Kandy is a prominent Sri Lankan city found precisely in the middle of the country. A city of both historical as well as religious importance, Kandy is renowned for being the site of the Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic, unarguably the most famous among all the temples of Sri Lanka. Kandy is also home to numerous remarkable museums and scenic attractions. Kandy is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site declared in 1988.
The Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic is the site of preservation of Lord Buddha’s tooth, a Buddhist relic venerated around the world. Adjacent to the temple is the remnants of the Royal Palace of Kandy; the most notable features here are the Audience Hall with its exquisitely carved pillars, and the Rajah Tusker Hall, dedicated to Rajah, who participated in the Kandy Esala Perahera (procession) for fifty years. The World Buddhist Museum, National Museum of Kandy and Sri Dalada Museum, located in the temple complex, have artefacts related to the history of Buddhism, Kandy and the colonial rule.
Apart from the temple complex, one can pay a visit to the stunning and tranquil 19th-century Kandy Lake and the Udawattekele Sanctuary. The informative Ceylon Tea Museum and the gorgeous Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens with almost 4000 floral species are also close to the city.
Whether you wish to pray at the temple or visit the city’s attractions, a trip to Kandy will certainly offer invaluable insights into Sri Lanka’s rich culture.
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