Rich in heritage, Sri Lanka was a country that saw countless powerful kingdoms come and go until the very last kingdom that held out for a long time before succumbing to colonial rule. This is the Kandyan kingdom, the city that to this day hold all its culture and heritage intact. Visit the museums and learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
1. The Temple of the Tooth
The Temple of the Tooth Relic is one of Buddhism’s most prominent places of pilgrimage. The temple is located within the royal palace complex and is said to contain a relic of the Buddha. Thousands flock to offer their prayers here every day.
2. The National Museum
All the hotels in Kandy will also recommend that you visit the National Museum. It is curated inside what once used to be the Queen’s and concubine residence at the palace. It depicts Kandyan era weapons, ceremonial costumes and ancient manuscripts.
3. The Archaeological Museum
The King’s Palace is home to the Archaeological Museum. Find out the opening times and ticket prices at your local hotel. places like Earl’s Regent Kandy will get the tickets for you and arrange a ride. The museum displays a lot of ancient artefacts.
4. The Museum of Raja the Tusker
A smaller museum is one dedicated to Raja the Tusker; an elephant that carried the tooth relic in the annual Perahera for many years, this gigantic animal was beloved of the people of Kandy and there was a period of mourning after the elephant’s passing.