The famous Kandy Lake is a beautiful attraction situated in the midst of the hill country. It was constructed in 1807 by the Kandyan monarch Sri Wickrema Rajasinha who was also the last king of Sri Lanka. Located adjacent to the revered Temple of the Tooth, this picturesque lake has become inseparable with the city of Kandy. Today it is a protected body of water, in which fishing has been prohibited. Many legendary stories and folk traditions are associated with this unmistakable lake.
Although it is a manmade creation, the lake remains the principal body of water in the central region of Sri Lanka. The land which was used for its construction was originally a paddy field, and the elaborate project was controversial as it was expensive and laborious. However, the king tolerated no criticism, executing the advisors who expressed negative sentiments regarding the lavish endeavour. The king’s unjustified and heavy-handed policies led to revolts and uprisings from the Kandyan nobility, ultimately leading to his capture by the British colonialists.
The Kandy Lake features a depth of no less than 60 feet at its deepest point, and a total perimeter of more than two miles, remarkable measurements for a manmade body of water of the period. An ornamental wall, the Cloud or ‘Walakulu’ Wall extends for more than 2,000 feet alongside the shoreline of the lake.One of the most attractive aspects of the lake is the picturesque island which is situated at its centre. This pretty islet is an appealing sight with its thickets of bamboo and palm trees. This secluded location originally served as the place where the queens, concubines, and court ladies would bathe. The British invaders added another storey to the existing building so as to create a library.
The environs of Kandy Lake is an ideal location for a relaxing stroll or jog. The shaded pathway which encircles the body of water provides panoramic views of the town and the surrounding hills. Visitors to the hill capital should make it a point to admire this magical creation.
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