This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings. It is also the site of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), which is a famous pilgrimage site.
Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, a World Heritage Site sits pretty in a valley surrounded by rings of mountains. Right in the heart of the city centre of Kandy is the man-made lake called Kiri Muhuda (Sinhala: the sea of milk), the one and only decorative lake in Sri Lanka.
Kandy is home to a multitude of medieval Buddhist temples. Great Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant, the yearly grand homage-rainmaker celebration in the exposition of Tooth Relic of Buddha around the city is one great methodical riot of fire, light and sounds of fire play dancers, drummer dancers, dancers, drummers, piper dancers, pipers and caparisoned elephants.
Kandy is the transportation hub of the Central province; it is also the gateway to the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.
Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
The sacred Temple of Tooth is a world-renowned place of worship where the left canine tooth of the Lord Buddha is placed. The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is in the centre of the city and was originally built by the Kandyan Kings between 1687 and 1707, to house and honour the sacred tooth relic. ‘Maligawa’ (Palace) translates to the palace, and the temple is part of the palace complex. This holy place, which is venerated by local and foreign devotees every day, was named as a world heritage in 1988 by UNESCO.
The entire complex is over three centuries old at least and has seen many a king’s rise and fall. It has seen bloody wars and peaceful reigns and is one of the most historical places still standing on the island. The temple itself has badly damaged during the 18th century colonial wars against the Portuguese and Dutch, and the wooden structures were subsequently rebuilt using more robust stone.
Cultural dance show
The Kandy Lake Club Cultural Dance Show is a stimulating Sri Lankan Arts, Dance & Cultural Heritage Show that is a must-see for any visitor who visits the historic city of Kandy. The Kandy Lake Club Dance started in 1982 with the view of having a cultural dance performance bringing together all Sri Lankan dance types to one platform. It is the first Cultural Dance Show of its kind to be established in Sri Lanka. It has since become a tourist attraction for many people visiting the country and keen on a glimpse of its rich cultural heritage. Hence it has been performing continuously for the last 35 years.
Royal Botanical Garden
There are over 315,000 plant species around the world. Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya is the oldest formal gardens in Sri Lanka. It is located 460 meters above the mean sea level about 5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Situated in Kandy’s suburb of Peradeniya, the spectacular Peradeniya Botanical Garden dates to 1371. Once enjoyed for pleasure by a Kandyan queen, this spectacular garden is enclosed on three sides by a large bend in the Mahaweli River. A Kandyan prince’s residence during the 18th Century, in the early 1800s the leafy green tangle became one of the greatest Botanical Gardens in the British Empire.
Udawatta Kele Rainforest
Udawattakele forest reserve is one of the best places for Bird watching on the island. Most of the resident birds in the region can be observed here.
Lankatilaka, in 18 km distance from Kandy by road, is the largest and most picturesque of the three so-called Western Temples. The main attraction is the most beautiful shrine room from the Kandy period, with various excellent paintings from the 18th century.
It is one of the largest rock temples in Sri Lanka. It was built in 1344 by King Buvanekabahu IV. The temple was built by a South Indian architect, Ganesvarachchari and hence has a South Indian touch in its design.
In the Udu Nuwara area of the Kandy district lies a temple with a history of over six centuries. Built by King Vikramabahu III of Gampola Era (1357 A.D. to 1374 A.D.), the Embekka Devalaya is a place of unique beauty in Kandy. The temple which is dedicated to the Kataragama deviyo consists of three sections namely, the “Sanctum of Garagha”, the “Dancing Hall” and the “Drummers’ Hall”.The woodwork is confirmed by UNESCO as some of the best and most detailed in the world.
Kandy Lake, also known as Sea of Milk (Kiri Muhuda), is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy. It was built by Sri Wickrama Rajasingha, the last ruler of the kingdom of Kandy.
Victoria Golf Course
It is located alongside the Victoria lake and Reservoir/dam and is dwarfed by the Kandyan Mountain Range with the knuckles Mountains for a backdrop.
The Highlight is the golf course which is a Donald Steel creation and it is an 18 Hole, 6946 yards, Par 73 layout that was built in 1997.
Bogambara Prison was a maximum-security prison and the second largest prison in the country after Welikada Prison in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After operating for 138 years, the prison was closed on 1 January 2014, and the inmates were transferred to the new Dumbara prison complex in Pallekele. In 2019, the government declared the prison site would become a cultural tourism centre, the Bogambara Cultural Park.