Experience the Sri Lankan History through the heritage architectureAt a distance of 2 hours from Nuwara Eliya lies one of the biggest cities in Sri Lanka, Kandy. The third destination on the itinerary, a former capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom, Kandy is a treasure trove of culture, history and art. It’s foggy landscape centers around an enchanting lake, a palace that stands true to the richness of the country’s pre-colonial past and the a scared city; all give it the charm of the land far, far away where the once upon a time of your travel tales will be written.
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Sri Dalada Maligawa
The Temple of the Tooth is the main temple in Kandy. It’s a place of pilgrimage and worship for many Buddhists and is said to hold the actual tooth of Buddha himself! Since Buddhism is one of the dominating religions here, this temple plays an important role in the local life. Kandy was made a UNESCO Heritage Site partly because of this temple. It is said that whoever controls this temple, shall rule the country. Thus its significance is very evident. Rituals are performed here throughout the day and it is interesting to observe them.
When we were in Sri Lanka, we spent a few nights in Kandy up in the centre of Sri Lanka. Very chilled and laid back place. Centred around the Kandy Lake. Monkeys roaming around and all sorts of birds. Visited the Relic Temple which was also lovely. Really worth a visit is the Colonial / English Graveyard up behind the temple.
Day 4: Kandy is visually more pleasing during morning hours. Wake up early and take a walk along the lakeside and also visit Bahirawakanada Temple, where the Buddha the omnipresent of Kandy is sitting on a small hill top. There is a road that leads all the way up there from the town center. From there you can also have a nice aerial view of Kandy town which engulfs the lake in the middle.
St. Paul's Church
Saint Paul’s church is found right next to the temple of the tooth and is a brilliant example of Sri Lanka’s tolerant ways towards other religions. It’s very traditionally Anglican, just like you would find in the UK! It was built in 1848 and was used as a Garrison church for the British troops during the colonial era. It is quite a marvelous sight and a sign of the Colonial past of Sri Lanka that still survives today.