KANDY CITY TOUR

After breakfast you will set off for city tour and visit following tourist attraction sites.

Kandy is the second largest city in the country after the capital Colombo and located in the Central Province. It was the last kingdom of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills with average temperature of 20 - 25 Celsius. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka because it is both an administrative and religious city.

TEMPLE OF SACRED TOOTH RELIC (SRI DALADA MALIGAWA)

Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy found in 1595, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

KANDY MUSEUM

Kandy Museum established during the King Sri Wickrama Rajasingha era was then known as “Palle Vahala” This was used as the palace where the Queens of the King lived. This building has been built according to the architectural features of Kandy period. This palle vahala building was used to deposit the various items of historical value made by Kandy Art Association established in 1832 and technicians of Matale district. This was opened for the public as a museum 1942.

GEM MUSEUM

You will see how valuable gems that you see on a shop self are turned out from a raw stone with the background history.

KANDY LAKE

Kandy Lake is in the heart of the hill city of Kandy and built in 1807 by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha next to the Temple of the Tooth relic. Over the years it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned. There are many legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its centre was used by the Kings helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel.

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN – PERADENIYA

Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy and attracts 1.2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids more than 300species and over 5000 species of flora including orchids and other flowers, spices, medicinal plants and trees. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres, at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.

SHOPPING

There are many shops in Kandy selling antique, cloths, handicraft, batiks, gem and jewellery in gold and silver. There is also a government-run emporium called Lasala that showcases arts and crafts. It is located on the west side of Lake Kandy. It is not as well stocked as the one in Colombo but it is cheaper. You can also have a made-to-order Batik Wall hanging made at any of the factories that adjoin the shops. You can also pick up readymade batik clothes. Naturally, considering that it is a tea-producing town you will have a number of local brands competing with international ones. You can pick up graded teas or some extremely cheap ones at the local market.

CULTURAL DANCE PERFORMANCE

This is very exciting event being performed by traditional drummers and dancers in Kandy. This will start in the evening and last for more than 1 hour. The dancing and drum beating skills of musicians are very much entertaining. There are about 7 items in this show and out of them snake dance and fire show makes a change. The fire show make the Europeans surprised as they wouldn't have seen events in this nature in their life time as the artists eat and rub fire on their body.

After the dance performance proceed back to hotel and stay overnight.

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