Being located at one of the most adored locations in Sri Lanka, Kandy homes many elite and significant attractions, with a history that is completely awe inspiring. Following are some of the key locations in and around the city of Kandy, which you can leisurely explore while accommodating in our hotel.
Sigiriya an ancient palace located in the central province of Sri Lanka. This sacred city is known to be one of the most best preserved examples of ancient urban planning, and its known to be the most visited site in Sri Lanka. It's historical significance being a massive column of rock about 200 meters high.
King Kashyapa who was the ruler at this time selected this city for his new capital. He made this place his home by building a castle upon the rock and embedded beautiful frescos on the sides of the walls.
Today Sigiriya is proud to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens located 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy. Having a span of 147 acres its attracted many tourists around the world for its beautiful fauna and flora. Having more than 4000 species of plants including spices, palm trees, medicinal plants and orchids.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is 110kms from Colombo, and a further 6kms from the Peradeniya Bridge. Peradeniya inherited its name from the fruit Pera (Guava), and Deniya meaning (a plain).
It's spice garden is loaded with Cinnamon, Pepper, Vanilla and cloves. A out of this world orchid house is a must see. It has different types and amazing colours of orchids.The Botanical garden attracts many tourists from around the world. It's known to be the largest garden in Sri Lanka.
Temple of the tooth relic
Sri Dalada Maligawa the most Sacred Tooth relic Temple in Sri Lanka, a well known temple among the Sri Lankan Buddhist community. Located in the heart of the city capital Kandy this Temple has drawn many number of tourists to witness the beauty of the fine craftsmanship inside the temple and to get a peek at the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Rituals and worships are conducted daily by Monks of the Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters. A special blessing and bathing is done on Wednesdays of the relic with a special herbal preparation made with fragrant flowers and scented water.
As sacred as it is anyone who visits the Maligawa has to dress in white clothing as it
Embakke dewalaya was built in (AD 1357 to 1374) by King Vickramabahu III. The Devalaya is dedicated to Mahasen well known by all Buddhists as Katharagama Deviyo. Many worshippers visit this holy place for special offerings and vows.
The shrine is divided into three sections namely "Dancing Hall, Hevisi Mandapaya and Drummers Hall". The Drummers Hall Has drawn many a tourists for its elaborate wood carvings.
The beautifully crafted pillars have embedded carvings of various symbols such as female dancing figures, women emanating from a vein, double headed eagles, entwined rope designs, bird with human figure, mother breast-feeding child and a combination of elephant and lion and lion and bull.
In the year 1344 the Gadaladeniya Temple was built by King Wickramabahu IIII. This Temple is about 2kms away from the Embakke Devalaya. This holy place is visited by many tourists, history lovers and nature lovers.
"Ganesvachari" a south Indian architect designed the temple characterising the South Indian architectural feature. The Temple is on a hill top with a scenic view of the whole area, the dagoba is built on four pillars with a solid roof designed to perfection.
The best time to visit this remarkable temple is during the evening or night time, as the climate would be cool and nice.
Galmaduwa Vihara temple
The Galmaduwa Temple is unique as it has a mix of a Hindu-Tamil mix in a Buddhist place of worship. The construction of the temple was assigned to King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe, while construction was in process the King heard of a cave discovered in Degaldoruwa so he stopped the work on the Galgamuwa Temple and set off to see his new discovery, sadly until now the building remains half built.
It's a kind of a pavilion built with brick and stone, what gives it a Hindu touch is the high gopuram (a monumental tower) built on top of the roof.
Fine craftmanship and architectural features is what brings out the best to be witnessed at Galmaduwa Temple.
Built in the 14th century by King Wijayabahu IIII, This temple is designed with a blend of Sinhalese architecture of the Polonnaruwa period. It is built on a rock with a granite based foundation. It was a four storied building about eighty feet high.
A special feature of the Lankathilaka Temple that is has dedicated sections to God's like Ganapathi, Saman, Vibhishana, Skandhakumara, and Kumara Bandara. There is a pillared "Mandapaya" (Drummers Pavillion) consisting of 40 footstone pillars made entirely of pure stone.
The pathway of the Lankathilaka Temple is somewhat similar to a passage of a cathedral, facing a statue of Lord Buddha standing which is 41 feet in height.
The Temple walls inside are decorated with exquisite architectural designs and wall paintings rich in colours of the Kandyan era. At the steps leading into the Temple you will find a moonstone better known in Sinhalese as Sandakadapahana. The "Makara Thorana" is a special feature as it's built in an arch form of a dragon.
A centre of attraction is the beautiful Kandy Lake. Built in the year 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. This lake was a paddyfield in ancient times which was transformed into an exquisite lake.
There are many stories about the lake one being the small island in the middle was used by the kings in that era for bathing which was connected to the palace by a secret tunnel.
Different plants and trees grow around the lake such as Mara trees, fruit trees, Nuga trees and Palm trees some of them are about 75 years old. You can also find some of the bird species like Diyakawa (Indian Cormorant), Karawal Koka (pelican), Ali Koka (Wood Stork) and Koka (White Egret Crane).
The Kandy Lake is patronised by many tourists, have a stroll down the lake while you indulge in some snacks by the roadside vendors. It's truly a remarkable place.
An amazing feature at Kiriwavula village, is the brass ornaments done by craftsman by ancient lost-wax (cire-perdu) process. You can find various sizes and shapes of brassware to suit your liking.