Kandy, the splendid hill country situated in the heart of Sri Lanka with its gleaming serene lake, bordered with pallid parapets, overlooking the Dalada Maligawa and grand Queens Hotel is an enthralling city snuggled around misty hills loaded with the country’s finest tea shrubs. No vacation inSri Lankais complete without a visit to this edifying ancient capital.Kandywas the final self-governing realm before the country was invaded by the British in 1815 and tourists can get a glimpse of the ancient distinctive empire and the city’s iconic splendor. The town draws thousands of tourists annually to experience mystical charm, breathtaking scenery and religious events that occur around the seasons. Listed below are some of the major attractions of the hill country.
Dalada Maligawa- the Temple of the Tooth
Standing domineeringly beside the topaz coloured lake is the Dalada Maligawa. This regal fortress houses one of the ancient relics of Buddhism- the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha. Large numbers of locals as well as tourists embark on the annual pilgrimage to the site to view the ancient coffer holding the artifact. If you happen to visit the country in the months of July and August, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the glorious religious procession known as the Esala Perahera, an annual event with hundreds of costumed traditional dancers and brightly clad elephants parading the streets ofKandy.
Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya
Feast your eyes on the outcome of the rich fertile grounds of the country by visiting the botanical gardens of Peradeniya. With acres of exotic plants, different species of flowering plants and ancient trees, the gardens of Peradeniya are a nature lover’s haven. Wander about the well maintained grounds, orchid houses and spice groves and long palm bordered paths. It is luxurious spectacle that will last a lifetime.
The Knuckles Mountain Range
If you happen to sport a love for more adrenaline pumping activities a trek to the Knuckles Mountain Range will do you good. You will unmistakably steal a look at several rare animals and some awesome views of the hill country. The forest authorities have cleared several paths through the woodland to make your expedition less dangerous and this is an ideal opportunity to get a closer contact with such pristine and uncontaminated foliage.
The Kandyan Lankatilaka Temple
Out in the suburbs ofKandy is theLankatilakaTemple, one of the best safeguarded prototypes of ancient architecture; the temple is always worth the visit. Marvel at the ancient handiwork of the steps carved into the rocks, domed passages leading to chambers with elaborately crafted statues and halls and the masterpiece, a gigantic golden statue of the Buddha.
As you explore this stunning and cultural city, rich in customs and picturesque surroundings, you will find yourself hungry for whatever spectacles the town has to offer. This beautiful city also has various luxurious hotels and resorts to rest and relax after all the tiring ambles.