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Top 5 Places to Visit in Kandy – A Mystical City in The Hills

The city of Kandy in Sri Lanka inherits a rich cultural and historical legacy. Here travellers will have the opportunity to visit a number of well-known attractions, including those described below.

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Temple of the Tooth

The greatly revered Temple of the Tooth is regarded as being one of Sri Lanka's most venerated religious sites as well as a significant cultural attraction. This temple houses the priceless tooth relic of Gautama Buddha and accordingly is visited by Buddhist devotees from all over the island as well as other parts of Asia. Many sightseers also visit this temple which contains many features of interest. The Temple of the Tooth is considered to be a vital part of the heritage of the Sinhala people of Sri Lanka, and is regarded as being a national treasure. In fact, according to tradition, the possessor of the relic is believed to have the right to rule this nation.

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Udawattakele Sanctuary

The attractive Udawattakele Sanctuary is a pristine extent of forestland located in the environs of the city of Kandy. Located amidst the hilly terrain of the area this natural sanctuary occupies 257 acres of forestland. This natural sanctuary is regarded as being one of the country's most important bio-reserves, and at one time was regarded as an important possession of the royalty of Kandy. In fact centuries ago only the local royalty were permitted to visit this natural reserve which was out of bounds to the common people. Today this reserve acts as an important water catchment area for the city of Kandy and also serves to purify the local air supply.

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Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

If you love trees and plants you are sure to be enthralled by the remarkable Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This splendid park occupies an extent of 147 acres and contains a mesmerizing selection of many kinds of botanical treasures. Here you will find an outstanding selection of flora native to Sri Lanka, the region of Asia and many other locations around the world. Renowned sections of these entrancing gardens include the Royal Palm Avenue and the captivating Great Circle situated at the heart of the gardens. Another popular part of the gardens is the Great Lawn which contains the well-known huge Javan fig tree.

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Commonwealth War Cemetery

Sightseers touring Kandy may take the opportunity to visit the renowned Commonwealth War Cemetery. This graveyard serves as a memorial of the many brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation during World War II. You will see that this cemetery looks attractive and has been maintained meticulously. You will find more than 190 graves within this pleasant cemetery. Although there are in fact a number of commonwealth war cemeteries within the island nation of Sri Lanka, this one in Kandy is regarded as being the finest because of its beautifully maintained appearance and lovely surroundings. As you enjoy these attractions a choice of accommodation that you may consider would be one of the fine Kandy hotels such as the conveniently located Earl's Regency.

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Horton Plains National Park

The picturesque Horton Plains National Park is a magnificent natural sanctuary situated in proximity to the city of Kandy. This national park is renowned for its splendid scenery and natural attractions that are sure to enthral the nature lover. This park features a remarkable selection of terrains and landscapes that will capture the interest of the visitor. Here you will find beautiful waterfalls, misty lakes and many kinds of interesting wildlife. At Horton Plains National Park you will have the opportunity to view creatures such as sambar deer, wild boars, leopards and purple-faced langur monkeys in addition to many kinds of interesting birds.