Kapoors Year 4: The Med/India/Sri Lanka travel blog

The Huge Botanical Garden Is In A Small Community Outside Of Kandy,...

We Especially Enjoyed The Orchid House With Its Beautiful Blooms, Many That...

I Love The Colour Purple, So These Were A Favorite

This Almost Look Like A Weird Insect, But What A Contrast To...

These Lovely Leaves Created A Green Backdrop To All The Colourful Orchids,...

Outside The Orchid House Was An 'Orchid Tree', I Didn't Know There...

The Blooms Are Very Large, These Had Already Fallen On The Ground

Orange Is Another Favorite Colour, So I Had To Photograph These As...

Deeper Into The Garden, I Turned To Photograph The Shaped Trees And...

These Leaves Were Large And Very Dramatic, Contrasted With The Tiny White...

We Wandered Around The Spice Garden And Couldn't Believe These Cloves Growing...

Sri Lanka Has Long Been Known For The Cinnamon Tree, The Bark...

This Is A Nutmeg Tree, The Fruit Is Larger Than I Imagined...

I Discovered This Little Fern In The Fern Garden, It's Called A...

These Are 'Black Mangoes', I'm Not Sure Why They Are Called That,...

This Is A Calabash, I've Seen Them Dried And Carved, But Never...

A Cannonball Tree, For Obvious Reasons

Jackfruit: Anil And Adia Loved Seeing These Fruits, I Could Never Figure...

This Strange Fruit Looks Like A Lemon That's Already Been Cut In...

This Is The Only Kind Of Cannonball Tree We've Seen Before, This...

This Tree Is Called 'Physic Nut', I Thought I Was Married To...

This Is A Castor Oil Plant, Yucky

Much Better, Vanilla Bean Plant

Indigo, Used As A Fabric Dye

Tumeric, A Very Important Spice In Indian Cooking

This Is A Uniquely Shaped Palm Tree, So Many Stems Twisted Together

This Tree Seems To Provide Support For A Creepy Plant That Has...

This Is Called A 'Candle Tree', It Appears To Be Growing Hand-Dipped...

We Have Had Mahogany Furniture, But I Have Never Seen The Wood...

This Stately Row Of Palm Trees Provides For A Lovely Walk Towards...

This Is The Strangest Ficus Benjamina That I've Ever Seen, It Looks...

I Loved The Way These Orchids Were Clustered Together, They Could Almost...

This Tree Has Been Completely Eaten Away By Termites, They Have An...

This Massive Fig Tree Covers Over 2500 Square Meters, It's All One...

After All The Walking We Did, We Were Happy To See Transport...


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We’ve visited some beautiful botanical gardens in the past and we wanted to see how Kandy’s compared. Besides, when we read that there was a spice garden near the main entrance, we wanted to be sure to make a visit. It also seemed a great place to get some peace and quiet after our first day in Kandy spent strolling around the lake with roaring traffic passing to our right and then enduring the bustling streets of the city centre with the busy market nearby.

The spice garden surprised me because it was mostly filled with large trees, why ever did I think it would look a little like a vegetable garden, duh? It was wonderful to see green cloves still on the branches, nutmeg hanging from stems, the rusty-brown cinnamon bark exposed where someone had cut away the outside layers and the aromatic bay tree whose leaves we were informed are used to make bay rum. I wondered if these were the same leaves that we buy, dried, to use in making pickles and to flavour stews. The shape of the green leaves looked correct, but more research will be needed.

We visited the orchid garden and enjoyed the familiar blooms on display however I was thrilled to see a few varieties that I don’t remember seeing before. From there we wandered into the small flower garden, it was soon clear that flowers were not the main focus of this 60-hectare garden. Luckily, our Lonely Planet guidebook had a full-page map of the site and the major trees that are must-sees were all clearly marked. We spent the balance of the afternoon walking along the beautiful palm-lined paths seeking out the dramatic trees one by one.

We finished off our visit with a walk through the Medicinal Garden where most of the plants were ones we had never seen before either. Arrowroot, vanilla, castor-oil, turmeric and indigo, nothing looked at all like one would imagine. This part of the botanical garden was in the full sun, away from the shady paths we’d walked earlier and that blast of tropical heat finished us off for the day. We were happy to find a row of colourful tuk tuks waiting near the gate to take us to our guesthouse.

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