Distance from Sigiriya – 20.3 km (30 minutes)
Popham’s Arboretum is Sri Lanka’s only preserved Arboretum in the dry zone and is situated in Dambulla. The Arboretum consists of trees and shrubs which are conserved and grown for studies and researches and is usually visited by many university students as well as school students. Popham’s Arboretum was started in 1963 by the famous British planter, F.H Sam Popham.
Popham’s Arboretum includes Ebony, Burutha, Tamarind, Helamba, Palu and Weera trees. Visitors can enjoy a bath in the stream or be entertained by camp nights in the jungle.
Getting to Popham’s Arboretum
From Sigiriya take the Sigiriya Road and go past Kimbissa up until you reach Inamaluwa. From Inamaluwa take the Kandy Road until Dambulla. From Dambulla take the Kandalama Road and travel about 1 km to reach Popham’s Arboretum.