Kandy City

Kandy, the charming hill capital of Sri Lanka and the second largest city in the island is located at an altitude of 465 meters above sea level and 129 km northeast of Colombo. Nestled between low hills of the Hantana mountain range and the meandering Mahaweli River, Kandy is also the country's religious and cultural center. Take a fascinating walk through the sacred city of Kandy, which is a UNESCO declared World Heritage City and discover amazing sights and breathtaking sceneries. The city was developed in the 14th century and became the capital of the Kingdom of Kandy in the 16th century. Kandy continues the living tradition of the arts and crafts, music and dance and song which flourished continuously in the island nation for centuries.

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    Kandy, the charming hill capital of Sri Lanka and the second largest city in the island is located at an altitude of 465 meters above sea level and 129 km northeast of Colombo. Nestled between low hills of the Hantana mountain range and the meandering Mahaweli River, Kandy is also the country's religious and cultural center. Take a fascinating walk through the sacred city of Kandy, which is a UNESCO declared World Heritage City and discover amazing sights and breathtaking sceneries. The city was developed in the 14th century and became the capital of the Kingdom of Kandy in the 16th century. Kandy continues the living tradition of the arts and crafts, music and dance and song which flourished continuously in the island nation for centuries.


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    The Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Kandy is located in the valley of Kandy, built in the era of the last Kandyan king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. The Royal Palace of Kandy itself was built with the temple being a significant and sacred part of it’s royal architecture. 


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    In the ‘Magul Maduwa’ of the palace is where the king met his ministers and performed his daily administrative duties. This was referred to by local residents as the ‘Maha Naduwa’ (Supreme Court), as this building was used by the king as a court house as well.


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    The building of the museum was built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe and originally known as the ‘Palle Vahala’, used for accommodation for kings and queens. Many valuable historical objects and artifacts dating from the 17th and 18th centuries are displayed here in addition to items of the post-British colonial era.


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    British Garrison Cemetery (also known as the Kandy Garrison Cemetery) is a British cemetery in Kandy, Sri Lanka, for British nationals who died in Ceylon.


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    Kandy Lake, also called ‘Kiri Muhuda’ or Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill capital, Kandy, Sri Lanka. It was built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. It has been downsized over the years and a protected lake where fishing is forbidden.


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    Peradeniya University, built in 1942, is one of the oldest and most esteemed institutions in Sri Lanka located in the valley of the picturesque Hantana mountain range.


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    Gannoruwa is the best park in Sri Lanka to gain more knowledge about agrobiology and visit the main areas of the park. Vegetable garden, root and tuber cultures, plant genetic resources, hi-tec farming, orchard, banana garden, environmentally friendly integrated agriculture (organic farming),


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    There is a wide selection of many exquisite items that display Sri Lanka’s mastery in arts and crafts. These can be obtained in many handicrafts shops scattered abundantly throughout the island.