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The Cultural Capital of Ceylon

The city of Kandy stands with all its glory as the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic and as the second largest city of Sri Lanka. This beautiful city which is surrounded by mist covered mountains and tea plantations is the capital of the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka and was then known as Senkadagalpura. Presently it is called in sinhala as “Maha Nuwara” meaning great city, although “Nuwara” is the commonly used name.

This scenic city is located 500 metres above sea level between the Knuckles Mountain Range and the Hanthana Mountain Range. Kandy is the entrance to the central highlands of Sri Lanka and this city can be reached from every direction of the island.

On the north shore of the lake are the Royal Palace of Kandy which was converted to a Museum and the Temple of the Tooth Relic, known as the Sri Dalada Maligawa. If you visit the Lankatilaka Temple, Gadaladeniya Temple and Embekke Devalaya you can witness the traditions and unique features of Sinhalese temple architecture. Apart from the many historical and cultural heritage sights in Kandy the largest Botanical Garden in Sri Lanka is also in Peradeniya, Kandy. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of the city over the lake at Kandy View Point. Take a stroll around the Kandy Lake to relax and feel the coldness and wetness of the tropical rainforest climate in Kandy. Kandy is one of the seven World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. When it comes to places to visit in this great city, the choice is endless. The best thing about Kandy is that it is a city that is good to visit at any time of the year.

Wales Park

A park with a majestic view Wales Park is known for its mesmerizing view. It is situated at the top of a hill in the center of the Kandy city overlooking the Kandy Lake. This park is also known as The Royal Palace Park, Wace Park or Rajawasala Park. Wales Park is located at Rajapihilla...
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Udawattekele Sanctuary

The garden above the royal palace The Udawattekele Sanctuary is a 257 acre large forest reserve in Kandy, famous for its extensive avifauna. It is a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers to explore and indulge in the tranquil beauty of nature. Udawatta Kele Sanctuary is situated on the hillside behind the Temple of the Tooth...
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Royal Palace of Kandy

Reflection of the Kandy Kingdom The Royal Palace of Kandy is the last Royal Palace built in Sri Lanka and is located on north of the Temple of the Tooth Relic. The ancient Sri Lankan tradition was that the protector of the relic was the ruler of the land. Therefore, the Royal Palace was once a part...
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Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Nature showcased at its best The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya is regarded as one of the best botanical gardens in Asia. It is the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka extending to 147 acres bordering the Mahaweli River. Each year over two million visitors come to enjoy the beauty of this spectacular park which...
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National Museum of Kandy

Journey back to pre-colonial Ceylon The National Museum of Kandy is located on the north shore of the Kandy Lake next to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. The Royal Palace of Kandy was the last palace built in Sri Lanka as Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era. Part of the...
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Lankatilaka Vihara Temple

The temple on a rock The Lankatilaka Vihara temple is considered as the most unique architectural masterpiece created during the Gampola era under the patronage of King Buwanekabahu IV. It is also known as the Blue Temple and is located in the village of Hiyarapitiya in the Udunuwara area of Kandy. The history of the Lankatilaka...
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