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UNFORGETTABLE PLACES TO VISIT IN KANDY – The historic Kingdom

Kandy was the last standing kingdom that fought to stay in power during the period where the British were taking over the island. Today, walking through the streets of Kandy feels like a journey back in time with some fantastic attractions and things to do.

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Getting here

Getting to Kandy is no difficult task. You can either opt for a car journey which will cost around Rs.6000 – Rs. 7000 in an Uber or a local app called Pickme. Looking for a cheaper option? How about a bus ride? This will take about 3-4 hours and cost just Rs. 400 per head. But the best way to get to Kandy is via train. You can either book your tickets for the air-conditioned compartment or 1st or 2nd class. This too will not cost much, but you'll have a wonderful view throughout your journey.

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How long to stay

Although there are things to do in Kandy and see in Kandy, most of the attractions are located quite close to each other, therefore, it will not take much time. One day would be sufficient, but it's better to give yourself time to relax a little too. Besides, the accommodation options in Kandy are awesome and you might just want to linger a little longer for some comfort here.

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Daladha Maligawa

This was once a palace where a magnificent temple was then built to hold the sacred tooth of the Lord Buddha which was bought to Sri Lanka in the early days. It is a large complex with a museum depicting stories of Kings and devotees to the religion.

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The Royal Botanical Gardens

This garden is a large complex with many species of plants. If you are a nature lover, this is definitely a place you must visit during your visit to Kandy. Don't forget to take plenty of pictures. The beautiful surroundings will bring you peace of mind and leave you refreshed. Places to stay like Mountbatten Bungalow are just a 15-minute drive away from this attraction.

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Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake is an iconic attraction here and perfect for an evening stroll. There are a few benches here and there where you can sit in the light breeze and soak in the views of the lovely lake. There is an island in the middle of the lake as well. There are many historical stories revolving around the lake.

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Bahiravakanda Vihara Buddha

There stands a stark white magnificent statue of Lord Buddha atop a hill in Kandy and this spot is popular among locals and foreigners alike. The view of the Kandyan Kingdom from there is absolutely amazing. You can reach the spot by tuk-tuk or you could walk up there. However, if you've decided to walk, then it's best to go in the evening.

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The Kandy National Museum

If history is your passion, then feed your curiosity about the Kandyan Kingdom right here at the Kandy national museum situated close to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Therefore, you can visit both together and plan a day just for some history!

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