Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka and is considered one of the best places to visit for a person with a strong wanderlust. The city is situated in the hill country of the island hence is blessed with numerous natural, splendid viewpoints and landscapes. Here are some of the best places to visit in Kandy including the most immaculate natural places and historical heritage.
01. Royal Botanical Garden
The Royal Botanical Garden is situated in Peradeniya, a suburb 5.5km to the west of the Kandy city. The garden is renowned for its wonderful collection of orchids, giant trees, herbal plants, medicinal plants, palm trees, spice plants and some endemic plant species of Sri Lanka. Currently, there are more than 4000 plant species in the royal botanical garden, well maintained and valued. In the ancient times where the kingdom of Senkadagala (Kandy was known by this name in the past) was ruled by the kings, the garden was made accessed only by the royal family. Hence this is one of the best places in Kandy with a known historical value. The royal botanical garden expands over 147 acres in total and if you are visiting this alluring place, you will be provided with the chance to travel in the botanical garden in a buggy with a local guide too!
Riveston peak is a divine landscape in Sri Lanka which is unknown among tourists visiting the country, therefore, is barely visited by tourists and remains unpolluted and very calming all year. The peak is very famous among the local visitors and this green, fresh; mind-boggling mountain attracts a number of local visitors each year. You can travel to the hike beginning point by a vehicle via the Matale-Girandurukotte road. Not only the mountain peak itself is charming, but the roadway to the mountain also will add long-lasting memories in your mind with the appealing views of the surrounding countryside. The hiking pathway is about three and a half kilometers long and would not take more than 2 or 3 hours for climbing if you hike with real enthusiasm and joy. The climate is almost similar to the climate of Hortain plains and the morning time is covered with mist. There are two dazzling waterfalls you might be able to visit there, the Sera Ella and Bambarakiri Ella along with the freshwater body Thelgamu Oya by aside. Thelgamu Oya is a safe place to have quick dip and splash of the cool water after a long journey of hiking up there. The view of the waterfalls and the greenish, fresh Thelgamu valley at the peak of the mountain is a medication for a relaxing mind and body. The admirable and adorable views of the surrounding mountains, valley, and special landscape features provide the nature lovers and photographers a great opportunity and one of the best places to visit in Kandy to add valuable memories to their visit in Sri Lanka.
03. The Sacred Temple Of The Tooth Relic
The sacred temple of the tooth relic is considered the most valued place among the Buddhists not only in Sri Lanka but also all the Buddhists over the world. It is accepted to hold the sacred tooth of the Buddha, which was taken from the remaining parts after Lord Buddha's incineration in India and pirated to Sri Lanka, where it eventually ended up in Kandy. Due to the invasions occurred at the time, a temple was worked inside the royal palace complex to guard it. Both Kandy and the temple (for what it's worth in it) are currently recorded as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
You can't really observe the tooth when visiting the Sacred Tooth Temple, as it is kept in the littlest of seven settled brilliant coffins (think Matryoshka dolls) formed like a Stupa or Dagaba, that are kept in an inward shrine inside the temple. Instead, you can observe the grand, surprising, ancient architects of Sri Lankan heritage such as the Vahalkada, an amazing build-up at the entrance to the temple, Walakulu bema and Diyareli Bemma, the outer and inner walls respectively covered with ancient, preserved arts which are valued by the Sri Lankans much.
There are some important things to be considered when you are planning to visit the Temple of sacred tooth relic. You are not allowed to enter the temple while you are wearing short trousers or skirts. You must wear clothes as you cover your legs completely and you should not wear revealing clothes or dresses which expose the body parts excessively. White and light color clothes are appropriate and you should wear off your shoes, hats, and caps before entering the temple.
04. Kandy Lake
Constructed by the last king of Sri Lanka and Kandy, Sri Wikrama Rajasinhe, so as to add magnificence to the Temple of Tooth, Kandy Lake is a counterfeit development marking a remnant of the last ever Sri Lankan kingdom.
The lake was also called Kiri Muhuda or the Milky Ocean in the past, the lake has an incomplete wall called the Valakulu Bamma or clouds wall. The reason for the unfinished wall is because of the capture and detainment of King Sri Wikrama Rajasinhe in 1815 when the British attacked and obtained the reign of Kandy. At 2060 feet, the cloud wall remains standing today in its incomplete express; the triangular openings in it are utilized to light oil lights.
The lake has an island at the inside which is likewise a man-made making of the king. It was at first piece of a dam, which King Ramasinghe had worked over the lake, however, it was before long annihilated from the two finishes, leaving only the island in the middle.
Legend has it that this island was really utilized by the Queens's for bathing, and was associated with the palace through a mystery tunnel.
Having been based on paddy fields, this lake is exceedingly ensured as it's considered extremely significant in keeping up the stylistic theme of Kandy alongside numerous promising stories identified with it.
It has now turned out to be a standout amongst the most venerated sights in Sri Lanka, particularly because of the amazing tales about it and its man-made attributes which make it a sight of wonder.
05. Museum Of Raja, The Tusker
There is a new structure which houses the taxidermized remains of the Maligawa Tusker – Raja to the left of the temple of sacred tooth relic. This superb tusker was caught in the jungle of Eravur in the Batticaloa District in 1925. For more than 50 years Raja conveyed the brilliant casket which conveyed the tooth relic and in 1984 he was announced as a national treasure by the legislature. This is just the second time a tusker has been announced a national fortune. Raja died in 1988 after suffering from a certain illness and afterward it was concluded that he to be taxidermized. This is the first time a tusker has been taxidermized.
06. National Museum Of Kandy
Beside the Temple of the Tooth, the Kandy National Museum once housed the mistresses of the Kings of Kandy and now contains messiness of royal and respectable relics including honored positions, staffs and ceremonial swords, dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth hundreds of years, before the kingdom's last decay. It was here that the Kandyan chiefs, at last, surrendered to the British in 1815. The museum is open Saturday-Thursday 09:00-17:00.
07. Udawattakele Forest Reserve
Udawattakele forest reserve is a 257 acres area with a large biodiversity situated behind the temple of sacred tooth relic, originally 15-25 minutes walking distance from the temple. The forest is a huge attraction to those who are bird lovers while there are many foreign visitors watching birds for weeks and doing their researches. Besides, Udawattakele has a large number of floras and fauna species with several endemic species of Sri Lanka. Udawattake forest reserve is the main catchment area of the Kandy Lake therefore; you can see small and large water bodies over the forest which brings cool breeze which is a blessing for the visitors. The shady walking pathway behind the royal pond makes this forest reserve one of the best places to visit in Kandy especially for couples who wish to relax in a peaceful and dazzling environment. There is an educational center in Udawattekele forest to share important information for those who are really interested, so don’t forget to visit this educational center once you visit this valuable gift of nature. Anyone who is interested in watching nature’s beauty, explore new things should visit this nature’s marvelous creation if you are planning to visit the best places in Kandy city.
08. Hanthana Mountain Range
Beside wonderful landscape and a breathtaking scene from its peaks, Hanthana is a most loved travel spot for some individuals since it is anything but difficult to investigate. The travelers can access the foot of the mountain via Peradeniya-Galaha Street or Kandy-Udawela Street. A standout amongst the best places to visit while trekking through the slopes of Hanthana is the Hanthana Viharaya, which goes back to the times of the Kandyan Kingdom. Found 10 km far from Kandy City, it is the temple arranged on the most astounding elevation in Kandy.
A 500 section of pine trees having a place with the Department of Wildlife Conservation, and a few backwoods regions near the Ura Kanda (highest peak of Hanthana mountain ranges) top, are a portion of different sights which can be seen from these slopes.
09. Hunnasgiriya Water Fall
Hunnasgiriya falls also known as Hunas falls is situated at the end of the Knuckles mountain range. It is 12m high and is surrounded by a mind-boggling small forest with an artificial pond which belongs to a private hotel nearby. The five streams falling down the peak reunites and creates the catchment area of the Maha Oya reservoir. The small forest surrounding the lake consist of Cyprus, Pines (pines), teak, Phihimbia, Huna and Ratadel, Hathawariya and types of orchids also grow here. The surrounding area is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, porcupine, monkey, mongoose, wild boar, pangolin and the forest eagle owl, while the water is alive with fish.
10. Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue
The Bahirawakanda Buddha Statue has situated nearby the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple which is on the highest point of the Bahirawa Kanda Mountain. This perfectly etched white statue shows Lord Buddha in the seating position and can be seen from the whole city of Kandy that spreads out before it. It remains at 88 feet in tallness and is one of the greatest Buddha statues in Sri Lanka.
Guests can access the highest point of the slope for all-encompassing perspectives on the City of Kandy, within Bogambara Prison, and the mountain extends adjacent. It makes for some staggering photos and recollections. The temple of Bahirawa Kanda is open for worship. All the visitors are required to remove their caps and shoes and can offer blooms or light oil lights. There is likewise set of stairs that keep running behind the Buddha statue, that enable guests to move to a more prominent stature for better perspectives on the scene. In addition, the best time to visit Bahirawakanda is around evening time when the whole statue is lit up and the city of Kandy spreads out in a guide of twinkling lights.