Located amid lush green hills in the Central Province, Kandy is Sri Lanka's second largest city. According to folklores, this city was developed in the Gapola era during the reign of king Wickramabahu III. The Sinhalese rulers had a stronghold on this city and promoted its rich culture, until the British took over in 1815. There are many stories associated with the city's name, one of which states that it was named after Senkada, a hermit who lived in the area. Dotted with picturesque lakes, beautiful gardens, historical edifices and a number of shrines, Kandy is one of the favourite haunts of globetrotters visiting Sri Lanka. However, the place is most renowned for Esala Perahera – an annual festival during which the city streets are flooded with dancers, drummers and caparisoned elephants, it is thus claimed to be the cultural capital of the nation.
Attractions in Kandy
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is considered the holiest Buddhist site in the country. Dating back to the 17th century, this temple houses a tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
Royal Botanical Garden
The history of the Royal Botanical Garden goes back to 1371, but it was only in 1843 that the site opened for public. This garden has over 4000 varied plant species, which include spices, orchids and medicinal plants.
Located in the heart of the city, Kandy Lake was built by king Sri Vikrama Rajasinha in 1807. A 2060 ft. long wall encompasses this man-made lake, and there is an island at its centre, on which the Royal Summer House stands.
Dating back to 1344 AD, the Lankatilaka Temple is a Lord Buddha shrine that boasts of splendid architecture. In addition, deities like Vishnu, Ganapathi, Vibhishana and Skandha Kumara are also worshipped at this shrine.
Gadaladeniya Temple, a popular religious attraction of Kandy, was built in 1344 AD by king Buwanekabahu IV. It is perched atop a plane rock and features South Indian architectural style.
Royal Palace of Kandy
The Royal Palace of Kandy is a part of a huge complex, which comprises Magul Maduwa, Sri Dalada Maligawa and the royal court. King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha was the last to reside in this palace before it was taken over by the British.
National Museum of Kandy
Earlier known as Palle Vahala, the National Museum of Kandy was established during the reign of Sri Wickrama Rajasingha. It was the dwelling place of the city's erstwhile rulers, which was converted into a museum and opened to public in 1942.
Our Recommended Hotels in Kandy
124, Srimath Kuda Ratwatte Mawathamore...
Located in the city of Kandy, Chaaya Citadel is a property that lies amidst beautiful surroundings. This hotel has air-conditioned, spacious rooms with modern amenities including tea/coffee maker, television and mini-bar. These rooms are categorised as Deluxe Triple Room, Deluxe Double Room, Superior Triple Room and Superior Double Room. The hotel offers other facilities, such as Wi-Fi, travel assistance, spa and outdoor swimming pool. The travel desk can arrange excursions to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. There are two restaurants in the premises, where a variety of dishes can be enjoyed and those who like to spend a peaceful time sipping exotic drinks, can head to the lounge on site.
51, Ampitiya Roadmore...
Devon Hotel, with its four-storey building, is situated close to the Bogambara Lake and Udawatte Kale Sanctuary. It offers a wide range of facilities such as all-day reception, car parking, lifts, laundry, airport pick-up and transfer and babysitting. A gymnasium, spa, salon, steam-room and professional masseurs take care of the health and well-being of guests. Recreational facilities at the site are the outdoor swimming pool with a less-deep partition for children. The hotel also makes arrangements for weddings and meetings at its ball room and rooftop hall. Its Green View restaurant treats diner to dishes from Sri Lanka, America, Italy and China, Lobby Bar serves cocktails and snacks while the Pastry Shop has baked delights on offer.
Accommodations can be sough as Deluxe Rooms, Super Deluxe Rooms, Super Deluxe Triple Rooms, Super Deluxe Family Rooms and Suite Rooms. Units are provided with television sets, mini-bars, air-conditioners and well-equipped attached bathrooms.
84 Tenna Kumburamore...
One of the finest hotels in Kandy, Earl's Regency is located in Kundasale – a serene suburb in the city. This beautiful property has various facilities that ensure guests an enjoyable stay. Swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, tennis courts and many other games are available for leisure time engagement. The property also has venues for hosting business conferences and social get-together. Guests have the option to choose from eight spacious room and suite categories, each of which is exquisitely designed in contemporary décor. Air conditioner, satellite LCD TV, mini-bar, DVD player, safety deposit box, tea/coffee maker and hairdryer are just few of the many in-room amenities here. En-suite bathroom is provided with premium toiletries and shower facility. Keeping the culinary needs in mind, the hotel also features restaurant and bar that serve delectable Indian and international delights. Some of the other facilities offered in the premises are currency exchange, laundry, car rental and parking area.
Set amid verdant Hanthana Mountain Range, Amaya Hills, Kandy is a mesmerising retreat for holidaymakers and honeymooners. This plush hotel offers an exemplary fusion of Kandyan culture and contemporary amenities. Guests can start their day by a refreshing dip in the on-site pool or working-out in the gymnasium. After a tiresome day of sightseeing and exploration, they can rejuvenate by a therapeutic spa. Other leisure facilities available within the premises are nightclub, tennis table, board games, palm reading and family-oriented activities. Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Suites and Junior Suites are the four accommodation types available here. All the guestrooms offer breathtaking views of the surrounding valley from their large windows and balcony. Furthermore, the two restaurants, tea room and lounge bar on site ensure a memorable culinary experience. Guests can also order their meals in rooms for private and comfortable dining.
35 PBA Weerakoon Mawathamore...
A premium property in P.B.A. Weerakoon Mawatha, Mahaweli Reach hotel is an ideal choice for vacationers coming to the splendid city of Kandy. With a range of leisure facilities and services, it makes for a perfect retreat. Ayurvedic spa, billiards, gymnasium, tennis court and swimming pool are few to name. Besides, the hotel staff also arranges for exciting activities, such as boat ride on the picturesque Mahaweli River and cycling along the verdant plains. The property also has a well-equipped business centre with communication facilities like internet, fax and IDD phone service. Deluxe Room, Executive Suite and Presidential Suite are the three guestroom categories available here. Elegant and comfortable, these are provided with many modern amenities including LCD TV, DVD player, high-speed internet, IDD telephone and air conditioner. The hotel's all day dining restaurant serves authentic Indian, Thai, Arabic, European, Chinese, Mongolian and Sri Lankan specialities in a pleasing ambience.
Randholee Resort in Kandy has a scenically breathtaking location atop a hill, surrounded by high trees. Its range of facilities include multi-lingual staff, travel assistance, currency exchange, secure parking, porters, laundry and Wi-Fi access. The on-site conference and business centres are equipped with efficient personal computers and other utilities. For recreation and wellness of guests, the site has a spa, an outdoor swimming pool and courts for squash, badminton and table tennis. Guests can choose to dine in the restaurant or have their food brought up to the poolside or by the serene Kandyan hill-forest. A selection of alcoholic beverages including popular cocktails can be sipped with accompanying snacks at the in-house bar.
All rooms overflow with facilities and amenities like air-conditioners, wardrobes, hangars, in-room dining and room service, mini-bar telephones and safe deposit boxes. The in-room entertainment is governed by televisions, on-request DVD players and wireless internet connection. Bathtubs, shower cubicles and hairdryers are provided in all attached bathrooms.
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