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Welcome to The Hill Country of Sri Lanka - Discovering Sri Lanka's most beautiful places

Kandy is in a nutshell, breath-taking. Adored with a mosaic of sheer beauty and deep-rooted history there is plenty you can absorb and relish in this hill country. Here are some must-visit attractions in Kandy.


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Located up on the mountains in the heart of beautiful Sri Lanka, Kandy supports a rich and abundant plant life that comes in varying colours and shapes. For this reason and more one of Sri Lanka's most profound gardens is located in this very city that can in a heartbeat take your breath away. Ornamented by a plethora of some rare and exotic species of plants, this attraction's appeal is just as much to the biologist as it is for couples looking for a romantic stroll along tree filled greenery. One of the oldest gardens in the city, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens was established in the year 1821 by the famous Alexander Moon. From then till today the garden has retained a sense of tranquillity and is known to draw to its gates an estimated 2 million visitors every year. With exquisite highlights such as the Rose Garden and the Orchid House, the garden is without a doubt a masterpiece in the Central Province.


Dalada Maligawa

If spirituality is your cup of tea you would absolutely love what the Dalada Maligawa brings to the table. Being by far the most venerated temples in all of Sri Lanka this sacred Temple of The Tooth exhibits Buddhism from culture to history and draws Buddhists from all over the globe to its doors. The Dalada Maligawa is translated to the Temple of The Tooth mainly because it is believed to enshrine the very tooth of Lord Buddha which has been in the island for centuries and even played a major role in the country's governance at a time. The temple is located in the heart of Kandy city by the banks of the famous Kandy Lake within easy reach from a number of popular Sri Lanka vacations and tour hotspots.


Tea Estates

The Hill Country of Sri Lanka is famed for its tea estates and common sight to see are the many mountain slopes covered in the distinctive green of tea bushes. Nuwara Eliya, known for its quaint colonial charm, is one of the best places in the central region to see and explore such tea estates. Here you will be able to not only walk amidst tea bushes but also have the chance to interact with local tea pluckers and depending on the estate you visit, get a chance to see how the tea leaves are processed on the way to becoming world famous Ceylon Tea. If you are looking for places to stay, get ideas from tour agents like Walkers Tours for accommodations from which to explore the town and the surrounding tea estates.


Kandy National Museum

For a holistic dose of the renowned Kandyan history, a visit to the Kandy National Museum is an absolute must. Exhibiting a myriad of treasures from the yesteryears of this nation there is a plenty one can learn here about Sri Lanka's history, culture, and traditions.

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