Kandy is the capital of Central Province of Sri Lanka. The city is surrounded by lush green and most of the Sri Lankan tea estates are situated close to Kandy mainly because of the pleasing weather the city has. The city has a great religious value to Sri Lanka because Kandy is the home to the Temple of the Tooth relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), One of the most valuable places for the Buddhists around the world. Because of these in 1998 the UNESCO declared Dalada Maligawa (The temple of tooth relic) as a world heritage site. There are many interesting places around Kandy and Lassana Sri Lanka will take you to each, one by one.
How to Get there
Kandy is situated 119 km from Colombo. There are several transportation options available to get to Kandy from Colombo, and will take about 3 hours to 4 hours depending on the traffic condition and weather condition since the country roads get slippery in wet conditions. Roads are in great condition with lots of places to see on the way.
By car you just have to drive on the well known Colombo Kandy A1 road without any turns. Condition of the road is excellent. Traffic conditions are varied as there might be some traffic blocks from Colombo fort to Nittambuwa, and in major towns and cities along the way and in rainy weather. There are number of renting option if you are looking to rent a vehicle. 3 hours.
Colombo-Pettah Bus stand has both AC and Semi Luxury Busses and finding a Kandy Bus is extremely easy and buses are available at any given time both ways. If you’re traveling with lots of luggage buses are not a good option. But if you’re traveling light buses are a good hassle free option. 3.5 hours.
There are train services operating multiple times daily to Kandy from the main train terminal in Colombo-Fort and also from Maradana train station. You can book seats on first and second class trains at the Colombo-Fort terminal. Most of the route is through waterfalls and green hill country and you can enjoy some amazing views, especially during the sun rise and sunset. 3-4 hours.
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Interesting Places / Details
Embekke dewalaya (Temple) is well known around the world for its amazing woodcarvings, Embekke is located close to kandy and about 9km from Kandy. Embekke was built during the Gampola period of King Wickrema Bahu II ( 1371 AD). The woodcarvings can be visible on almost all the wooden surfaces of the Dewalaya, the doors, beams, rafters etc…
Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa)
Sri Dalada Maligawa located in the center of the hill capital of Central Province of Sri Lanka , Kandy. The Sri Dalada Maligawa is surrounded by lush green mountains, Kandy Lake and most of the Sri Lankan tea estates are situated close to Kandy mainly because of the pleasing weather the city has. The temple is open from dawn to dusk. It houses a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, and is consequently considered one of Sri Lanka’s most holy shrines. The Sri Dalada Maligawa has a great religious value to Sri Lanka and Buddhists around the world.
Lankathilaka in Sinhala “the beauty spot on Lanka’s brow” Temple is one of the oldest temples located close to Kandy and about 15 km from Kandy. Temple itself is located on a huge rock hilltop, not easy to climb during the Day time (extreamly Hot). The temple was built around 1344 during the Gampola Kingdom. The temple contains lots of amazing stone, wood carvings and large stone Buddha statue inside the temple.