here are tall and it was difficult to get any photos recognizable as bats while shooting up at the dark colored bats against the bright sky in the background. So actually my best photos of bats were the ones I took along the shore of Kandy Lake, but maybe the pictures here give you an idea of the density of bats in residence. I briefly wondered if the bats were called fruit bats because they look like some kind of fruit hanging from the trees!

As we strolled along the path that parallels the river, we noticed quite a party going on in the river itself. A group of young people were crowded on a little island, dancing and listening to some lively music.

Other than that, there is not much to say except that there are a ton of very beautiful, well cared for species of  flora. Some of the most gorgeous are in the orchid greenhouse. All in all, a photographer’s delight.

I guess I had better go out and take some more pictures!




  1. February 20, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    […] for the photographer, the trees around Kandy Lake are not generally as tall as the trees in the Botanical Garden in Peradeniya and so I was barely able to get some pictures that are recognizable as bats. The […]

  2. Anna said,

    February 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I’m having the bat photo matted and framed.

  3. SHANNON Jackson said,

    February 22, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Maddy is taking the bat photo in for her term paper on Sri Lanka. It’s a keeper!

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