Kandy Lake

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Timings : 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Entry Fee : Rs 1500 For Boating in Kandy Lake

Kandy lake, Kandy Overview

The sea of Milk or Kiri Muhuda as it is dearly called by the people is an artificial lake bordering the Royal Palace and Royal Gardens. The lake corresponds to the monastery, royalty and overall culture and beliefs of the people; it has elements of historical importance associated with it as it. Boat rides on the lake is a fun way to spend an evening here. There are local boat operators who offer tours of Kandy Lake and thereby a view of the royal city and its natural scenic beauty.

The pathway around Kandy Lake stretches for 2.1 miles and is perfect for a walk, jog or even some early morning yoga. It provides a panoramic view of the hills and the town, the famous Temple of the Tooth, and the queens bathing pavilion near the lake. One can soak in the greenery of the adjacent Udawattekele forest reserve and watch the sunset.

The lake surrounds itself with rich fauna and flora bestowed with age-old Nuga trees, palm trees, fruit trees, Sal trees and Mara trees. The Kandy lake also provides a bird's eye view of the entire province. Despite modernisation, the uniqueness and antiquity of the city remain; it gives you the chills as it takes you on a trip down the old memory lane. Daybreak and sundown are the absolute best times to visit Kandy Lake. The dewy sun-kissed skies turn blue with a tinge of orange, and there is no sight like it.

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Boating in Kandy Lake

One can enjoy boating amidst the busy city of Kandy in Kandy Lake. The boat ride lasts approximately 15-20 mins and the cost is Rs 1500 per person. 

Landscape of Kandy Lake

The lake spreads its arm for 6,544 long square meters with a circumference is of 3.21 km and a maximum depth of 18.5 meters. The parapet wall that surrounds the lake looks like a cloud and is called Walakulu Bemma. During the process of its construction, Kandy was taken over by the British, and the lake wall still stands unfinished. It has built-in triangle holes that are used as lamp stands by the devotees. Ancient ruins top the building in the centre from the colonial times; it is known as Diyatilaka Mandapaya. It was a recreational centre for royalty. The Malwatte temple that celebrates of Theravada Buddhism also overlooks the lake. It makes up the temples of the Siyam Nikaya. Jayatilleke Mandapaya is a dam for connectivity across the water body. Ulpange was the Queen's bathing pavilion situated partly in the waters which were converted into a library by the British and is now a police post.

History of Kandy lake

The Kandy lake was once a stretch of paddy fields called Tigolwela. It was converted into a lake in 1807 during the reign of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinha. During its construction, local chiefs objected to the lake and hence they were put to death on the lake bed. Legend has it that the small island in the centre was used by the king's harem for bathing and was sealed to the palace by a secret tunnel. Owing to its secrecy, it was later used by the British to store ammunition. The king first built a dam across the paddy fields, from the Pattiruppuwa (Octogen) side to the Poya-Maluwa. The roadways of the damn helped facilitate travel to the Malwatte Vihare. Such is the architectural marvel of Kandy city and lake.

How To Reach Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake can be reached using local transport such as tuk-tuks. One can also club visiting the lake along with the Temple of Tooth Relic as they are adjacent to each other.

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