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The Lesser Known Places in Kandy - Deeper explorations

There are about five to six places in Kandy that almost every visitor will take a look at but this list is about the lesser-known places in this hillside destination.


The Udawattakele sanctuary

The historic jungle reserve that is found right on the Hill edge behind the temple of the relic, this place has been existing since the time of the Kandyan Kingdom. Historians even say that the last king of Kandy had his palace built a right inside the grounds of reserve and jungle. Also, another known king will give up his Royal duties to become a hermit monk and supposedly lived in a cave that is found inside this Sanctuary. If you are put up at a hotel in Kandy which his centrally-located the likes of Kings Pavilion, this place can be visited right after your visit the Temple Of The Tooth Relic. Spreading out for more than 250 acres this sanctuary is a great place that is rich in biodiversity and has a lot in of plants, trees and animals you might want to take a look at.


The British Garrison cemetery

This might sound like quite a sad place to visit during your holiday in Sri Lanka but people who visit this place say that it has quite a nice vibe with a touch of nostalgia attached to it. Located close to the temple and the sanctuary stated above, this cemetery can be found right next to the national museum of Kandy and has been existing since the British times. The cemetery was in use from the year 1870 and until the Year 1909. People say the cemetery was named as such because the British soldiers during that time were buried here. Apart from being a beautiful green garden and cemetery, this place is also a significant historic site in Kandy.


The Royal bath

Found about two to three kilometres away from the city-centre the Royal Bath is an open-air bath that takes water from the canal next to it. Made out of granite, this stone bath is used even today to supply water for public baths.


Arthur seat

This is a viewpoint that can be found on top of a small hill in the Southwest part of the Kandy lake and is perfect for birdwatching and having a great view of the city. Named as such, this seat was carved out of the rock by a planter who used to live there by the name of Arthur so that he ould have this view of Kandy from there he was. This is a popular place to visit if you want to get great photographs of the Lake from above but sadly not many people seem to know about this.


The library of the Tooth Relic

Not everybody who visits the temple of the tooth relic takes the time to visit the library but if you are new to Kandy and want to learn about the history of the temple and about the significance it has to Buddhism this might be a good place to explore and spend some time in.

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