This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815. It is also the site of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), which is a famous pilgrimage site.
You can travel easily to this sacred city by booking a seat on our mini bus to Kandy. Currently we have daily departure from Colombo, Negombo, Pinnawala, Sigiriya and Dambulla to Kandy. We provide transfers back to Colombo, Negombo and Pinnawala or you can take the legendary train ride to Ella. This is one of the most beautiful train rides in Sri Lanka and we highly recommend it. In case you would like a private car with driver please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. With us you do not have to worry about transportation in Sri Lanka. Book with ease here.
Here are our top 4 things to do in Kandy:
1. Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake is a dominating part of Kandy city, and you can’t miss it! The lake is charming and peaceful and is for many tourist the favorite part of the city.
The lake was created in 1807 by the last ruler of the kingdom of Kandy. The people initially objected to laboring on the lake project, but those who objected were ruthlessly put to death on stakes in the lake bed. So the lake has a bloody history.
In the middle of the lake is a small island used by the emperor’s personal harem. Later the British used it to store ammunition, and they were the ones who built the fortress style parapet around the area.
2. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
North of the Kandy Lake is the famous temple that houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha himself! The legend says that the sacred tooth of the Buddha was snatched from the Buddha’s funeral pyre in India in 483 BC. In the 4th century AD, it was hidden in the hair of a princess and smuggled into Sri Lanka.
The tooth has over the years been moved around Sri Lanka and was returned to India in 1283 by an invading army. It was then retrieved by the king of Sri Lanka and brought back to the country. It was believed that whoever had the custody of the tooth, had the right to rule the country.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was built by the Kandyan kings between 1687-1707 and 1747-1782 and was part of the royal palace.
3. Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue
This not only one of the biggest Buddha statues of Sri Lanka but also an incredible view point. If you climb up the stairs on the back of the statue you’ll have an even better panoramic view of the city.
4. Peradeniya Botanic Garden
Just outside of Kandy is the lovely Peradeniya Botanic Garden, who once were reserved exclusively for Kandyan Royalty. Today it is open to the public, it is the largest botanic garden in Sri Lanka, covering 60 hectares.
Here you will find a beautiful collection of orchids, cannonball trees, coconut palm trees, a spice garden, giant bamboo, rubber trees, as well as a stately avenue of royal palms that where planted in the 1950’s.
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