Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
Kandy Sri Lanka
The last capital of Sri Lanka “Kandy”

Also known as Mahanuwara is a prominent city in the central province of Sri Lanka. Looking into its past, It was ruled by Sinhalese Buddhist and Nayak Kings and then taken over by the British. It is also a part of the central hill country which explains its cool climate.

At present it is known as a city with a rich history, culture and a diverse range of things to do and see. The heart of the city lies in its scenic Kandy lake and also houses the world-famous Temple of the Tooth, one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world, which was built to protect the sacred tooth relic thought to belong to Lord Buddha. With a myriad of attractions, make sure to include the below attractions in your Sri Lanka itinerary to experience the best out of the old Kandy Kingdom.

Top Attractions in Kandy

Temple of the Tooth Relic Temple of the Tooth Relic

This is a historical place for Buddhists. It is a grand building which was built to house an actual tooth relic of Lord Buddha. There are also museums worth a visit full of historic items like antiques, old coins and old Perahera items like the taxidermy elephants most notably “raja atha”.

Bhahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue Bhahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

The statue is located high up on a hill. At the end of the winding road, you are greeted by the gigantic white statue and the view of the Kandy city from this place are stunning.

Pinnavala Elephant Orphanage Pinnavala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.

Ranveli Spice Garden Ranveli Spice Garden

A peaceful shady garden full of indigenous Sri Lankan Spices and Herbs. It is a great educational experience because you get to taste some of the fruits and spices and know a lot about them.

Gadaladeniya Rock Temple Gadaladeniya Rock Temple

Built on a huge rock with lotus pools made into the rock. It features a several shrines, beautifully made statues and a giant bi lingual stone tablet made in the 17th century.

Embekke Devalaya Embekke Devalaya

It is a prime example for the wood carving skill of the ancient Sri Lankan. The pillars and the roof are completely wooden and it has been intricately cared to depict flowers, humanoid figures and gods.

Pallekele Grounds Pallekele Grounds

An Iconic test ground with all the facilities you would expect in an international cricket test ground. Matches against England, India, Pakistan and many other countries have been played in this stadium.

Lanka Thilaka Viharaya Lanka Thilaka Viharaya

This is a Buddhist temple and renowned for its architecture and historic importance. Ruins of some small buildings and stone tablets can be seen scattered around the site. Since this temple is situated on hill, a great view of the beautiful paddy fields below can be seen.

Udawatte Kale Sanctuary Udawatte Kale Sanctuary

A nice quiet place for a hike. Wild animals like Wild deer, wild boar, Jungle fowls, hornbills and some other seasonal birds can be seen. Ask for a map and happy hiking for you but Watch out for the LEECHES!

National Tea Museum National Tea Museum

This place is in Hanthana Kandy with a collection of historical artifacts related to the history of tea industry of Sri Lanka. The building was said to be built by James Taylor and Thomas Lipton in the 1860’s but now has been restored and modernized.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

A well maintained botanical garden which features tons of plant species which are local and foreign. Tons of space to walk around and play also you can book a golf cart for a tour around the whole botanical garden. It is famous for its orchid collection.

Alagalla Mountain Range Alagalla Mountain Range

It’s also known as potato range duet the resemblance in shape. It is a great hiking experience of about 5 hours with great viewpoints throughout the journey. There is also a beat up temple along the way to the top.

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