Kandy is the second largest city located in the central Province of Sri Lanka. It is in fact the mountainous centre of the Island. It was considered a world heritage site in the year 1988 and possess a cool climate making it more pleasant to stay and accessible than any other part of the island. The Kandy town has a compact atmosphere surrounded by tropical forests in the hill country as well as scenic beauty in the form of Lakes, rivers, waterfalls and exotic animals. The high end hotel accommodations in Kandy, corporate offices and shopping destinations where any requirement or souvenirs to be taken away could be purchased for a reasonable low range, are all types of buildings the town hosts.
Kandy has a rich historical background which is mainly depicted in its architecture. The hotel accommodation in Kandy reflects this historical significance. Their architecture reflects the influence of the British and other powers that invaded the country during the past. Hotels in Kandy Sri Lanka are numerous and they will contain not only spacious airy rooms with murals of paintings reflecting the traditional culture of the city but also equipped with modern day luxuries.
Kandy formerly known as senkadagalpura is also a sacred Buddhist site and was the last capital of the Sinhala kings until the British over took the country’s reign in 1815. It is also the sacred site of the temple of the tooth relic which is a world famous site for tourists as well as pilgrims. The temple consists of a golden roof and houses the sacred tooth relic which is heavily guarded and is only brought out during Poojas for the devotees and tourists to view. The tooth is in fact kept inside a golden casket which contains a series of Dagobah in diminishing sizes.
The temple is open from 5.30am-8pm, puja 5.30-6.45am, 9.30-11am & 6.30-8pm respectively and the tickets are priced at Rs.1500 per adult and free access for children.
An individual can get to Kandy by public transport such as bus, intercity train or even hire private vehicles to reach the destination. The Bogambara Lake also known as the Kandy Lake is of scenic beauty which is right beside the Dalada Maligawa. The annual Kandy Esala Perahera is the most famous festival in Kandy which is usually held in August which is a pageant where many elephants participate including dancers, torch bearers and flag bearers. During this time, hotels in Kandy Sri Lanka can organize a good viewing spot for you with food and beverages to enjoy the procession as they pass across their hotels.
The Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya or Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is the best botanical garden in Sri Lanka and one of the best in the region. The large banyan tree, the orchid house, the suspension bridge, and the bats are some of the main attractions. The Royal Botanic Gardens is open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The ticket counter will be closed at 5.00 p.m. Tickets are priced at less than SLR 50 for locals and less than SLR 700 for tourists.
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