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Top Things to do in Kandy – A World of Wonders to Explore

Kandy is one of the Most Exquisite destinations in Sri Lanka for it encompasses the best of history, beauty and spirituality all in a single location. For the best coverage of Kandy here are the top things to do in the city

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Bask in the Beauty of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Bask in the Beauty of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

The Peredeniya Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest gardens in Sri Lanka that was established in the year 1821 by Alexender Moon. Perfectly reflecting the picturesque setting of the Kandy city, the Peredeniya Garden is enchanting in every way. Adorned with a collection of the islands finest flora the garden is just as appealing to a botanist as it is to a lover. With major highlights such as the rose and orchid garden, this tranquil little piece of Kandy is said to attract at least 2 million visitors year round.

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Pay a visit to the Embekka Devalaya

Pay a visit to the Embekka Devalaya

The Embekka Devalaya is an ancient temple in the Kandy city that is said to be constructed by King Vikramabahu III of Gampola Era. This sacred spot in the city is dedicated to Katharagama Deviyo and a local deity called Devatha Bandara is also worshiped at this site. There are 3 main halls that form part of the temple compound which is called the "Sanctum of Garagha", the "Dancing Hall" and the "Drummers' Hall". It is in fact the drummer’s hall that has placed this temple on the map for the many ornate wood carving combined with exquisite pillars and a high pitched roof gives this place of worship, a majestic appearance.

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Explore the Sacred Temple of the Tooth

Explore the Sacred Temple of the Tooth

If spirituality is your cup of tea you would absolutely love what the Dalada Maligawa brings to the table. Being by far the most venerated temples in Sri Lanka this sacred temple of the tooth embeds the roots of Buddhism and in fact draws Buddhists to its doors from all over the globe. The Dalada Maligawa is translated to the temple of the tooth mainly because it is believed to enshrine the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha which has been in the island for centuries and even played a major role in the governance of the island at a time. The temple is located in the heart of Kandy city by the banks of the famous Kandy Lake and offers plenty of information on the islands history and spiritual values.

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Walk back time in the Kandy National Museum

Walk back time in the Kandy National Museum

Kandy is one part of Sri Lanka that is etched with plenty of rich history thanks to being the final capital of the once Kingdom of Ceylon. Much of the treasures from the hay days of this city is carefully preserved at the Kandy National Museum which is a perfect destination for anyone inquisitive about the history of this nation. Whether you are staying at the secret Kandy or any of the other resorts in this hill city a visit to this museum is one of the best things to do in Kandy Sri Lanka.