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Arguably one of the most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka, Kandy is largely visited for its scenic beauty and rich culture. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it attracts people with tourist attractions like the Old Royal Palace and the famous Temple of Tooth. Other holy placed here are Gadaladeniya Temple and the Lankathilake Temple.  Nature lovers can opt for Royal Botanical Garden that is home to many tropical types of foliage. Surprisingly, this garden area used to be the regional headquarters during the World War II. Architecture buffs can marvel at the wooden carvings of Embekke Temples. Here, the wood is carved in shape of birds, wrestling, musicians, dancers and various birds and animals.

Kandy is also a shopper’s paradise. The local markets as well as the emporiums are full of precious stones, souvenirs and handmade laces.  Hence, a visit to Kandy will enrich your vacation by culturally uplifting you with its beauty and sanctity.

Attractions

Temple of Tooth Relic
Sri Dalada Maligawa, as it is known, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple of great reverence. It once served as the royal palace complex of the erstwhile Kingdom of Kandy. Today it treasures the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha that was brought here after his death.  The temple has monks from two chapters- Malwatte and Asgiriya. They perform various Buddhist rituals at dawn and evening; in the inner chamber. Every Wednesday, Nanumura Mangallaya is performed. It is a ritual bathing of the sacred relic with scented water and flowers. This holy water is then distributed among the visitors.

Lankatilaka Vihara
Another Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Kandy; is unique for its structure that is built with stone, lime plaster and bricks. It is a perfect mix of Sinhalese, Dravidian and Indo-Chinese architecture. Inside the temple are images of deities like God Upulvan, Ganapathi, Saman, Vibhishana and Kumara Bandara.

Kandy Lake
A picturesque sight to behold, the Kandy Lake embraces a visitor with a fascinating island, which sits in the middle of the lake. People who come here walk on the shores and enjoy the cool breeze that refreshes one within.

Peradeniya Botanic Gardens
The botanical garden in Peradeniya sits over an area of 59 hectares. It is famous for its tropical woody plants of 4,000 species. Some of the important specimens include palms, orchids, gymnosperms, and flowering trees.

The Kandy Esala Perahera Festival
Also known as The Festival of the Tooth takes place in July and August. This historical and elaborate procession is taken out annually in reverence to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Iconic to the country of Sri Lanka, the event has fire dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural events. Elephants are decorated with lavish garments. The celebrations end with diya-kepeema ritual and water cutting ceremony on the banks of Mahaweli River at Getambein Kandy.

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