Must See Places in Kandy
Kandy is the second-largest city in Siri Lanka, and it's also the administrative and religious center in history. The city is surrounded by mountains with rare plant species. In 1998, UNESCO listed the Kandy city as a cultural heritage site in the "World Heritage List." The Kandy city is located on the mountain, which is 500 meters above sea level, with many rare plants, a warm and humid climate, beautiful scenery, and a large number of historical sites, always attracting a large number of tourists to visit. When visitors come to Kandy, what are the attractions worth seeing? Top Asia Tour would like to recommend the following must see places in Kandy for your reference.
Must see places in Kandy - Temple of the Tooth Relic
- Location: Kandy Lakeside, Kandy District, Siri Lanka
- Entrance fee: 1500Rs
- Recommended tour: 7 Days Classic Sri Lanka Tour
The Temple of the Tooth Relic is a famous Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka built in 1595. Located on the bank of Kandy Lake, the temple is famous for its offerings of Sakyamuni's tooth relic, which is known as the national treasure of Sri Lanka. It's also a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. The Temple of the Tooth Relic was built in the 15th century. After successive Kings' continuous renovation and expansion, the whole building is magnificent in scale.
Must see places in Kandy - Dambulla Cave Temple
- Location: Jaffna Hwy, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
- Entrance fee: 1200Rs
- Recommended tour: 9 Days Amazing Sri Lanka Budget Tour
Dambulla Cave Temple, built in the first and second centuries, is located on a rocky mountain in the south of the city of Dambulla, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. The temple is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and has a history of more than 2,000 years. It has attracted pilgrims for thousands of years with its exquisite murals and stone sculptures.
The rock where the cave is located is towering over the surrounding plains, reaching a height of 160 meters, of which more than 80 Caves have been discovered and recorded. The main attractions are located in five caves with Buddha statues and the paintings of the Buddha and his life. In 1991, UNESCO designated the Golden Temple of Dambulla as a World Cultural Heritage site.
Must see places in Kandy - Peradeniya Botanic Gardens
- Location: Peradeniya Road, Kandy, 20400, Central Province
- Entrance fee: 2000Rs
Peradeniya Botanic Gardens, located 5 kilometers southwest of Kandy City, is Sri Lanka's largest botanical garden and Asia's second-largest botanical garden (rank only second to Indonesia's Bogor Botanical Garden). The earliest history of this botanical garden can be traced back to the feudal dynasty of Sri Lanka in 1371. It was once the royal garden of King Kandy. The foundation of the Peradeniya Garden was laid in 1821 and was officially completed in 1843, covering an area of 60 hectares. The east, west and north sides of the botanical garden are surrounded by the Mahaweli River, with gorgeous scenery. It is one of the best tropical botanical gardens in the world. Today, more than 4,000 kinds of native Sri Lankan plants are planted and collected in the park, as well as plants imported from overseas, some of which are very rare and precious tropical plants. The seasons are like spring, the plants are lush, and the flowers are blooming everywhere.
The terrain in the park is undulating, with an average elevation of more than 460 meters. The annual rainfall supply of more than 200 days makes various tropical exotic grasses in the botanical garden grow vigorously all year round. Thousands of tropical and subtropical plants from all over the world are cultivated here. There is a tree named upas tree which is strictly protected. It is said that it will release toxic gases and cause death. In ancient times, people often used their juices to make poison arrows, etc. There are a considerable number of plant varieties in the botanical garden, which can provide scientific and technological information for biological engineering, ecology, etc.
Must see places in Kandy - Kandy Lake
- Location: Kandy city center, Kandy District, Sri Lanka
- Entrance fee: free
- Recommended tour: 11 Days Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour
Kandy Lake is a huge artificial lake dug from a paddy field. It is located in the city of Kandy in the central part of Sri Lanka. It is also one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city.
There are many beautiful legends about Kandy Lake, which add many mysterious colors to this beautiful lake. The scenery on Kandy Lake is beautiful, and the lake is covered with tropical flowers and trees. The trees are lush and constitute a natural pergola. All kinds of flowers are blooming, and there is a flat avenue around the lake. The Temple of the Tooth Relic is also located beside Kandy Lake.
Must see places in Kandy - Kandy National Museum
- Location: National Museum, Kandy, Central Province, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka.
- Entrance fee: 500Rs
The Kandy National Museum is located next to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, part of the former imperial palace. The Kandy National Museum collects fine art from the 16th to 19th centuries, which are on display in the Palle Vahala's palace, including statues of Buddha, crowns, aristocratic figures and wood carvings, as well as British colonial artifacts. In addition to the religious exhibits, there are many artifacts that witnessed the history of Sri Lanka from the 16th century to the 19th century. The museum is a good window to learn about Sri Lankan culture.