August 2, 2002 - Visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya
A very well maintained botanical gardens in the vicinity of Kandy.  It also was the site of where numerous local and Hollywood movies were shot.  In the fifties and sixties parts of several award winning movies were filmed in these gardens. Movies like The Bridge on the River Kwai, with (Sir) Alec Guinness and William Holden, and  The Elephant Walk with Ava Gardner, were two of the most popular. Recently the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with Harrison Ford, was also filmed in and around the gardens.
The oldest memorial trees to be seen here are a Ficus Religiosa or Bo tree planted by King Edward V11 far back in 1875, and a Na or Ceylon Ironwood tree planted by the Czar of Russia in 1891. Also seen among others are a Cannon Ball tree planted by King George V and Queen Mary in 1901 and a Ficus Krishnae or Gotu Na tree planted by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1954 and another planted by the Duke of Edinburgh.
During the second world war, the headquarters of the South East Asia Command under the Late Lord Louis Mountbatten as Supreme Allied Commander was sited at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya.
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