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Kandy, Sri Lanka

Central Province, Sri Lanka.

Kandy, a city elevated at 1,640 feet above sea level in Sri Lanka, derives its name from ‘Kanda’, the Sinhalese word for ‘hill’. This historical city is renowned for its picturesque, man-made lake, crafted in 1807 by the last monarch, King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe.

Significant in both Theravadha and Mahayana Buddhism, Kandy is celebrated for its iconic temples and monasteries, including the revered Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Sacred Temple of the Tooth, which houses the sacred tooth relic of Buddha.

Visitors to Kandy can explore an array of attractions such as the vibrant Bazaar Market, the serene Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, the illustrious Royal Botanical Garden, and the locally renowned Gem-Cutting Industry, a craft perfected since the British era, solidifying Sri Lanka’s reputation for exceptional gems.

In the nearby Gampola region, a short journey from Kandy, three ancient temples – Galadeniya, Lankatilaka, and Embekke – offer a glimpse into the past. Here, enthusiasts can embark on the ‘Three Temple Loop’, immersing themselves in the remnants of ancient architecture.”

Must-see attractions for your itinerary

Nearby Kandy attractions

Udawattekele Sanctuary

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Kandy Lake

Bodies of Water

Kandy War Cemetery


Kandy Garrison Cemetery


Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites

Lankatilaka Temple

Points of Interest & Landmarks

World Buddhist Museum

Speciality Museums

Kandy View Point

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Monuments & Statues

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