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Top 5 Things to do in Kandy – Exploring The Kingdom in the Hills

The ancient kingdom of Kandy in Sri Lanka offers an enchanting getaway in the hills where one can experience an old world charm. Here are some top things you can look forward to doing when here.

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Visiting the Temple of the Tooth

Visiting the Temple of the Tooth

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Temple of the Tooth houses a sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha and is one of the most significant temples in the country. A focal point of the annual Kandy Perahera, the site offers a fascinating insight into local temple architecture showcased at the Audience Hall and the Alut Maligawa which features the Sri Dalada Museum too. An easy way to enjoy such sites is to sign up for hill country tours offered by tour operators such as Walkers Tours.

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Exploring the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Exploring the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Home to over 4,000 species of plants, this breathtaking botanical gardens is an ideal place to unwind with the entire family. Within its scenic confines one will find varied sections each offering something different to see; stroll along the Avenue of Palms and view the historic Cannonball Tree, get a whiff of exotic aromas at the spice garden and view the colourful collection on display at the Orchid House.

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Shopping at the Kandy City Centre (KCC)

Shopping at the Kandy City Centre (KCC)

The opening of the Kandy City Centre has offered plenty of fun retail therapy in the hill capital at this modern shopping centre. You can shop for a wide variety of items at this mall including fashion, electronics, international watches and jewellery, while spa therapies are available too for those looking to unwind after a hectic day of shopping.

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Walk around the Kandy Lake

Walk around the Kandy Lake

In the heart of the city one will find the picturesque Kandy Lake, an idyllic area where one can unwind. Bordered by shady trees, the lake is a favourite hangout spot for young and old alike and one can have a snack by its waters or walk around it, enjoying the views and the shade. While you can see a number of bird species by the water, for further exploration look to take a boat ride on Kandy Lake to complete your experience.

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Strolling through the Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary

Strolling through the Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary

Nature lovers will love exploring this forest sanctuary which is ideally located within easy reach of the city centre. Featuring a range of plant and tree life, this reserve is a great place to go walking and as you make your way through the forest you can look forward to seeing monkeys as well as a large number of bird species including the Layard's parakeet, brown-capped babbler, emerald dove and crimson-fronted barbet.