Attractions Around Kandy
Ranweli Spice Garden
Sri Lanka is known all over the world for its rare spices and herbs. In fact to spice lovers, Sri Lankan spices mean an expression of a colourful history and delightful surprise, just like the country. New Ranweli spice and herbal garden is located in the Hill Capital, in close proximity to Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya
A visitor who steps into the New Ranweli Spice and Herbal Garden will get the experience of seeing how spices and herbs like Turmeric, Pepper Corns, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cocoa, etc. are grown in their natural environment. The Renowned specialty of the garden is that one can learn about the spices and natural products, while being in a serene, healthy and pollution free environment. In other words, one can taste lush serenity which is free from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Sri Lanka holds its pride for gifting the most beautiful mountain which no doubt captivates one's eyes. Alagalla is one such significant mountain peak of Sri Lanka, located in Kegalle district as a scenic background of Mawenella town and 1200 meters above sea level and about 1km in length.
When you drive through Mawanella, along Colombo-Kandy road, on your right side the beautiful mountain could be viewed. The mountain also has a touch of history where the Sinhalese kings used this peak to execute the political opponents and criminals. The peak can be reached by a mysterious climb through the Ihalakotte Village crossing hill country railway. Moreover, the mountain is an emerging site for community based ecotourism and the tourists will be takes care of by the local community in Ihalakotte.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
No visit to Kandy is complete without seeing the Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya, 6.5Km south from the town on the Colombo road. The Garden consists of nearly 150 acres dedicated to the flora of Sri Lanka with a spectacular arboretum that includes many endemic trees.
There are over 110 endemic plants, more than 200000 dried and preserved specimens in the Herbarium, collected during the 180 years the garden have been in existence. The entire area of the garden is embraced by the Mahaweli River, curving around it like an elbow. Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one of Sri Lanka's best travel destinations that no one should miss to experience the rich bio diversity of the country.
Highway Museum KandyJust 5km away from Kandy along the Kandy-Colombo road, there is a unique collection of green and red painted steamrollers, ancient road building equipment and old road signs in an open air museum by the rail. The highway museum displays the original equipment used to lay the colombo-kandy road. Next to the museum one can view a replica of the 300 years old Bogoda Bridge.
International Buddhist Museum
International Buddhist Museum opened in commemoration of the 2600 years of Sambudhdha Jayanthi (years since the Buddhism was first established) by Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Tooth Relic). It showcases the history of Buddhism and its expansion throughout the Asia and rest of the world. Open from 9am to 8pm, this is a great place to study history and a variety of Buddhist traditions and rituals.
Commonwealth War Cemetery
Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this small melancholic but beautiful cemetery is the resting place of many who died defending Sri Lanka during the WWII. Maintained to the highest standards, the encrypted wall at the back of the cemetery provides details about those who rest in peace here.
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery is yet another brief visit you can pay especially if you happened to be near the National Museum. Walk little up along the hill and you can see 163 graves which run up to colonial age. Many who are buried here are young and had died due to Sunstroke, Elephant attack and jungle fever.
Built next to Sri Dalada Maligawa, by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha in 1807, Kandy Lake is considered as the bathing place of the queens and the ladies of the court. Little island in the middle of the lake which is decorated with palm trees and bamboo thickets, enhances the beauty of the lake. Visitors can enjoy boat rides from the "Joy Boat" service and, also a relaxing walk around the lake connecting many historic places in Kandy, such as the Malwatta Temple. Kandy Lake also is a sanctuary for birds such as Diya Kawa (Indian Cormorant), Karawala Koka (Pelican).
Kandy View Point
Kandy View Point accessed via Rajapihilla Mawatha, a road parallel to Kandy Lake round road which goes over a steep climb and connects back to Lake round road. Due to its high ground, you can see the whole Kandy city in a panoramic view. Colourful view especially in the evening. There are also nice set of restaurants around Kandy view point, and souvenir shops.
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Opened in 27th November 2009, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is the 104th international test cricket venue in the world. Located from half-hour drive from the city of Kandy, the stadium so far has hosted 2 international world cup cricket tournaments in 2011 and in 2013.
Surrounded by mountains in the ancient hill capital of Kandy, stands the home ground of Trinity College Kandy (a elite private boys school) the Asgiriya International Cricket Stadium. In 1910, a sheer cliff face was transformed into the present beautiful stadium under the guidance of Mr. Fraser, the brainchild behind this project. And after 5 years of work on January 15th, 1915 the new ground and pavilion was opened.
After Sri Lanka was granted test cricket status in 1982, the former chairman of Sri Lankan cricket board, Gamini Dissanayake decided to upgrade Trinity’s home ground to international status and renovated the ground and it was formally opened by Mr. J.R. Jayawardane. The first test cricket match played at Asgiriya was against the Australian cricket team in 1982. The stadium has also hosted a world cup match in 1996. And in total 22 test matches have been played at Asgiriya out of which 7 has been won by Sri Lanka. The last test match played was against the English cricket team in 2007. One of the most picturesque stadium in Asia and loved by many cricketers around the world Asgiriya stadium is a mandatory stop on any Sri Lankan tour.
Udawatta Kele Sanctuary
Situated on a hill ridge in the heart of Kandy with a royal touch stretching between the Temple of the Tooth and the uplands Aruppola suburbs is the Udawatta kele sanctuary. Famous for its avifauna and floral species, the sanctuary contains several Buddhist monasteries, medieval rock shelter dwellings for Buddhist monk hermits and also a shady lover’s walk. One unique attraction of the sanctuary is the 200-300 year old giant liana.
A must visit place for bird lovers since the sanctuary is the home for about 80 different species of birds of which some are endemic species. The visitor’s entrance is located on the western side of the forest about 15-20 minutes walking from the Temple of the Tooth. A great place to relive stress and escape into tranquillity. Do not miss the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature in the city.
The Ceylon tea museum at Hantane, 3 kilometres from Kandy city is an essential stop on any Sri Lankan tea tour. With adequate parking space for visitors the museum consists of four floors. The ground and second floors exhibit very old machinery and the first floor consists of a library and an auditorium with facilities for audio visual presentation. The 3rd floor has stalls selling Sri Lanka’s fine tea. And the entire top floor is a restaurant and also provides a panoramic view of the Kandy town surrounded by the knuckles range and the Matale hills through a mounted telescope.
The museum is open all days from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. except on Mondays, Public and Mercantile holidays and half day on Sundays. The tickets are priced at Rs.250/= per foreigner. A perfect place to experience the history and the taste of tea.
Royal Palace of Kandy
Acclaimed by UNESCO as a heritage city, Kandy has a great historical value. And on a visit to this beautiful city, one should make a mandatory stop at the Royal Palace of Kandy. The last royal residence of the Kandyan kingdom and the last king to reside in it was King Sri Wickrama Rajasingha until he was overthrown by the British in 1815. Once part of a large palace complex, at present only the front entrance of the palace remains. And the building known as the "Palle Vahala" houses part of the Kandy National Museum.
Due to an old tradition, the protector of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is the ruler of the land. So the Temple of Tooth was built in close proximity to the Royal Palace. Hence a visitor can visit the Temple of Tooth too on his visit to Royal Palace.
National Museum, Kandy
The national museum of Kandy is located next to the Temple of Tooth. The primary exhibits are housed in the "Palle Vahala" of the Royal Palace. A secondary exhibit is showcased in the main palace building. Extensive artefact collection consisting of jewellery, costume, art & tools from both Kandyan kingdom and the British colonial rule can be found here. A place not to be missed to enjoy the historical value of the Kandy.