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Top Things to Do in Kandy – The Highlights of the Hill Capital

If you visit the highland city of Kandy you will find many interesting things to do, like visiting the Temple of the Tooth, exploring the Udawattekele Sanctuary, viewing the Commonwealth War Cemetery, and more.


Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

The greatly venerated Temple of the Tooth Relic is a religious attraction that draws numerous sightseers in addition to countless Buddhist devotees from all over Sri Lanka. This is because this temple is believed to house a tooth relic of Gautama Buddha himself. Each day Buddhist monks carry out prayers in honour of the relic. However, it is not possible for visitors to see the tooth relic itself as it is kept safely within a golden casket. In addition to the principal temple, you will find a number of lesser temples and shrines within the complex along with museums.


Explore the Udawattekele Sanctuary

Nature lovers should undoubtedly take the opportunity to visit the pleasant Udawattekele Sanctuary in Kandy. In times past this nature reserve was a retreat that was reserved for the local royalty. Today, it is a significant bio reserve for the city of Kandy. This verdant sanctuary extends over an area of 104 hectares whilst being recognised as an outstanding locality for viewing different kinds of birds. In addition to no less than 80 varieties of birds, you will have the opportunity to spot various kinds of insects and mammals here.


View the Commonwealth War Cemetery

History enthusiasts are likely to be intrigued by Kandy's Commonwealth War Cemetery. At this well-known cemetery, you will find the graves of the brave soldiers who laid down their lives in defence of the country during World War II. You will find that this cemetery is meticulously maintained whilst containing more than 190 graves. Visitors will also be able to enjoy fine views of the surrounding landscapes whilst visiting this popular tourist attraction in Kandy.


Stroll through the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Anyone with an interest in different kinds of plants and botanical specimens will be in their element at the engrossing Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Here the visitor will encounter a diverse selection of botanical varieties including some exotic and unusual specimens. Some of the highlights at these gardens include the giant bamboo from Burma – a variety which grows as much as a foot each day – in addition to the cannonball tree, the Javan fig tree and double coconut palm.


Take in the views from Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Another interesting religious attraction is the Bahiravokanda Vihara with its immense Buddha statue. This statue which stands 88 feet tall is a prominent sight that can be seen from afar. This location also offers panoramic views across the city of Kandy. You will see that this statue looks even more resplendent after nightfall when it is illuminated by lights. In Sri Lanka, luxury resorts can be found in this city and such an accommodation choice to consider from which this attraction would be within easy reach would be Earl's Regency Kandy.


Walk around Kandy Lake

Many visitors to this city take the opportunity to stroll around the picturesque Kandy Lake. This lake will be a great place at which to relax and unwind after your sightseeing or shopping exertions. A wonderful location at which to spend quality leisure time, Kandy Lake also offers scenic views over the nearby areas. This lake will also be a great choice for a romantic stroll for couples desiring to enjoy each other's company. You will also find that Kandy Lake is surrounded by a host of interesting historical and cultural attractions.