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05 Cool Things to Do in Kandy- Fun things to do in the hill capital!

Pretty and historical Kandy town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its incredible Temple of the Tooth! However, if you want to do some ultra-cool things, look no further than some of the interesting activities below.


A picnic at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

The Botanic Gardens lies 5.5 km from central Kandy Town in the nearby city of Peradeniya. There are at least 4000 species of endemic plants here and an assortment of orchids; one of the gardens star attractions! Although the gardens have been there since the time of the Kings, it was converted into a Botanical Garden by the British in 1821. The gardens offer ideal spaces for a relaxing afternoon stroll or picnic! Nearby is Peradeniya University, which has earned a reputation for its scenic beauty! Built on the lesser inclines of the Hanthane Mountains, the Mahaweli River runs along the campus grounds to add to its beauty. There are vast manicured gardens, hedges, large flowering trees, colonial-type architecture, Greek-style Theatre, and many bridges to explore.


Nature trails at Udawattakele

Udawattakele lies towards the northern ridge of the Hantane and overlooks the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth. At present, it is a Forest Reserve. It was once the royal pleasure garden of the Kandyan Royalty. It is now accessible for visitors for a small entrance fee, and visitors can hike across many paths in this reserve of 257 acres. All kinds of birds, reptiles, and deer live here, alongside a rich floral density. Sections of the reserve are occupied by meditating Buddhist monks, with at least three hermitages and many caves.


Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

It is hard to miss this Buddha statue in pristine white, overlooking the town with a gentle gaze. Built in 1972, and at 27 metres, it is among the biggest statues of Lord Buddha on the island. Once atop, you will get to see panoramic views of the city and lake below. Visit here at dusk or in the afternoon to witness a beautiful sunset overlooking the town. The temple surroundings are serene and peaceful and are beset by worshippers in the evening.


Explore the local markets

Explore the central market found between Sri Dalada Veediya Road and Colombo-Kandy Road. This area is known as the old Kandy town and is packed with a maze of sellers and stores trading various goods. You can find clothes, fruit, knock-off t-shirts, caps, shoes, vegetables, snacks, toys, trinkets, gadgets and electrical ware. It is packed with locals doing their shopping sprees, and a good place to people watch! While in this section of the town, do check out Giragama Walawwa, spectacular Kandyan-style ancestral mansions. You can also visit the Red Mosque of Kandy and the vibrant Kataragama Hindu temple, while there. If you are looking for accommodation, the city has many places you can stay at. Some of the hotels in Kandy, such as the likes of Earl's Regent Kandy, are popular with many people.


Sunset at Arthur's Seat

Located within Kandy city limits, and ascending over 1790 feet, the sunset from Arthur's seat overlooks the charming Kandy Town. The vista includes the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy Lake, and the Royal Palace! Also, visible in the clear sky are the encircling seven mountain peaks of the Hanthana mountain range and surrounding tea estates.

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