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Top 10 Things to See in Kandy - Explore the hill capital of Sri Lanka

Kandy is a delightful city in the hill country of Sri Lanka and apart from the various important locations, there are several attractions that make Kandy a special place in the little island.


Temple of the Tooth Relic

Dalada Maligawa which is the more common name for the Temple of the Tooth Relic is referred to as is the number one attraction in Kandy. The stunning building which used to be the palace of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe is now the home for the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Kandy Esela Perahera which takes place annually in Kandy is hosted by the Temple of the Tooth Relic. During this time bookings overflow at Kandy Hotels. Sri Lanka becomes a must-visit location from June to August due to this stunning event that takes place.


Museum of the Temple of the Tooth Relic

The Museum of the Dalada Maligawa is a great location for the history buffs as there are so many different details you can find and there are many exhibits that used to belong to Kings and Queens back in the golden days.


Walk around the Kandy lake

The Temple of the Tooth Relic is located adjacent to the Kandy Lake and in order to complete the experience of the Dalada Maligawa it is a lovely experience to walk around the lake and look at the building from across the lake.


Bahirawakanda Temple

The Bahirawakanda temple is also known as the Big Buddha Temple In Kandy. The stunning structure is made atop a small hill from where you can see the Kandy city in all its glory, similar to where many five-star hotels the likes of Hotel Topaz is situated. The Buddha Statue used to be painted in a bright gold but then was later repainted in White in order to symbolise peace and harmony.


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a lovely place to explore to find indigenous plants and the location is well maintained and makes the perfect location for an outdoor picnic in the warm sunny weather in Kandy


Kandyan Dancing

Kandyan Dancing is a type of dancing that is unique to the upcountry capital Kandy city. These dancers have been practicing these techniques for many years some of them have been mastering the art and techniques from the age of 3 years. There are traditional Kandyan dancing performances held in several locations in Kandy where you can witness this beautiful traditional dance act.


Tea factory

Tea is one of the main cultivations in Kandy, Nuwaraeliya, Bandarawela and other cities in the Central province.


The Commonwealth Cemetery

The Commonwealth Cemetery is a beautifully maintained location and you will be able to see so many names of different soldiers from around the world that sacrificed their lives for World War 2


Visit the Soya Centre

Food is undoubtedly one of the best aspects of travelling. The soya centre in Kandy is popular among the locals as it has been around for many years and has been maintaining their service, quality of the food and developing new recipes to keep the customers coming back. The ice cream with three scoops is the most popular item at the soya centre which is located next to the YMCA.


Walk around the city

Kandy city is compact and small so you can cover the city on foot in a day or even a few hours if you do not get distracted and make a stop at every shop and every street food stall.

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