Surrounded by misty hills, Kandy is located in the heart of Sri Lanka. Being the last capital of Sri Lanka Kandy hold much significance for its’ famous tea and ancient places of cultural and religious value. Kandy has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site, and the temple of the sacred tooth relic holds major significance.
Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world. Built in the 16th century this temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from Indian in the 4th century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed. The only remaining relic of Buddha is housed in this temple. There are seven golden caskets enclosed for the tooth relic. The relic casket is covered with bullet proof glass frame.
Kandy Perahera is the most colorful pageant in the world and it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances, in addition to the elephants who are usually adorned with lavish garments.
Attracting over 2 million visitors every year, the Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is located in the heart of Kandy. Renowned for a wide variety of Orchids, Spices, Medicinal plants and Palm trees the botanical garden is equally famous among tourist and locals. Spreading across 147 acres the Royal botanical gardens goes way back in history to the era of kings.
The Knuckles range has more than 35 rugged peaks which give magnificent scenic view. This is called ‘Mini Alps’ for its formation. The name Knuckles is given it as it looks like the knuckles of a clenched fist with five prominent peaks. The Knuckles range is about 90 square miles and it is rich with flora and fauna.
Embekka is situated about 03km from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This 14th century temple is famous for skillfully made wooden carvings dedicated to God Katargama. The beautiful carved wooden pillars are decorated with dancers, wrestlers, beasts and birds. There are about 128 carvings on the wooden pillars the unique feature of this carvings are all are different from each other. The most wonderful feature of this site is the roof of the temple. It does not have a central beam, where all other 26 rafters are fixed to the roof using one huge wooden nail.
Kadugannawa is popular because of its gap. The gap is located in Colombo Kandy highway from about 60 miles and it is 800 feet above the sea level. Near the gap the surrounding view is scenic. The road is very narrow with many turns and comes to a place where the road is been built by drilling a rock.
Built almost exclusively of stone, Gadaladeniya temple situated on a hilltop, commanding views of the surrounding countryside. A moonstone marks the entrance to the main shrine. Within the temple, an ancient stone and plaster Buddha image looks down upon milk rice pots that has the 638 year old jack wood doors still exhibit their original paintings.
Rich in murals, paintings, sculpture and architecture, the Lankathilaka Viharaya is definitely a sight to behold. This magnificent building has 3 stories and shows a mix of Tamil and Chinese craftsmanship. There are 14 elephant drawings and small “Makara Thorana” around this building. And if you’re wondering whether you’ll be able to take in all of temple architecture, then let the Lankathilaka take up a few good hours since, there are a lot of differentiates at this temple and gives it an edge over the other tourists attractions in Kandy.