11 Nov 2016 – 22 Nov 2016
In the history of Sri Lanka, the Kingdom of Kandy retains an almost legendary place. Hidden away amid the green hills and looped by Sri Lanka’s largest river: the Mahaweli. The last independent stronghold of the Sinhalese , the Kingdom of Kandy clung to its freedom long after the rest of the island had fallen to the Portuguese and the Dutch, preserving its customs and culture, until finally having to surrender in 1815. The city remains a bastion of Sinhalese culture and religion and is home to the nation’s most revered Buddhist temple, the Dalada Maligawa, the sacred temple of the tooth relic. Kandy is also the undisputed centre for arts and crafts and home of the famous Kandyan dancers.
Gardens & Parks
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – one of the finest in Asia, dating back to the 14th century
- The Temple of the sacred tooth relic and the tusker museum next door
- The National & Archaeological Museum behind the temple of the tooth
Kandyan dance and drummers performance/firewalk – folklore show , daily, late afternoon
Lakes & Rivers
A stroll around the Kandy lake
- Drive on the scenic route on Rajapahila Mawatha for a great view of the town
- Visit a batik factory and learn the secrets of manufacturing a genuine batik
- Udawattekele Sanctuary – walk through the forested hillside with imposing trees , birdlife and lots of monkeys. Walking distance from the town.
- Tea Museum in Hantana – housed in an old, converted factory, the story of James Taylor
- Walk the three temples loop or have your driver take you – Lanka Thilekke Vihara, The Embekke temple, known for its magnificent carved wooden pillars and the
Hills & Mountains
- Trekking in the Knuckles mountain range with an experienced guide.
- Gadaladeniya Vihara, which is built on a hilltop in the 14th century. All three temples are pre-dating the city of Kandy itself