Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last and capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. Not only is it home to the country’s most holy relic, a tooth of Buddha, but the city also offers numerous wondrous attractions and sights, from tropical forests to tea plantations and spice gardens. In Sinhala, Kandy is called Maha Nuwara, meaning "Great City" or "Capital", although this is most often shortened to Kandy located in the mountainous and thickly forested interior of the island.
Things To Do
01 Temple of the Tooth Sri Dalada Maligawa
This temple is based in the royal palace of the Kingdom of Kandy. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is one of the most important shrines of Sri Lanka. Also named as Dalada Maligawa. The temple itself is located in the royal palace complex, which encompasses several temples and museums.
02 Dalada Maligawa Museum
This museum located in the upper two floors of the Aluth Maligawa Building and has a stunning array of gifts donated by several presidents and Buddhist leaders from across the world to the Temple of the Tooth.
03 Kandy Lake
This lake is located in next to the Temple of The Tooth and built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasingha in 1807. This lake is also known as Kiri muhuda or the sea of Milk. Several legends are connected to Kandy Lake and it is believed that the king installed a secret tunnel from its island to the palace. The extent of Kandy Lake is 6,544 sq. meters.
04 Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden
The Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya, is located just a few kilometers (5.5km) outside of the city of Kandy and near the Mahaweli River. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres at 460 meters above sea level.
05 Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue
This statue is about 88 feet in height and is one of the biggest Buddha statues in Sri Lanka. The Bahirawakanda Buddha Statue is located alongside the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple which is on the top of the Bahirawa Kanda hill. Visitors can climb to the top of the hill within an hour, and it offers panoramic views of Kandy and its surrounding area.
06 Commonwealth War Cemetery
This cemetery is maintained and served by the commonwealth war commission office, to commemorate the commonwealth of Nations military service members who died in the two World Wars.
07 Temple of the Gadaladenia
Located in Pilimathalawa and it is considered as one of the largest rock temple in Sri Lanka.
08 Tea Museum
Constructed in 1925 and located 4 km away from Kandy on the Hanthana Road. There are good exhibits on tea pioneers James Taylor and Thomas Lipton, and lots of vintage tea-processing paraphernalia.
09 Knuckles Mountain Range
Situated between Kandy and Mathale. It is one of the bio-diversity hot spots, a water catchment, and a wildlife reserve.
10 Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
This was established in 1975 for feeding and providing care and sanctuary to orphaned baby elephants that were found in the wild. It's a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants, which makes for a memorable experience.