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Attractions In Kandy

Attractions In Kandy
Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

The Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. Its present house, the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, Sri Lanka is considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the finest of its kind in Asia, the largest of the botanical gardens of Sri Lanka, couldn't be better located. In the Mediterranean climate of Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands, the Gardens, at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, were tightly bounded on three sides by a loop of River Mahaweli (Great sandy river), the largest river of Sri Lanka.

The town of Peradeniya is located at a distance of 110km from Colombo and another 6km over the Peradeniya Birdge and you are at Kandy, home to the sacred Temple of Tooth.

The Kandy Garrison Cemetery

Back on the lakeside just beyond the National Museum, a signposted turning points up to the evocative Kandy Garrison Cemetery (daily 10am-noon & 1-6pm; donation), established in 1817, shortly after the British seized control of Kandy, to provide a final resting place for expired British colonists. Having fallen into complete dereliction, the cemetery has recently been painstakingly restored and now offers a moving memorial to Ceylon's former colonial master. Shockingly few of the people buried here made it to the age of 30, and even those who avoided the usual hazards of tropical diseases and hostile natives found unusual ways to meet their maker, such as John Spottiswood Robertson (died 1856), trampled to death by a wild elephant; David Findlay (died 1861), killed when his house collapsed on top of him; or William Watson Mackwood (died 1867), who somehow managed to impale himself on a stake whilst dismounting his horse.

The most notable internee, however, is Sir John D'Oyly, the remarkable colonial official who brokered the surrender of the city to the British in 1815. D'oyly was one of the most fascinating figures in the history of colonial Ceylon - at once a supreme diplomat who manipulated the Kandyan nobility with almost Machiavellian genius, and also a kind of proto-happy who became a strict vegetarian, avoided European society and devoted himself to the study of Sinhala and Buddhism.

Embekke Devalaya

History of Embekke Devalaya

Embekke Devalaya is the best place in Sri lanka, may be in the world to see the finest wood carving work. This Devalaya is dedicated to the the god Kataragama.

Embekke Devalaya was build in around year 1370's. This period is belong to Gampole regime time the king Wickramabahu 11 was ruling Sri Lanka. According to the historical information , this temple was done by queen Henakanda Bisobandara. The drummer from the near by village call Rangama was also involved.

Kandy Lake (Nuwara Weva)

This artificial lake was built by the last king of Kandy (and of Sri Lanka), Sri Wikrama Rajasinhe to beatify the Temple of the Tooth Relic by excavating paddy fields in 1807. He called this artificial lake the :Kiri Muhuda" or the Milky Ocean.

He also added the "Valakulu Bamma" (the clouds wall) around the lake but before he could complete, British forces invaded the city of Kandy and prisoned the last Kandyan King in 1815. The Walakulu Wall still remains in the same unfinished state with a length of 2060 feet. The triangular holes in the wall has been used to light oil lamps in the night. This same design has been used for the outer wall of Sri Dalada Maligawa.

The perimeter of the lake is about 3.4 km and the walakulu wall runs to about 2060 feet around the lake.

Tea Museum in kandy

The Tea Museum at Hantana is the best place to see the memorabilia, machinery, books, pictures and objects of historical value to the Tea Industry of Sri Lanka and the origin of the fine brew 'Ceylon Tea'. Built in 1925, the spacious four storied Tea Factory, has been cleverly converted to a Museum by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Planters' Association of Ceylon and has become a major tourist attraction. Today it stands as a proud monument to the success story that is Ceylon Tea. Located five km from Kandy, a motorable road that circles the factory, providing easy access to the premises. The factory building consists of four floors; the ground accommodates heavy machinery, the first floor occupies some examples in the withering process. The Library and the audio-visual presentations are conduction in the second floor while the sales outlets are found in the third floor. The fourth floor is to be converted to a deluxe restaurant.

Asgiriya Stadium

The Asgiriya International Stadium, located in the heart of Sri Lanka's rolling hill-country, is the home ground of Trinity College, one of the most prestigious schools in Sri Lanka. Given the lack of flat space in central Sri Lanka, the ground was carved straight out of the hill behind the pavilion before being levelled by ten feet, and so the end result is one of the most beautiful venues on earth. Access is from the main town, which lies below, where the road takes a sharp jink across the Kandy to Colombo main railway line, before rising viciously and twisting to its left towards the Buddhist Research Institute that neighbours the ground. On a match-day, the outside of the ground is an incongruous mix of monks and machine-guns, as the ever-zealous police force keep an eye out for troublemakers. But once you step through the huge green gates and into the ground, tranquillity abounds. Ironically, one of the most memorable matches at Kandy was also one of the feistiest in history, as England beat Sri Lanka in March 2001 in a game that descended into near-anarchy. The pitch, with its extra bounce, can offer more assistance to the pace bowlers than any other in Sri Lanka, especially when clouds hug the surrounding hills.
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