If you were to choose the most beautiful destinations in Sri Lanka, will Kandy be the first that comes to your mind? Well, it should be, the central city is a gleaming paradise cushioned by elegance, history, heritage and beauty. Just like a fascinating view from a mountain top, as you head up to Kandy, you enter a whole new level of beauty.
These are few of the places in Kandy that attracts travellers from every corner of the world.
Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
The famous Dalada Maligawa, also known as the temple of the tooth, is where the precious tooth relic of Lord Buddha is preserved. Apart from that, the Dalada Maligawa holds a rich history which is attached to the British colonial times of Sri Lanka. The palace is close by to Bogambara Lake, which also possesses a scarred history related to the final king of Sri Lanka.
Also just adjacent is the ‘Raja Museum’ as a tribute to the great elephant ‘Raja’, its body has been preserved displayed here, along with photographs of its life here at Dalada Maligawa. A fitting to tribute to a legendary service he rendered. Check out the stories while you’re there.
Ceylon Tea Museum
The sparkling connection between Tea and Ceylon have been inseparable since tea was introduced to Sri Lanka. This fascinating museum is located in the central Kandy, and visited by many tea lovers. The museum has exhibits of James Taylor and Thomas Lipton, the great tea pioneers.
The best part is, at the end of a tea tour, visitors are treated with an aromatic boosting cuppa.
This Historic forest reserve is located in the hill side Kandy, fairly close by to Dalada Maligawa. It’s famous for Bird watching and tropical huge roofing trees. The forest is roamed around by sassy monkeys so watch out when feeding them.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Located half a km from Kandy, Peradeniya is said to be the biggest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. It is home to over 4000 species of plants. With its vast variety of exotic flowers, medicinal plants, trees and beauty, it is the perfect place for photography and relaxation or try you meditation techniques here.
Kandy Esala Perahera
If you are visiting Kandy around July/August, Kandy perehara is a must to be seen. The event is the grandest festival for Buddhist devotees. This celebration includes traditional dancers, whip crackers, fire breathers and elephants. Make sure to witness this extraordinary colorful perehara while in Kandy.
Gadoladeniya temple (The Rock Temple)
History and architecture lovers out there? This is the ideal place. Built by rocks, this historic temple is an advanced architectural masterpiece. It is visited by tourists from all over the world, remember to visit this temple on your tour to Kandy.
Kandy is surely the heart of culture in Sri Lanka, it is only fair to say that Kandyans have preserved their culture for generations despite the foreign occupancy and influences. There are a few spots that host this show every evening for the benefit of locals and tourists and very modestly priced. You could see a lot of dancing in native/ cultural costumes and very unique styles of dancing – you could even call it a tribal dance
The dreamy Knuckles mountain range is one of the most famous destinations in the central Sri Lanka. It’s surrounding of beautiful misty waters and lush tea plantations lure in nature lovers from all over the world. You will find many short treks within the range that will leave you mesmerized.
After exploring Kandy, head towards Nuwara Eliya or Bandarawela, the beauties over there are just as unimaginably beautiful.
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