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Popham's Arboretum, Dambulla Overview

The Popham's Arboretum was founded and funded by Sam Popham in 1963. It is a botanical garden with different variants of trees and wildlife, coexisting, in their natural environments. It is located in the town of Dambulla, built initially been on seven and a half acres of jungle, then further extended up to 27 acres. The highlight of the Arboretum is the Night Safari, where tourists get to walk on the trail of the rare Slender Loris. The Arboretum is a favourite amongst nature lovers, and a must visit.

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An Arboretum is known for the plant life present in it. The Popham's Arboretum has many prominent plant species of semi-evergreen type, like Margosa, Tamarind, Ceylon Iron Wood, Ebony, etc.


The Arboretum hosts several species of birds like the Jungle Fowl, Parakeets, Robins, Flycatchers, etc. Apart from this, you can also spot wild boars, porcupines, deer, etc.

Entry Fees

Although there's no set entrance fee for this place, you are required to donate at the entrance.


Popham's Arboretum is in Dambulla, about two miles away from the Dambulla Caves.

How To Reach Popham's Arboretum

The best way to reach the Arboretum is to take a bus from Sigiriya to Dambulla and take a tuk-tuk from there to the Arboretum.

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