With a history dating back to the 14th century, Gadaladeniya Vihara is one of the largest, ancient rock temples in Sri Lanka. This old monastery was built over a rock in Diggala, Kandy by King Buwanekabaghu the fourth. The main shrine holds a single statue of the Buddha.
Embekke Devalaya is most known for the stunning woodcarvings, pillars and various other structures located within the premises. The temple was built in the year 1370 and was believed to have been built by the Queen and a drummer from the village. Admire the intricate wood carvings in the main halls and the temple as you explore the wondrous aspects of this temple.
Constructed as a four storey building, Lankathilaka temple stands at eighty feet high on an uneven rock overlooking the Hantane Mountain Range. Dating back to 1344 AD when King Buwanekabahu IV built the temple, was dedicated to the worship of the Buddha and other deities including Vishnu, Vibhishana, Kumara Banadara, and Saman.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa is a sacred place of worship for Buddhists as it is believed to hold the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. The city is believed to have been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mostly due to the significance of the temple. The temple was built within the complex of the royal palace, as it was believed that whoever holds the sacred tooth relic has to hold the governance of the country.
The inner museum located behind the temple grounds and adjacent to the palace complex, features a collection of artefacts, statues and images donated from around the world. Another museum dedicated to the Raja the Elephant, the first tusker who paraded the streets while holding that tooth.
Kandy Lake ushers in cool winds from the surrounding mountains to the busy streets. This man-made lake is built right opposite the temple complex. It was said that the king built this lake with a secret tunnel that passes through the palace. You can walk around the lake or enjoy a scenic boat ride from one end to the other.
Udawattakele Forest Reserve (Bird Watching, Cycling, Trekking)
A forest reserve located right above the Sri Dalada Maligawa and the royal palace, Udawatta Kele Forest Reserve encompasses 104 hectares of thick jungle complete with a royal bathing pond, tranquil ponds and a shaded walkway that’s perfect for a stroll. It was believed that the members of the royal family used this as a leisure garden when they wanted to get away from the palace grounds.
National Museum Of Kandy
The National Museum of Kandy is located right next to the Sri Dalada Maligawa and forms part of the Royal Palace complex. The museum holds a collection of more than 1500 ornaments, ancient weapons, jewelry, tools, and much more, some of which stem from the colonial and pre-colonial days of Sri Lanka.
Known to be the oldest temples structure in the world, Natha Devale is believed to have been built by King Vikramabahu III in the 14th century.
International Buddhist Museum
The International Buddhist Museum is the world’s first international Buddhist Museum. Located next to the National Museum of Kandy and the Sri Dalada Maligawa. The museum was built based on the contributions made by China, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Depal and Pakistan.
Situated right next to the sacred temple of the tooth, the Royal Palace was the official residence of the last king of Kandy. It is believed that the only reason the temple and palace is located within the same complex is because whoever had the right to govern the country should hold hold the relic for safe keeping.
Asgiri Maha Viharaya is a monastery in Kandy, which is believed to be one of the monasteries that holds the custodianship of the sacred tooth relic. There are approximately 500 under each group.
Treat yourself to this stunning view of the hilly city of Kandy and the beauty that it wraps itself around.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya
The Royal Botanical gardens in Peradeniya were once believed to be used as a secret, private garden for the royal family. However, following the end of monarchial rule, the gardens were open to the public and now display well manicured lawns, towering trees and shaded pathways. There are approximately 4000 labelled species of birds that you can watch out for!
Yoga Reiki Meditation (Depend On Client)
Practise the art of yoga reiki meditation, which combines the use of Japanese healing techniques together with the traditional meditation and yoga poses. This method of treatment is said to nourish the mind, body and soul of the individual.
Cultural Show (5.00 PM)
The ideal opportunity to embrace and watch in awe at the cultural show, where traditional Sri Lankan dancers take the stage to display their many talents and skills. Listen to the rhythmic sounds of the drums and tap your feet as the cultural dancers prepare to amazing you!
Scenic Train Ride To Nanuoya (Start At 8. 40 AM)
The famed train ride to Nanu Oya station is incredibly popular, solely because of its breathtaking scenery en-route to the station. Nanu Oya is the closest station to the town of Nuwara Eliya.
Colourful gems and precious stones are found in Sri Lanka. A gem and shopping tour is the perfect way to get yourself a precious stone as a souvenir.
Spices Garden (Visit En -Route)
Sri Lanka’s spice garden take you on a sensory adventure. Sample the island’s most delectable flavours and mouthwatering spices. From cinnamon and ginger to turmeric and cardamom, the spice garden en-route to your next destination promises you a world of excitement and you learn where and how these spices come from!
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (Visit En-Route 08.30 AM)
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage initially began as a haven for orphaned and rescued elephants, especially during the long war that destroyed the country. Elephants are nursed back to health and rehabilitated. Twice a day, you’ll find the herd of elephants walking down a narrow alley to get to the river!
Kandy Esala Perahera (July - August)
The Kandy Esala Perahera is a festival of lights and traditional dancing in order to commemorate the sacred tooth relic. This event occurs from the month of July until August. The tooth relic is paraded on the streets of Kandy to celebrate Lord Buddha’s presence in the country. Fire breathers, traditional dancers, drummers, musicians and many more are a part of this town’s most significant event.