Located at the heart of Sri Lanka, Kandy has great significance in terms of Sri Lanka’s heritage. With a long and vibrant history lending to the colonial era of the country and the birth of religion, Kandy has within its parameters various attractions that draw tourists to the country.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth
To Sri Lankan Buddhists, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth is the epitome of their devotion to religion. Located opposite the Kandy Lake and 24 minutes away from Amaya Hills, the temple is believed to house one of Gautama Buddha’s canines, which is an item of great importance to Sri Lankan Buddhists. The temple premises were also once the royal residence; found North of the temple is the Royal Palace of Sri Lanka. Surrounding the temple are many hotels in Kandy, which makes getting here easy for travellers.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Inspiring historians, archaeologists, and tourists alike, Dambulla Cave Temple is a series of caves containing various historically and religiously important items. Within the temple are Buddha statues, carvings and various paintings. Sitting at the top of a 600 feet rock, the site also happens to be an excellent vantage point.
Horton Plains National Park
Visiting Horton Plains National Park is one of the must-do things in Kandy. A sprawling plateau is home to a number of wild animals such as deer, elk, wild hare, wild boar, and leopard; visitors are also greeted by many endemic and migratory birds. Hiking and camping are popular activities here.
Don’t forget to add colour to your Kandy trip by doing a bit of shopping while here. The Central Market is a local marketplace, and the Kandy City Centre is the main supermarket; the centre houses various designer stores, accessory shops, and handicrafts stores.