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Kandy, The beautiful city of the Hill country is located 465 meters above sea level and 115km from Colombo. Popular for the Temple of the Tooth and several other temples, it has been nicknamed as the cultural capital of the island. Kandy is the last royal capital and ended in 1815 and one of its largest cities too. it is surrounded by hills, tropical vegetation and is located inside a broad circle of a river known as the Mahaweli river. The city is also home to the famous Esala Perehera ceremony that holds annually in August or July, the home of renowned Sri Maligawa Buddha and the tooth relic can be found in one of the temples. The awesome environment of the mountains is a relief after the hot atmosphere of the lowlands, and the charming Kandy Pond and the drives around it are set among great picturesque elegance. Things to Do in Kandy 

Kandy was the last stronghold of the Kandyan rulers against international power, having held them for almost 300 decades. The two main Buddhist temples are structured here and made up the last hub of the Buddhist faith during the colonial times. Much of the town’s attraction can be discovered in the disorderly arrangement of its little shops. The industrial town is also the cost- effective focus of the encompassing tea-producing highlands. Rich in history and tradition, Kandy performs a role to countless folks who come to pay respect to the sacred Tooth Relic, as it is taken in procession around the town, in an amazing casket made of gold and placed on the wide back of the Temple elephant. The procession consists of whip crackers, torchbearers, drummers, dancers and elephants. This century old and wonderful procession is one of the earliest and most amazing pageants in all of Asia. Things to Do in Kandy

Temple of the Tooth (sri dalada maligawa)
Temple of the Tooth, also popular as Sri Dalada Maligawa is a famous Buddhist temple located in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. The temple lies in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which contains the sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Over the years, the tooth relic played a role in local politics, as it is considered that the person who has the relic holds the governance of the country. The temple occupies a pride of place in the history of the city of Kandy. Daily worship takes place in the inner chamber of the temple conducted by Bhikkhus of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya.
Kandy Lake
is a man-made lake created by Sri Wickrama Rajasinha, who was the last ruler of the kingdom of Kandy in the year 1807 . During the construction of the lake, some of the local chiefs protested about their people working on the lake and were put to death. One of the best ways to spend some leisure time in Kandy is enjoying a leisurely stroll in the lake. The area surrounding the lake is beautiful and worth spending some time.
National Museum Kandy
It was called Palle Vahala – the palace where the Queens of the Kings lived. It was opened to public as Kandy National Museum in 1942. The museum houses various artifacts depicting the history and culture of Kandy and of the British era Sri Lanka. The artifacts include tools, weapons, handicrafts and jewelries. The National Museum of Kandy has on display a copy of the 1815 agreement that handed over the Kandyan provinces to British colonists.
Ceylon Tea Museum

is an essential stop when on any Sri Lankan tour. This museum occupies the 1925-vintage Hantane Tea Factory. It was left abandoned for many years and then was refurbished by the Sri Lanka Tea Board. While touring this tea museum, you will find exhibits on tea pioneers and guides on how the plantations are being done. The museum gives an insight into the entire process and must not be left unexplored.

Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
is located in a hilly in the city of Kandy. The monastery was created in the year 1972 by Ampitiye Dammarama Thero. The big Buddha statue inside the monastery is worth a visit and surely deserves a visit. The view of the surroundings from this monastery is surely going to make you gape in awe. Spending some peaceful time in this monastery is a great idea. You can hire a tuk tuk to reach the monastery in no time.
Kandy View Point
To enjoy a sensational view of the entire city, pay a visit to the Kandy View Point . You need to walk or ride a bike to reach this view point . This viewpoint offers a sensational view of the Kandy Lake, Temple of the Tooth, big Lord Buddha statue and the busy Kandy streets. The place is well-maintained and a definitely great spot to click some selfies. Spend some leisure time while soaking in the beauty of the nature.
Knuckles Mountain Range
is one of the most alluring and stunningly beautiful mountain range/forest areas in Sri Lanka. The whole mountain range extends up to about 155 square kilometers and is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. The mountain range has many mountain trails that are perfect for trekking and mountain biking. Some of the more famous trekking trails are the Mini World’s end trails in the west and east, Pitawala Pathena trail, Ash Cave trail, Nitre Cave trail, and Knuckles Summit trail.
Udawattekele Sanctuary
You can enjoy a walk in the well-maintained path or can indulge in cycling amidst lush greenery. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, this is the place for you to be. You will get a chance to sight a number of species of wild animals in this sanctuary. Make sure that you wear covered shoes while visiting this sanctuary. Also, read the visitors manual before visiting this sanctuary as there are many restrictions here.

Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Vihara

is a wonderful cave temple hidden away in Kandy’s outskirts. The temple was constructed in the 18th Century with the help of some obliging boulders. The ent ire cave is painted in murals that comprise some fine Kanyan era paintings depicting scenes from the tales of the previous lives of the Buddha. Also, there are some paintings depicting men with guns, which are inspired by the first guns to have arrived in Sri Lanka. There are many other paintings of Lord Buddha in the temple.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka, which is on the banks of the Mahaweli River and just 6km from Kandy, is one of the best and beautiful botanical gardens in Asia. The garden is among the finest tropical gardens in the world and is spread on a 147 acre land. The plants in the garden are grouped together and have different types of palms, bamboos, orchids, etc. The flowers are in bloom all year round in the garden which also contains the tallest bamboos in the world and the oldest tea plant in Sri Lanka.
THREE-TEMPLES LOOP
Among the many Kandyan-era temples that dot the area around Kandy, the Gadaladeniya, Lankatilaka and Embekke Devale temples are exceptional. These three temples date from the 14th century, when the Kandyan kingdom was in its early days. Possibly Gampola’s most legendary attraction, the Embekke, Lankatilaka and Galadeniya are a short distance from each other and sometimes referred to as the ‘three-temple loop’. The temples serve living testimony to Sri Lanka’s Buddhist heritage, history and exceptional craftsmanship. Each temple holds a considerable amount of historical information of the ancient kingdom’s era, carved mostly in stone.
Do some shopping in the Kandy City Center
This city center in Kandy is a 10-storied complex. After 12 years of construction, the city center was opened in 2005. Now, you can do some shopping in this city center since the complex offers a wide variety of shopping options. Plus, this city center is the only shopping complex in the entire city of Kandy.
The Spice Garden
Kandy is renowned for lots of spice garden. You will see different spices and plants such as – cinnamon, alo-evera, etc. In short, the spice gardens are quite interesting and you will definitely enjoy watching them.
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