The sacred city of Kandy in Sri Lanka is also a World Heritage site declared by UNESCO as long back as 1988 is also hailed by many as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. A relatively small town with pleasant and cooler climate offers wonderful tourist sightseeing as well as Sri Lankan culture and cuisine surrounded by beautiful natural environment. If you are looking for peace and serenity, Kandy is the most appropriate destination in Sri Lanka for any holidaymaker to explore with family or spouse, witnessing history, culture, temples and architectures of the colonial era.
Major tourist attractions of the region of Kandy in Sri Lanka varies with different insights to the socio-cultural significance of the region The Temple of the Tooth, a renowned historical landmark is open from dawn to dusk is home to the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, and is consequently considered one of Sri Lanka's most holy shrines. Although you may not view the actual tooth itself, the casket within which it is said to be displayed twice a day. Right next to the temple of tooth relic is the Bogambara Lake where you can walk all the way especially in the early mornings. The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage has about 70 semi-tame elephants roaming freely around this wonderful sanctuary. One of the best botanical garden in Sri Lanka, The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is said to be built during the ancient kings of the country. The large banyan tree, the orchid house, the suspension bridge, and the bats are some of the main attractions. New Ranweli Spice Garden located in close proximity to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden (on the other side of the suspension bridge inside botanical gardens) is a place to see and learn about Sri Lankan spices and herbs. The omnipresent Buddha statue at Bahirawakanda temple is best viewed at the evening as the sun sets. Commonwealth War Cemetery is located at Deveni (2nd) Rajasinghe mawatha down by the Mahaweli riverside. Formerly known as Pitakande Military Cemetery, it is one of the most beautifully landscaped and maintained war cemeteries in the world. Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary is a forest reserve located on a hill ridge in the middle of Kandy was a royal reserve and the tranquil pond located near the entrance is said to have been a royal bathing pond.
In order to experience the local sightseeing walking can be an option seeing temples, shops, shopping area and other sites around the lake or else local buses or hired taxis, you can even rent a motorbike to explore the city by yourself. You can find wide variety of guest houses, lodges and hotels across the region which caters to different kind of budgets for holidaymakers. Favourite destinations near Kandy in Sri Lanka are Dambulla, Sigiryia, Hatton (for Adam's Peak), Nuwara Eliya or Ella.
For International tourists travelling from India, the best way to reach Sri Lanka is to first board a Flight to Colombo. The distance from Colombo to Kandy is a 115 kilometres to drive. The nearest International Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport) at Colombo for transit of travelers towards Kandy either by bus or taxi. Hire a private cab or taxi or Intercity air-conditioned bus (from Colombo) is the next best option.
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