Kandy is one of the most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka that is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural value. Spread over an area of around 1940 square kilometers, it is counted amongst the world heritage sites of UNESCO. The city promises a number of tourist attractions that include the Old Royal Palace and the famous Temple of Tooth. The latter consists of the sacred relic of Buddha’s tooth because of which Kandy is regarded as one of the most sacred places by Buddhists. Other holy spots include the Gadaladeniya Temple and the Lankathilake Temple. The Old Royal Palace of Kandy is a treat for sore eyes and a treasure trove for history lovers. On one hand, you have the Queen’s chambers and quarters of the concubines and on the other, there are the armory and council chambers.
On the outside, the temple buildings are not magnificent or elaborately decorated. White with red roofs, they cluster around Kandy Lake (the island in the middle once housed the king’s harem). In striking contrast to the plain exterior, the interiors of the temple buildings are richly carved and decorated with inlaid woods, ivory, and lacquer. Around the entire complex is a low white stone wall, delicately and simply carved with openings that give a filigree effect. During celebrations, candles are placed in the openings, lighting up the entire front. The relic of the tooth is kept in a two-story inner shrine fronted by two large elephant tusks. The relic rests on a solid gold lotus flower, encased in jeweled caskets that sit on a throne. The temple is joined to the Pattiripuwa (Octagon) tower, built in 1803, that was originally a prison but now houses a collection of palm-leaf manuscripts. The king’s palace is also in the temple compound.
A nice museum located at the Temple of Tooth believed to be established during the time of King Sri Wickrama Rajasingha. This Museum consists of many articles from the history of Kandy and also Buddhism in other countries.
One of the must sees if you are in Kandy. Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens consists of varieties of plants, flowers, trees, spice gardens and a beautiful orchid house. A nice place to walk around.
Embekke Devalaya is situated in Pilimathalawa, kandy which has finest wood carving work. This Devalaya is dedicated to the the god Kataragama which is situated in the same location. Embekke Devalaya was build in around 1370’s during the Gampole regime time by the king Wickramabahu 11.
Lankathilaka Temple is located in Hiripitiya, Kandy build by King Buwanekabahu IV in 1344 AD which is a must do if you visit Kandy. The specialty of the temple is that its a four storied building built on an uneven bed rock.
Located in Pinawella On the way to Kandy from Colombo, Sri Lanka. You can see how they take care of the elephants here. Every day at 8:30 and 10 :30 am , they take the elephants to the close river for a bath. try not to miss that !