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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 of Temple of the Tooth Relic.

The history of the Royal Palace of Kandy goes back to the 14th century. The first palace was built by King Vickramabahu III and by Senasamatha Vickramabahu. The last king to occupy the palace was king Sri Vickrama Rajasinha.

The main entrance consists three wahalkadas and an eight feet high wall. The oldest section is the Natha Devale. At the northern end is the Raja Wasala. The Maha Maluwa is an open park area. On one end is a memorial with the skull of national hero, Keppetipola Disawe, a statue of Madduma Bandara and a statute of Princess Hemamali and Prince Danthakumara. The Magul Maduwa is where the king met his ministers and carried out administrative tasks. It was also known as the “Maha Naduwa” which later became a place of public audience. Foreign visitors were welcomed by the king at the Maha Maluva. The stuffed remains of Rajah Tusker can be seen in the Rajah Tusker Hall. To the north of the Palle Vahale is the Meda Wasala. The royal Armoury is beyond the Meda Wasala which was then named Ran Ayuda Maduwa. The queens bathing pavilion is located on the embankment of Kandy Lake.

At present only part of the original palace complex remain and it was converted as the National Museum of Kandy. Visit the Royal Palace of Kandy and journey back few centuries in time.

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