cultural capital of Sri Lanka, is a major tourist destination in the
country. The town boasts prominent tourist attractions like the Temple
of Tooth and the Old Royal Palace. The city which came into being in
the 15th century was the last royal capital where 2500 years of royal
rule ended. Here you can visit elegant historict sites, enjoy song
dances, buy souvenirs and indulge in adventure activities. Kandy is a
good transit point to travel to cultural north or hilly south.
Colombo is the nearest
airport to Sigiriya (169 kms).
Kandy Railway Station is
connected to all major cities of Sri Lanka.
Kandy is well connect to
many cities in Sri Lanka.
The Temple of Tooth
The Temple of Tooth is the most important Buddhist place of worship in
Sri Lanka and foremost travel attraction of the town. One of the
Buddha's teeth is kept in the temple. The temple was constructed in
the 16th century but several additions have been done in it. A golden
canopy has been recently added. For entering the temple a dress code
has to be followed. The temple follows a set of daily rituals.
Three major Hindu shrines are located at a stone's throw from the
Temple of Tooth. Lords Vishnu, Natha and Goddess Patthini sit in these
shrines. Although most people visiting these temples are Buddhists
Hindu rituals and customs are followed here. The shrines testimony
that Tamils and Buddhists have co-existed here for long time.
Old Royal Palace compound
Kandy tour is incomplete without a visit to Old Royal Compound. You
can tour old royal palace, quarters of the royal concubines; queen's
chambers the council chambers and the armoury. Many of these places
are now used a museums presenting the articles of Kandyan era.
Chambers of the Royal Palace are nice specimen of Kandyan wooden
architecture. The Palace is the witness of so many important cultural
events in the history of Sri Lanka.
Lankatilake temple is a fine place located on a lovely location. It is
an elegant structure decorated by fine paintings.
This temple, made in 14th century, is located 15km off the town. Built
on a rock, the temple has been inspired by the South Indian style of
Royal Botanical Garden
Royal Botanical Gardens which once served as a pleasure garden of a
Kandyan Queen has numerous tropical foliage. It is reputed as one of
the best gardens in the island. and the best in the island. The allied
forces had their regional headquarters in the garden during the Second
Embekke Temples, built in 14th century, are adorned with intricate
wooden carvings. The temple is dedicated to God Kataragama. A Buddhist
place neighbors the Embekke Temple. The temple is bedecked with the
carvings of dancers, musicians, wrestlers, beasts and birds.
Arts and Crafts
Kandy is most important proponent of Sri Lankan arts and crafts. Kandy
is the place where the elites patronised these crafts during 300 years
of struggle with the Europeans. One can buy exquisite handicrafts in
Kandy. Shops catering to the tourists abound in Kandy. Kandyan Art
Association is the perfect place to buy souvenirs.
At Kundasale village, near Kandy, a village has been established
recently to settle local craftsmen and their families. Visitors could
watch craftmen at work and purchase their products on site.
hh - heritage hotel ; ph -
palace hotel ; bh - boutique hotel ; gh - guest house ; hs - home stay