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Kandy

Kandy Sri LankaKandy, at an altitude of 500m is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka. Kandy was the capital of the last Singhalese kingdom. A relaxed hill station, once captured by the British invaders. Dominated by its lake and the Temple of the Tooth which houses Sri Lanka's most sacred relic The Tooth of Lord Buddha.
Distance From Colombo : 115 km
Kandy's main attraction is the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th c. A.D., the sacred relic has ever since been the symbol of sovereignty for its rulers and always enshrined in great splendour. Kandy's Dalada Maligawa is a magnificently adorned shrine, with decorative walls, moat, turrets, golden roof and fine wood-work and its 16th - 19th century ambience vividly alive. Three religious services (referred to as 'poojas') with traditional music, held daily at dawn, mid-day and in the evening, can be viewed by visitors.

That's traditional Kandy, now you need to know about the regular town. Kandy is a great place for the regular shopperholic, ideal to just walk around (I think you should always plan a spare day in Kandy) as after seeing the sites you just need to relax and get a real 'feel' of the place, it's a strange old city, with a touch of new here and there, you are walking along a crowded market place and all of a sudden you see Pizza Hut!!! It feels nice. Take a walk along the lake, spy on the young Romeo s and Juliet s by the side of the lake (they don't care they've got eyes only for each other)... just kidding - mind your own business! He he he!!! Take a boat ride on the Kandy Lake, hike up to Bahirawa Kanda (the view from the top at the temple, is spectacular to say the least). Kandy is also a popular destination for meditation retreats, and if you need more info on this, just let us know!
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