The next bustling metropolis after Colombo, Kandy is a drive of about 3 to 4 hours, while a journey by train or bus can take about 1 to 1 ½ hours tops. With picturesque views of paddy fields, valleys and plateaus en route, feel free to take in a breath of cool, fresh air as you rise up to the higher altitudes that this elegant township is most ideally located in.
Once you arrive, the aura of culture in conjunction to a relaxing atmosphere with all kinds of lush foliage around you is one that can hardly be expressed with mere words. So come, experience it for yourself and let us know!
“It’s hard to comprehend that the Kandy Lake is man-made, and has actively been around for centuries.”
Points of interest you just cannot miss out on while you are in Kandy:
- The Dalada Maligawa (Sacred Temple of the Tooth) – known to enshrine Lord Buddha’s upper left incisor tooth, this former royal palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.
- The Sigiriya Rock Citadel – governed by King Kashyapa during the 5th century AD, witness the beauty of the painted maidens and head up to the summit to see the ruins of a once royal palace.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – situated about 5 to 6km from the city of Kandy, this garden is famous for its orchids and the ‘Avenue of Palms’, out of which one particular tree has been planted by King George V and Queen Elizabeth I of the United Kingdom per se.
Once you’re done trekking around the many sights that Kandy has to offer, feel free to help yourself to a shopping extravaganza at the Kandy City Centre, or relax with a cup of hot or cold beverage at the food court.
Several other prominent locations are within close proximity to this hilly haven too, such as the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Udawattakele Sanctuary, which can frequently be seen overlooking the Dalada Maligawa and the Kandy Lake.