Sri Lanka’s heritage of Kandy and Colombo!

Sri Lanka's heritage of Kandy and Colombo!

📍Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is called the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is the second largest city of Sri Lanka.  if you go 1st Colombo then 115 km from Colombo this city is far away. Sri Lanka’s most colorful festival ‘Esala Perahera’ is held here. To the south of Kandy is the country’s highest point, Nuwara Eliya. It can be said to be the focal point of the country’s famous tea industry.

Huge lake in the center of Kandy city. Scattered around the lake are the Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth, the Sinhalese Cultural Center (where traditional dances are regularly held), the Udavatkele Sanctuary and much more. Udavatkele Sanctuary has a lot of fauna. A herd of monkeys roam around at one place near the entrance. But they are pretty harmless monkeys.

The Tooth Relic Temple can be visited from the city of Kandy. One of the holiest places in Sri Lanka. The tooth of Gautam Buddha was brought by Princess Hema Mali and her husband Prince Dant and kept in this temple. How many battles after that! The red eye of some foreign power has seen this soil, whose marks are everywhere around the temple. There is also the Bodhi tree of Tathagat here. History aside, this temple bears witness to enormously beautiful, exquisite sculptures.

The Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya is only nine minutes away. Spread over an area of about 147 acres, the garden houses over three hundred orchids, innumerable trees – it is a feast. If you are interested in plants and trees, then you should keep a full day to see this place.

A road runs along the edge of the lake in the city. A little further along that road, behind the Temple of the Tooth, is a mosque. Opposite side that mosque is a “Rice Hotel” branded restaurant called Salgado which is very famous on there. Here are the best candy string hoppers available. Along with lunu-chilli, coconut chutney etc.

Further north from Kandy are Anuradhapura, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the famous cave temple town of Dambulla. Candy Charms at a glance:

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Kandy Lake
  • Hulu River Falls
  • Knuckles Mountain Range
  • Bahiravkanda Temple
  • Ranveli Spice Garden
  • Royal Botanical Garden
  • Udawattekele Sanctuary
  • Commonwealth War Cemetery
  • Millennium Elephant Foundation
  • Horton Plains National Park Ohio
  • Ceylon Tea Museum
  • Wells Park
  • riverton gap
  • trip to the highlands
  • the mountains
  • Galmaduva Temple
  • Ranavana Purana Rajmaha Vihar
  • Pallekele Cricket Stadium

how to go

Kandy can be reached within a few hours by train from Colombo. On the way the train goes uphill so it takes more time but while coming back the train goes downhill so the journey is over in less time. If possible, try to sit in a particular coach from where you can have a view of the inside of the train.

 

where will you stay

Good accommodation in Kandy is at Swarnanankar Mawtha (Bengali would be Swarnalankar Road). Budget friendly accommodation is available here for backpackers, the quality of accommodation is quite good. Some hotels have free WiFi.

Sri Lanka's heritage of Kandy and Colombo!
📍Colombo, Sri Lanka

If you want to explore the mix of tradition and modernity in Sri Lanka, then there is no substitute for visiting Colombo. There is traditional calm as well as modern glam. If you are interested in history, culture, Buddhist philosophy etc., leave a full day for the National Museum. The building of the National Museum is very beautiful, probably built during the colonial period. In front of the museum is a white statue of the meditating Buddha under a banyan tree. There is much to see, hear and learn across Sri Lanka for those interested in Buddhist philosophy. Sri Lanka is considered the cradle of Theravada Buddhist philosophy.

Galle Face Green Beach is also one of the remarkable beauties of Colombo. Apart from the blue sea and sea waves, it also has various water sports facilities. Although the area has now become a commercial hub, the charm of its Portuguese and Dutch era forts has not diminished. Many of the area’s attractions can be reached on foot with little effort. Many People fly kites in the afternoon in a large field on there next to the sea, young people sit & make love moment with her partners, parents come for a walk with their children. Very pleasant atmosphere.

12 kms from Colombo. The farthest beach is called Mount Lavinia. The Governor’s House built in 1805 is located here and it has now become the Mount Lavinia Hotel. The name of the famous zoo for the display of elephants is Dehiwala Zoo. Spread over 11 acres, this zoo houses rare species of animals. Also worth visiting is the Kelanya Raja Mahavihara in Colombo. Every year in the month of January, the religious ceremony Perahera is held here.

 

Places of interest

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is particularly tourist-oriented and has many attractions. The following list names some of the places to visit:

Gangrama Vihara: It is an ancient Buddhist temple, which contains Buddhist culture and religion.

Gal Fest: This offers a high-profile viewing opportunity, and is the perfect place to view the cityscape in person.

Gangarama Park: This is a great park with various popular national monuments and you can interact with wild life.

Panthera: This is a heritage national park, where you can interact with the rich animal life.

National Museum: This is the ideal place for cultural and traditional religious travelers of Sri Lanka, where you can get knowledge about ancient art and Buddhist pilgrimage.

Berry Lake Park: This is a romantic park, where you will find peaceful air and blue animals.

Sri Lanka National Museum: It provides an opportunity to see the oldest memories of Sri Lanka’s culture, heritage and Buddhist religious sites.

The city has many other interesting places, famous for its ancient heritage and modern Buddhist cultural heritage.

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