Kebun Raya Bogor or the Bogor Botanical Gardens are an excellent and reasonably well maintained botanic gardens in Bogor, an hour south of Jakarta housing more than 15,000 species of plants and trees, including the disgustingly smelly and large Amorphophallus titanum, Rafflesia arnoldii and Rafflesia padma. They cover an extensive 80 hectares or so and have a number of smaller gardens within. Established by the Dutch East India Company in 1744 but officially opened in 1817 as the National Botanical Gardens it is apparently located on a site that was once a samida (human made forest) built during the Sunda Kingdom at the turn of the 16th Century.
The gardens house an orchid collection, a lily pond, the Teysmann Garden, which is a formal garden in the neatly maintained symmetrical European style and the Bogor Zoological Musuem.
Perfect for to bring a class of students here to discover the wonder of botany! They are also perfect for bird watching having around 40 species of birds and bats that have also made this place their homes.
I don’t recall the entry price, but I’m sure it is very low. There are some ice-cream vendors inside and one or two cafes but the food options are minimal, so it’s best to bring your own! It gets very busy on weekends. Be warned though, parking nearby is tricky.
Address: Jalan Ir. Haji Juanda NO. 13, 16122, Indonesia