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Why you should visit Kandy at night- A refreshing perspective.

Kandy is the undisputed cultural capital of the country and was the last kingdom before the British took over. It is not usual to explore this city in the night but there are the reasons why you should!


A little bit more on the city

This little city is perched amidst the lush green central highlands to which it owes the pleasant climate. It has preserved the culture and unique customs which is evident when you look around. Since the city welcomes many tourists and even locals from other cities all year round, there are many options for accommodation- from the newly erected ones to hotels that have been around for quite a while and have a history associated with it. Most prefer to stay somewhere close to the town in places like the Oak Ray Heritage Kandy as it makes travelling in and around the city much more convenient.
There are quite a few things to do in Kandy, Sri Lanka out of which most are usually done during the day. However, exploring the same spots in the night gives a refreshing perspective that adds to a whole new experience.


The Kandy Lake

Despite the fact it is located right in the centre of the dominating busy town, the iconic Kandy Lake still manages to remain calm and serene. The notable Temple of the Tooth is located around the corner and in the night, can be seen all lit up, with its reflection on the calm waters of the lake that makes it for a great picture. There are boat rides available and if you could reach the lake just before sunset, you should be able to hop onto one of the swan boats or a speed boat, depending on your preference.


Temple of the Sacred Tooth

Kandy, famed for being one of the sacred Buddhist sites in the world, is home to this temple called the Sri Dalada Maligawa, that houses one of the most treasured and important Buddhist relics- a tooth of the Lord Buddha. Due to this reason, it has also been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most striking feature of the architecture of the temple is the golden canopy which can be found over the main shrine that is surrounded by a golden fence. The canopy looks absolutely magnificent under the moonlight, both glimmering softly and lighting up the darkness around- there's a sense of tranquillity that washes over you.
The temple is open till 8 pm. Please do ensure you dress modestly as a sign of respect.


Kandy View Point

A short hike up the hill that is near the lake will take you to the viewpoint from which you can get quite a panoramic view of the city and the lake below. To ensure safety and better vision, it is recommended to go here before sunset while there is still light and make yourself familiar with the path so that when you come down, it will be much easier. Take a few snacks with you and sit atop the hill and take in the sight as the sun goes down and the city starts to light up.

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