Monday, 22nd December 2014

Letters

Grandeur of Peradeniya Gardens can create heavenly visions When one speaks of Peradeniya, one does not think of the village of that name, which is said to owe its origin to the fact that the locality was once over-run with guava (Pera) trees; just as many other place-names in Sri Lanka are traceable to the characteristic vegetation of the neighbourhood such as Dodangaslanda and Hikkaduwa. It is the botanical gardens, which have made Peradeniya world-famous, that one invariably thinks of. The story of the Peradeniya Gardens (also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya) began with the...