Kandy - The
Hill Capital of Sri Lanka nestling among the misty hills in the central region
of this paradise island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the
world. It was here once the Sinhala kings ruled majestically. Next to Colombo,
it is also the most visited city in Sri Lanka . As the shrine holding the sacred
tooth relic of the lord Buddha is placed in the heart of the city, it's also the
most venerated city in Sri Lanka. Because of the history, pageantry and
veneration associated with this exquisite city, Kandy is classed as a World
Heritage City by UNESCO. Kandy is a reflection of the variety, harmony and
diversity of the people and cultures that make Sri Lanka a great nation. It was
once the capital of the Kandyan kingdom, the last bastion of resistance to the
colonial domination of the nation. This royal city fell to the British in 1815
sealing the fate of Sri Lanka's long cherished independence.
Kandy has a rich history. It was originally known as
Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. Many of Sinhalese
people call it Mahanuwara meaning the Great City. The name Kandy was derived by
the colonial rulers from the word Kanda in Sinhala, meaning a hill. Kandy was
the stronghold of the Sinhalese kings, who promoted and protected the local
culture until the city fell to the British in 1815.
Reasons to visit
We welcome you to the most exciting tourist attractions and travel destinations which are given below. We take into notice each and every details about recreation, entertainment, adventure and relaxation. By looking at the things to do in city one can see if that spot offers romance, family fun, sightseeing or adventure. Drill down into the tourist attractions below to find out more about each place and see how the local customs create a unique atmosphere.
The Temple of the Tooth
Also known as Dalda Maligawa, it is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the
world. Here, one of the Buddha's teeth is kept. The temple was built in the 17th
century. A golden canopy has been added recently. The main attraction of the
city and also the most sacred Buddhist establishment in Sri Lanka is where one
of Buddha's tooth is being kept. Built in the 16th century but improvements and
additions have been done to this structure until the fall of the Kandy kingdom.
A golden canopy was added recently. Daily rituals are being carried out at
various offering times to the shrine. A dress code applies for entering the
temple. The magnificence has been enhanced by the octagonal pavilion.
attraction is the intricate wooden carvings of this 14th century shrine
dedicated to God Kataragama. There is also a Buddhist temple on location. Almost
the entire structures of some wooden buildings are decorated with dancers,
musicians, wrestlers, legendary beasts and birds. Nearby are the ruins of an
ancient rest house with similar pillars carved in stone.
This 14 century temple is situated about 15Km from the town. The structure of the temple is
influenced by the South Indian architecture and built on a rock. The stupa is on
a high stone platform. The temple is inspired by Dravidian architecture and
gives a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.
The garden-a paradise for nature lover- was built in 14th century during the reign of king Vikrama
Bahu III. The best-known attraction of the garden is the orchid House, which
houses more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids. A spice garden located here
gives you a first hand account of the trees and plants used in the traditional
the Temple of the tooth are three of the four major Hindu shrines taking part in
the Kandy Perahera. Shrines are dedicated to Gods Vishnu and Natha and Goddess
Patthini. The forth shrine is further towards the town. Visitors to these
shrines could witness the Hindu religion customs though most of the worshipers
today are Buddhists. Hindu shrines taking part in the Buddhist pageant is a good
example of the Sinhala and Tamil co-existence that lasted for centuries. Four of
the last Sri Lankan kings were of south Indian origin.
Knuckles range is about 90 square miles in extent and is a detached block of the
central highlands separated from the main highlands by the the Dumbara Valley.
There are 35 peaks rising to more than 3000 feet (915 m) in the Knuckles range.
It has a rich variety of flora and fauna.
Lankatilaka temple dates back to 14th century. It is built on the summit of a rock called
Panhalgala. The temple provides a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding
hills, paddy fields and the diverse vegetation around it.