Places to visit in Kandy

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By 2017-08-17

By Uwin Lugoda

Kandy is one of Sri Lanka's greatest treasures. This ancient city was the last capital of the kings of Sri Lanka, but in the recent years it has become one of the hottest tourist destinations in the entire country.

Nestled in the hills of the Kandy plateau, the city is surrounded by greenery and beautiful lakes. With so much history and beautiful landscapes, Kandy has become the best getaway for cold weather junkies.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Probably the most famous attraction in Kandy, the Sri Dalada Maligawa is a temple that is located in the palace complex of the last kingdom. The temple is said to hold the most important Buddhist relic in all of Sri Lanka, the tooth of the Buddha. While not on display, the golden casket the tooth is preserved in, can be observed during special occasions such as Pujas.

The temple isn't just known for the tooth however. It is an architectural phenomenon that has withstood the test of time, connecting us to our ancient kings and ancestors. The temple blends perfectly with the environment, almost as if it's a part of it.

Tourist and locals alike come from around the world to visit this magnificent historical palace. It's one of the must see places in all of Sri Lanka.

Peradeniya Gardens

Dating back to the time of King Wickramabahu the third, in the year 1371 Preadeniya Gardens is the most famous botanical garden in Sri Lanka. Filled with over 4000 species of plant life, the garden sees millions of visitors each year.

The beauty of this garden cannot be explained, it's truly a place that the soul connects with nature. It doesn't only contain flowering plants however, the garden houses a variety of medicinal plants and species of trees. It is also famous for its large collection of orchids.

The cold weather in the region combined with the regular rain fall makes this the perfect place to have a thriving botanical garden.

The garden is kept in pristine condition thanks to the efforts of the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.

Kandy Lake

This artificial lake sits in the heart of the Kandy City. Built in the 1807 by the last Sinhalese king of Kandy, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, the lake has become the main body of water for the region. The beautiful lake provides a beautiful panoramic view and people can jog or go for a stroll around the lake.

The best time to view the lake is during the early hours of the morning when the fog has just started to lift off the serene dark blue waters, however swimming in the lake is strictly prohibited.

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