Sri Lanka post war has been an up and coming tourist destination. All year around the country welcomes tourists from all parts of the world. Most come in search of the sun and the sea, some want to explore the rich culture and heritage of the country. For those that wish to travel beyond the beaches there’s still a lot the island has in store!
Kandy is the second most urbanized city in the country and was the last standing kingdom before falling to the hands of the British. The city is associated with rich heritage and culture and often visited by tourist. There are various ways to get to the city from the capital; however those who prefer convenience often go with the choice of Rent a car. Sri Lanka has various providers of such services. However most go with Online rent a car due to the ease of booking and the security.
Those who visit Kandy should not miss the opportunity to visit one of the most eye catching botanical gardens in the country. The Royal Botanical Gardens Peradeniya attracts around 2 million local and international visitors annually. Located about 5 kilometers from the heart of Kandy, the experience the garden has to offer is serene. The gardens include around 4000 species of plants which include orchids, palms and medicinal plants. The gardens cover approximately 150 acres of land.
The origin of the gardens dates back to the late 1300s’ and is believed to have been kept court by the then king. The gardens were expanded by George Gardner under the British rule and then came under the department of agriculture in 1912.
The strolls around the garden are both relaxing as well as educating. There are various other places of interest in Kandy such as the temple of the tooth relic, the Embekke temple and Kandy hosts one of the most highly rated Buddhist ceremonies known as the Esala Perahera.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.