Considered as Sri Lanka's hill and cultural capital, Kandy is renowned for its rich culture and dazzling beauty. The place offers you a mixed bag of rich historical heritage and unparalleled scenic panoramas. Located in the midst of hills and tropical plantations, Kandy has some exotic attractions to offer its tourists. Most of the tourists make sure to drop at the ancient Ceylonese city to view its scenic mountains, transparent glassy lakes and picturesque valleys. Read on further to find the most attractive places to visit in Kandy.
Kandy Tourist Attractions
Temple of Tooth
The Temple of Tooth, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, houses the only surviving relic (sacred tooth) of Buddha. The relic has played an important role since ancient times.
Located at a hilltop at a distance of 15 km from Kandy, this temple was built in 1344. It gives a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.
For all nature lovers, Peradeniya Gardens will serve as a paradise. The garden is known for its orchid house, which houses more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids.
Built in the 14th century, Embekke temple boasts of intricate wooden carvings of dancers, musicians, wrestlers, legendary beasts and birds.
Built on a rock called Panhalgala, this temple provides a magnificent, panoramic view of the surrounding hills, paddy fields and diverse vegetation around it.
Rich in flora and fauna, the Knuckle range has 35 peaks, rising to more than 3000 feet (915 m). They are separated from the main highlands by the Dumbara Valley.
Spread on the outskirts of Kandy, Hanthana Mountains are the perfect destination for trekkers. One can find various rivulets and streams here.
Also known as the Forbidden Forest of the Kings of Kandy, Udawatte Kele is a primeval forest, housing a variety of trees, such as talipot, cinnamon, olive, rattan cane, bo-trees, betel, kitul palms, jak, mara, betelnut and arecanut.