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Going Out

Sky Pavilion makes a convenient base for sightseeing in Kandy, or visiting places of interest within easy reach of Kandy. It is surrounded by historical sites, places of natural beauty and ecological importance,sports locations and scenic tea country. Several World Heritage sites are easily accessible from Kandy.

In Kandy

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ,Dalada Maligawa

The Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha is the central attraction of the city of Kandy, and a must see on a visit to Kandy. It is part of the sprawling palace complex which consists of the old palace, a museum, the four Hindu temples and various other administrative buildings of Buddhist religious hierarchy.

The morning and evening offerings and devotions known as the “thewawa” is a colourful ritual to honour the most venerated relic of the island. One could spend a fascinating hour or as much as a day here, depending on one’s interests.

Kandy Festival Season, Esala Perahera

The annual Esala Peraherais a grand parade that takes place on 10 nights culminating in the full moon night of July or August. It is the most important cultural event in Kandy and perhaps even in the whole country.

The relics casket containing the tooth of the Buddha is carried on the temple tusker from Dalada Maligawa, to be paraded on the streets of Kandy accompanied by dancers, drummers and various traditional artistes along with over 60 caparisoned elephants.

It increases in grandeur until the final night of the “Randoli”, the most intense. It can be viewed from the hustle and bustle of the roadside for free, or by purchasing a ticket to watch comfortably from reserved seating platforms. The best seats are on the verandah of the Queen’s Hotel.

Kandy Lake and the town

A walk around the picturesque Kandy Lake and the busy streets of the town is another must on a visit to Kandy. Cramped with boutiques and curio shops, places of worship, colonial buildings and more modern structures, the town is a reflection of the mix of old and new, which is the essence of Kandy.

Cultural performance

Those interested in indigenous culture might like to see the cultural performance held each evening at 5 p.m. at the Kandyan Arts Association hall. It features traditional dance styles, drumming and a fire-walking display.

Udawattakele Sanctuary

Udawattakele bird sanctuary is a little surprise of a rain forest nature reserve, not far from the busy city of Kandy on the slopes above the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Formerly an exclusive forest park reserved for royalty, today it is a strict nature reserve, home to many birds, some reptiles and small mammals.
The flora consists of large trees, shrubs, and some notable liana species. The occasional pond or hermit’s shelter adds interest to an early morning walk along the winding forest paths.

The Garrison Cemetery

The British Garrison cemetery is another quaint piece of colonial history in the vicinity worth seeing, especially for British visitors. Plaques and headstones tell their own stories while the cemetery keeper will be happy to give you a tour or show you some interesting official records.

Nearby

Victoria Golf and Country Club

10 miles away in Digana, is Asia’s most scenic golf course, designed by Donald Steel. One could make the pleasant drive up to spend a morning or a whole day enjoying a round of golf. Clubs and balls can be rented and services of a caddy obtained at a fee.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Theelephant orphanage at Pinnawela 20 km away from Kandy, gives shelter to baby elephants hurt, lost or abandoned in the wild. The feeding of the elephants, even bottle feeding the babies, and the walk to their bath in the nearby river where young and old elephants frolic in the water, offer great photo opportunities.

Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya

The Peradeniya Gardens used to be the royal pleasure gardens in the time of Kandyan kings.Later groomed by the British during colonial times, the landscaped gardens offer pleasant shady walks among a wide variety of rare, endemic and indigenous tropical trees and shrubs. It also has a collection of roses, and an orchid house.

Tea Museum

The Tea museum in Hantana in a tea estate ….km away,is the ideal place to learn about the history of planting tea in Sri Lanka, and how we came to produce some of the best teas in the world today.

Temples in the Kandy area

Ambakke, Gadaladeniya and Lankathilleke are three unique temples within close proximity of each other, offering different facets of Kandyan and religious history. God Skanda’s shrine at Ambakke is known for exquisite wood carving, Gadaladeniya for art and architectural importance, and Lankathilleke for evidence of peaceful co-existence of two religions, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Muttaiah Muralidaran International Cricket Stadium.( Pallekelle)

Named after the world famous Sri Lankan spin bowler, the cricket stadium is a venue that hosts international matches, where you could catch an exciting encounter during a cricket series or tournament.

Excursions

Knuckles Mountain Range

A little north of Kandy gives access to the Knuckles Mountain Range, a strict nature reserve of high bio-diversity. Rock formations, mountains, pristine waterways, remote villages and cultivated areas, all contribute to the scenic beauty of this location, makes it a popular site for trekkers.

Scenic train rides

The Kandy railway station sits on the Main Line from Colombo to Badulla, one of the most scenic train rides in the world. There are several possible train trips that could be embarked from Kandy or Peradeniya railway stations passing verdant hills, waterfalls and scenic tea country.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country and used to be an important colonial outpost. The drive or train ride up from Kandy is scenic and interesting. The famous Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is one of Asia’s oldest.

White Water Rafting in Kitulgala

Kitulgala is a scenic two hour’s drive away from Kandy, and a beautiful location suitable for whitewater rafting, on the upper reaches of the Kelani River. Trained rafting instructors and equipment is provided by several rafting centers in the area. The rainforest ecosystem on the banks of the river also provides opportunities for trekking and birdwatching, for the not so adventurous traveler.

The Cultural Triangle

Within easy reach of Kandy is the UNESCO designated Cultural Triangle, where several important cultural sites of the North Central and Central provinces are concentrated. You could cover some of these sites on a day excursion from Kandy. The ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the rock fortress of Sigiriya and cave temple of Dambulla are World Heritage sites  of historical and cultural importance.

Tours around Sri Lanka

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