Kandy Lake – ” The Sea of Milk”

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The city of Kandy is among Sri Lanka’s most attractive destinations given its claim to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. However, the beautiful Kandy Lake is an equally iconic feature!

Kandy Lake| Img by: Daran Kandasamy via FlickrCC BY-ND 2.0


The Kandy Lake is synonymous with many names such as the Kiri Muhuda meaning ”sea of milk”. The man-made lake was built under the patronage of the last king of Sri Lanka, Sri Wickrama Rajasingha in the year 1807. According to the historical chronicles, the lake was designed by Meegastenne Mahaadikaram. There are many legends surrounding the lake related to royal intrigue which includes a secret tunnel connecting the royal palace to a small island in the middle of the water body.


2.1 miles in the perimeter and possessing a depth of 60 feet, the lake is truly a picturesque spot that lends glamour to the unique identity of the city. A decorative wall called walakulu bemma surrounds the banks which were supposedly built by the British.

How to Get There

Located smack dab in the middle of the city, the lake area can be reached easily from many a hotel in Kandy including the likes of Mahaweli Reach Hotel.

Things to Do

The lake and the surrounding embankment areas is a great place to go for a stroll. One can enjoy some quiet time on a bench by the cool waters any time of the day. You can also visit the Sri Dalada Maligawa which is located just opposite the lake.



Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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