Kandy is in the hill country, 116 km away from Colombo. You can reach Kandy by motor vehicles, train and air. The mountain ranges such as Knuckles, Dumbara and Kadugannawa/Balana surround the Kandy city. The longest river in the country Mahaveli flows around the city. The temperature is cooler than Colombo. It ranges from 24-29 degrees C. throughout the year. The elevation above the mean sea level is 1500 feet or 465 meters. Kandy is the last capital of Sinhala kings. Kandy is rich with its natural beauty. The temple of Sacred Tooth Relic is the icon of Kandy.
Tourist attractions around Kandy
Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya
Once this was a pleasure garden for the Kandyan kings. When Sri Lanka came under the rule of the British, the garden was converted into an agricultural research Centre. The extent of the gardens is 64 hectares. It exhibits more than 4000 species of flowering plants.
University Campus at Peradeniya
The university is on the Peradeniya-Galaha Road. The university has been established in 1942. This is considered as the oldest and scenic university in the island. All the disciplines from humanity, arts, science engineering, medical science computer science and IT are taught here. Majority of students are provided with the resident facilities.
Gangaramaya is about half miles away from the town along the Lewella road near the Mahaweli river. Hence the name Gnagaramaya came into being. A called King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha built Gangaramaya in 1752. This is very famous for Kandyan sittara art.
This Hindu temple is on the Colombo Kandy main road in front of the Kandy Police Station. This temple is dedicated to God Ganesh. The history of the temple is unknown. The last day of Dalada perahera, four Devala peraheras start at this temple after the water cutting ceremony.
Getambe Totupola Temple (Ferry)
People who wanted to come to the city had to cross the river by using ferry in the past. Famous Gannoruwa battle between Portuguese and Sinhalese happened in and around this place. Water cutting ceremony of four devalas is done here.
This place is in an area called Pilimathalawa on the Colombo Kandy road 16 km away from Kandy. This was built by Buwenekabahu IV in 1344. The chief architect was a south Indian. It is a south Indian style and the stupa was built in a watadage (relic chamber) style on the raised pillars. The unique style of stupas is found only at this temple. The Buddha statue in this temple is a good example of Kandyan tradition.
This temple too situated on the same road as Gadaladeniya. The village is named Handessa. The chief minister of King Buwenekabahu IV built this in 1344. The architect was from south India. At the beginning it was a four storied building and now we can see only ground floor. It depicts traditional Kandyan architecture, creation of statues and paintings. The main image house of Buddha is covered with image houses of popular Hindu gods and local deities.
This temple is also on the same as Gadaladeniya and Lankathilaka. This place is situated on the road up to Welamboda. King Vikramabahu III and his queen Henakandabisobandara built this temple. This is dedicated to the god Katharagama, the temple is famous for its unique wood carvings.
However, the tourists who visit Sri Lanka do not miss the chance to visit Kandy because it gives an unforgettable travel experience to the visitor.