Sapphire blue sky, cool breeze that flies from the mountainous terrain, traditional drums playing in reverence of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha highlights the breathtaking beauty of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Standing proudly surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, Kandy is the proud central province of the country. The Kandy Lake adds this serene beauty to the hill-country as it stands framing the architectural beauty, the Royal palace which is now the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Kandy was the last capital of the Ancient Sri Lanka, and is known for its beauty and hospitality. The Royal Gardens adorn the place, with efflorescent blooms that fall on to the path, inviting you in. With scented petals and intricate designs, this is a very famous tourist destination.
Weather and Distance to Kandy
Kandy is has a cool climate in contrast to most other places in the country, but it has the blissful sun shining as well. Kandy offers some great deal of tourist accommodations as well.
Renowned as the religious capital, as it serves as the pinnacle of Buddhist veneration. The Temple of the Tooth Relic attracts thousands of tourists.
Kandy, the hill country stands 114 km away from the current capital, Colombo. It’s about 2:45h away.
What to do in Kandy
Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic
The Sacred Temple of the Tooth accommodates the left tooth of the Lord Buddha and receives sacred veneration by the Buddhists. The temple covers a large area and has several museums and shrines you can visit. The scented incense fills the air and the traditional drums are played during the puja. During Puja, the tooth is displayed to the tourists and the locals in the golden casket.
Visit the Museums
The temple complex has a large number of Museums and shrines erected so you can witness the ancient history of Buddhism and of Sri Lanka. There’s a special Museum for Raja the Elephant, who carried the casket during the Perahera ceremonies before he passed away.
There’s also a newly erected museum revealing the transcendence of Buddhism and how Buddhism spread in different countries.
Watch the Perahera!
The Kandy Perahera Ceremony is a renowned event that takes place every August. The Sacred Tooth Relic is brought out for the Buddhists to worship along with beautiful dancers and breathtaking performances by fire. There are many variations of dance, Kandyan dancers with their drummers who do marvels while performing, specially trained fire dancers, whip crackers and many more forms of dance that are definitely marvelous!
There are flag bearers, drummers of various kinds, and finally tuskers and elephants lavishly decorated for the ceremony. You might catch an elephant dancing to the beat too!
The Royal Gardens of Peradeniya
The Royal Gardens is a stunning place, filled with the flora of different kinds. There are many endemic species to Sri Lanka, and the paths are always decorated with the intricate petals and majestic trees standing tall. This destination is something you shouldn’t miss!
Take a walk around the Kandy Lake
The Kandy lake is surly a stunning sight to see. With tall trees growing at its borders, and the reflection of the Temple of the Tooth Relic on the glistening waters, the Kandy Lake resonates serenity. You can also go on a boat ride in these green waters!
Where to stay
There are so many places that are ready to extend their hospitality to you! From prices ranging from 10$ to as high as 5-star hotels, Kandy offers a great number of great hotels. You can choose any to suit your budget.
Kandyan food is definitely one of the most delicious foods in the country. The perfect blend of spices, with amazing ingredients, Kandy would probably be one of your favorite travel spots!
In conclusion, Kandy is an incredible travel destination that you wouldn’t want to miss! So book your tickets now with Travel Sri Lanka!
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