Kandy, Sri Lanka Kandy, the Ancient Capital of Sri Lanka Mini Guide by Chandrika Sinha

A wonderful UNESCO site, Kandy is perfectly located at the centre of Sri Lanka and is generally recognised as the island nation's cultural capital.

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Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. The temple is open from dawn to dusk.

Temple of the Tooth

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The Kandy Clock Tower is located in the centre of Kandy on a busy intersection. A landmark of the city beloved by locals, the clock tower was built near to the Ismail Building in 1950 by Haji Mohamed Ismail as a monument and in memory of his son Mohamed Zacky Ismail, who lost his life in an accident in 1947.

Clock Tower

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Bahirawa Kanda Temple is a Buddhist temple with an ominipresent Buddha statue, seen from everywhere in Kandy city. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Temple or walk, just 1 km by following the colourful Buddhist flags over the road. The name “Bahirawa Kanda” means the gnome mountain.

Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

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The National Museum of Kandy is located next to the Temple of the Tooth in part of the former Royal Palace of Kandy. The primary exhibits are housed in the Palle Vahala building which once was home to the King's harem. A secondary exhibit location is found in the main palace building.

National Museum of Kandy

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The Natha Devale is located on the terrace, in front of the Palace complex of Kandy. It is said to have been in existence even before the Tooth Relic was brought to Kandy.The oldest extant structure in Kandy, it is said to have been built by King Vikramabahu III in the 14th century. The history of the worship of God Natha is not clear. The name 'Natha' literally means ‘no form’ and ‘no shape’, and is therefore generally associated with Lord Maitreya, the next Buddha.

Natha Devale

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Kandy Lake is a lake in the heart of the city built in 1807 by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha of Sri Lanka next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake and fishing is banned. There are many legends and much folklore about the lake. One such is that the small island at its center was used by the king's helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel.

Kandy Lake

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The ancient Tea Factory of Hantana Estate was recently converted into a museum dedicated to the history of Sri Lankan Tea. The place is run by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and it is quite a big deal considering the importance of tea in Sri Lanka's culture and economy.

The Tea Museum

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The Lankatilaka Temple is considered to be one of the best preserved examples of traditional Sinhalese temple architecture. Built on a rock, the temple is reached by a long series of rock cut steps. An arched passage of the image house leads through a Mandapa (hall) into the inner sanctum which is richly decorated with beautiful floral designs. The two side walls and the ceiling are decorated with paintings. In the inner sanctum is a colossal seated image of the Buddha.

Lankatilaka Temple

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Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147acre, at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.

Royal Botanical Gardens

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Located in close proximity to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, the spice garden is a place to see and learn about Sri Lankan spices and herbs. After visiting the garden, spices can also be purchased as a souvenir, but there is no obligation to buy. Entrance is free.

New Ranweli Spice Garden

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