Experience one of the most outstanding historical retreats in the tropics, a place where you find yourself lured by the island’s enchanting history and the majestic beauty of its surroundings.
TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC
The Dalada Maligawa or "The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic" is one of the most sacred religious sites for Buddhists in Kandy. The Dalada Maligawa is said to house the left canine tooth which was retrieved from the funeral pyre after Lord Buddha was cremated. On this basis grew a series of offerings, rituals and ceremonies. Worshiping at the temple is thought to improve one's karma immeasurably and the shrine receives a constant flow of worshipers and tourists.
The Embekka Devalaya was built by King Vikramabahu III of Gampola Era (AD 1357 – 1374 and consists of three sections - the "Sanctum of Garagha," the "Digge" and the "Hevisi Mandapaya." The Hevisi Mandapaya contains beautiful wood carvings on its pillars that are considered to be some of the best examples of Sinhalese art.
Being one of the best preserved examples of traditional Sinhalese temple architecture, the Lankatilake Temple is situated on the outskirts of Kandy. This special architectural monument combines the worship of the Buddha with that of the Hindu gods. Originally, the structure had four storeys, but only the ground floor is used today after the masonry structure collapsed..
Covering over 60 hectares, the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. Declared a Royal Garden by King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747 to 1780), the garden is home to over 300 varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. You can also find 80 species of birds, including 10 endemic species, over 80 species of butterflies, 20 species of reptiles, 15 species of amphibians and 18 species of mammals including the flying squirrel and rusty spotted cat.
Built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinha in 1807, the Kandy Lake is located next to the Temple of the Tooth. One can take a walk or jog or even take a boat ride around the lake.
KANDY GARRISON CEMETERY
Founded in 1817, the Kandy Garrison Cemetery was built for the burial of British-era colonists and is currently managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There are many 20th century graves, most of them dating back to World War II. Perhaps the most famous of these is the grave of Sir John D'Oyly, who was a colonial officer who planned to capture Kandy in 1815. However he passed away due to cholera in 1824.