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  • 1 Golden temple of Dambulla Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Dambulla Rock Temple is a major pilgrimage site with 157 statues of the Buddha in various postures - sitting, standing and reclining - and remarkable 18C Buddhist rock paintings. Tourists are not allowed to use the pilgrim's way to reach the esplanad..

  • The Sri Dalada Maligawa houses the Relic of the Buddha's Tooth, still the object of fervent worship. It is preserved in the 6th casket in a set of cases, itself enclosed inside a gold reliquary protected by a gold railing. A real fortress!

  • 3 Royal Palace Complex of Kandy Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The ancient royal palace with its many outbuildings is located on the north shore of Lake Kandy. The white-walled complex is elegantly outlined against the dark backdrop of Udawattakele Forest. Don't miss the National Museum in the Queen's Palace and..

  • 4 Temples of the Gods in Kandy Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    In various eras (14C-18C) the Singhalese sovereigns erected a sanctuary devoted to each of the four gods watching over the holy city of Kandy. The temples dedicated to Vishnu and Natha are the most remarkable, attracting a great many worshippers.

  • 5 Udawattakele Forest Reserve Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Overlooking Kandy to the north, Udawattakele Forest Reserve is a lush environment and a haven for numerous monkeys and many species of birds (Layard parakeets, yellow-headed bushtits and blue-winged leafbirds). For your safety it is advisable not to ..

  • 6 Peradeniya Botanical Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Past rulers harnessed the power of the Mahaweli in Peradeniya, then the British created a botanical garden here in the 19C. Now the largest garden on the island, it boasts a vast range of tropical plants from here and elsewhere including orchids, pal..

  • 7 Yala National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    You can take a jeep ride through the vast expanses of pasture land and dry forests that make up Yala National Park, except in the strictly protected southeastern part of the island. Elephants, wild buffaloes, sambhurs, bear, musk deer, macaques, jack..

  • 8 The Knuckles Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Knuckles Range stretches out near Kandy with its five summits in a row evoking the knuckles on a closed fist. This well-preserved territory contains a wealth of biodiversity, earning it the status of National Biosphere Reserve. There's a view ove..

  • 9 Kandy Tea Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Hanthana Tea Factory

    In the 19C the British covered the mountainous centre of the island with large tea plantations since the plant was well-suited to the high altitude. Ceylon tea soon went on to become famous. The Tea Museum, housed in a former tea factory, recount its..

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