Temple of the Tooth, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, is the site where Sri Lanka’s most important relic- the tooth of Buddha- has been kept. Situated in the royal palace complex of Kandy city, the place is visited by Buddhist pilgrims in large numbers throughout the year. This temple is what has mainly the earned the city its World Heritage Site status.
HistoryAfter the parinirvana of Gautama Buddha, the sacred tooth preserved in Kalinga was smuggled to Sri Lanka by Princess Hemamali and her husband, as... read more
One of the six Commonwealth War Cemeteries of Sri Lanka is located in Kandy and often referred to as Kandy War Cemetery. This beautiful but melancholic site is the final resting place of those who died defending this country during the Second World War. It is located near the Mahaweli riverside and was formerly known as Pitakande Military Cemetery, before the charge of its maintenance was taken over by Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is said that this burial ground is one of the most beautifully landscaped a... read more
Kandy Lake can be seen as a symbol for the hilly city, situated in the heart of its landscape, near the Temple of the Tooth. It is an artificial creation, made in 1807 by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, the last ruler of the Kingdom of Kandy as well as of Sri Lanka.
The MakingA paddy field is what the lake land used to be before the king ordered it to be excavated. All the ministers and advisors who opposed his move were brought to a tragic end. He ordered to build a dam for crossing over to the other side but later... read more
The tranquility of Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue in Kandy is one of the not-to-be-missed experiences while here. The 80-feet tall white statue sits on a hillside overlooking the entire cityscape and can be seen from almost anywhere in Kandy.
Reaching hereIt takes about 20 minutes from the city police station to reach the site of this Buddha Statue. From there one can either take a tuk-tuk or climb up the steps. The path, though winding, is not very steep.
At the topOnce you have reached up the hill, a m... read more
The old Royal Palace of Kandy stands as a reminder of Sri Lanka’s last native rule by the Kandyan Dynasty. Before the British took over, this palace was the residence of the last king, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha.
HistoryIt was first built in the 14th century by King Vickramabahu III and Senasamatha Vickramabahu of Gampola Kingdom. The royal palace, since then, has seen both destruction and restoration several times.
The StructureDuring its golden days, the palace was part of a larger complex, including the T... read more