Kandy is the next biggest city in Sri Lanka, after the capital Colombo

Kandy Lake is a dominating part of Kandy city, and you can`t miss it! The lake is a charming and peaceful part of Kandy. The lake was created in 1807 by the last ruler of the kingdom of Kandy. The people initially objected to laboring on the lake project, but those who objected were ruthlessly put to death on stakes in the lake bed. So the lake has a bloody history.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

North of the Kandy Lake is the famous temple that houses Sri Lanka`s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha himself! The legend says that the sacred tooth of the Buddha was snatched from the Buddha`s funeral pyre in India in 483 BC. In the 4th century AD, it was hidden in the hair of a princess and smuggled into Sri Lanka.

The tooth has over the years been moved around Sri Lanka and was returned to India in 1283 by an invading army. It was then retrieved by the king of Sri Lanka and brought back to the country. It was believed that whoever had the custody of the tooth, had the right to rule the country.

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was built by the Kandyan kings between 1687-1707 and 1747-1782 and was part of the royal palace.

Peradeniya Botanic Garden

Just outside of Kandy is the lovely Peradeniya Botanic Garden, who once were reserved exclusively for Kandyan Royalty. Today is it open to the public, making it the largest botanic garden in Sri Lanka, covering 60 hectares.

Here you will nd a beautiful collection of orchids, cannonball trees, coconut palm trees, a spice garden, giant bamboo, rubber trees, as well as a stately avenue of royal palms that was planted in 1950:

Kandyan dance and drum show

To get some culture, you can visit one oft he many dancing and drum shows in Kandy. This is a must-do-experience in Kandy. It is an intensive, spectacular and energetic show, with male and female dancers and drummers. The dancers are wearing colorful costumes and do dierent dances, the most famous dance is the „DEVIL DANCE“.