In Sri Lanka, Kandy is the second largest city. Located in the Central side of the country. One of the beautiful city of Sri Lanka, surrounded by mountains & amazing tea plantations. Also, considered as a sacred place of worship for Buddhist culture.
There are many places of interest in Kandy which is for tourists. Major of them which would be liked are listed below :
1. Kandy Lake
It is the most beautiful location of scenic beauty in the city. With Island in the centre, earlier British troops used to store arms on it. You can enjoy a nice boat ride or take a walk at the lake. Also at the lake, if you are lucky you might spot swans, pelicans and many more beautiful species of birds.
2. Temple of the sacred tooth
It is a beautiful and pretty Buddhist temple in Kandy near the lake.
In this temple, actual tooth relic of Lord Buddha is placed in it. Where, tourist visits this tooth relic, as the relic in placed in casket of glass. The casket of glass is made up of gold. Once in a six years, the view of tooth is opened for public. Also, gold Buddha and ivory can be seen in this temple. It is a must see. The Buddhists of Sri Lanka believe that atleast once in their life they should come for a pilgrimage to this temple. It helps them to improve their karma.
3. Kandy Perahera
This is a festival celebrated in Kandy. During this time the gold casket which has the tooth of Buddha is paraded in a lovely colorful way. Mostly this comes in the month of July or August. The procession at night is a remarkable event to watch. One can see many elephants, drummers, and dancers performing in their cultural festival and doing the local dance form.
4. Royal Palace of Kandy
In this palace, there is a national museum for display to the tourists. Earlier the palace comprised of the kings’ palace, queen’s palace, temple of the tooth and the royal audience hall. Only temple can be seen at it outskirts and a shrt tour of museum is possible, as it has burned down.
5. Royal Botanical Gardens
Exactly outside Kandy lies this garden named as Peradeniya Botanical Garden and spread over 60 hectares of land. One can view lovely cannonball trees, coconut palm trees, giant bamboo trees, rubber trees and an amazing collection of orchids. Many famous people have planted trees in this garden like Gandhi and Queen Mary.
6. Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
Just outside Kandy also lies this amazing place called the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. Also, you can view elephants of all ages. Furthermore, one can enjoy with the elephants by bathing with them, feeding the little ones and by watching them play with each other and you. It is a good place to click some amazing pics with the elephants as memory.
7. Udawattekele Sanctury
This is an amazing place to enjoy some wildlife beauty and power of nature. The sanctuary is a home to many insects, mammals and reptiles. Also its an amazing place for bird watchers having among 80 species of birds to view.
Also some of the other things to see in the sanctuary are the Buddhist meditation hermitages and also the shelter scattered around.