Kandy is also known as Maha Nuvara and is located in the Central Province, on the Mahaweli River in Sri Lanka. This serene place lies in the midst of the Kandy plateau . Kandy is famed for its World Heritage ancient Kandy City, Kandy Dalada Maligawa, Kandyan architecture. Kandy is popularly famed to be the cultural capital of Sri Lanka . Kandy is mostly known for the temple of Tooth and the Old Royal palace which reckon to be very popular tourist destinations. The city of Kandy had its inception in the 15th century and is known to be the last royal capital. Kandy offers to be the outlet to travel to north and the south of Sri Lanka.
Places Of Interest
The Temple of Tooth:
The Temple of tooth is known as an important place of worship for the Buddhists. It is known from sources that one of the tooth of Buddha is kept in the temple. The temple was constructed in the in the 16th century but it was renovated from time to time to retain its charm and sanctity. A golden canopy was recently built on the temple and a proper dress code is to be followed for entering the temple.
Old Royal Palace compound:
How could a tour to Kandy be complete without visiting the old royal compound. Feel like a royal while touring the old royal palace, queen's chambers, council's chambers. Many of these areas have been converted into museums which depicts the artifacts of the Kandyan Era. Gazing at the palace one can feel the cultural ups and downs of the bygone era.
Lankatilaka temple is located on the rock called Panhalgala a few kilometers from the town of Kandy. This temple is famed for its superfine structure and alluring paintings.
The Gadaladeniya Temple in Sri lanka is a 14th century temple proclaimed well for its is being built on a rock in the South Indian Architectural style and is situated 15 km off the town of Kandy.
Royal Botanical Garden
The Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy was an eye pleasure for the queen of Kandya. One of the best islands of Sri Lanka this also serves as the head quarters of the allied forces during the second world war reign.
How to Reach:
- The city of Kandy is linked thoroughly by buses from most parts of the country. It takes around 2.5 hrs from the city of Colombo to reach Kandy. Kandy stands at a distance of 116 kms from Colombo. One can also hire a private vehicle as well.