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Attractions In and Out the Kandy City

Kandy is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, located in the heart of the country. The city has been the last royal capital of Sri Lanka located 115kM from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. No tourist ever misses a visit to this marvelous destination having both urban attributes as well as the ancient touch well preserved.

You can easily reach the attractions in the city from he comforts of our hotel. Following are a few of the important places which are at close proximity to Lilly Rosa.

  • The Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
  • Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Gadaladeniya Temple
  • Embekke Temples
  • Lankatilaka Temple
  • Knuckle Mountains
  • Hanthana Mountains
  • Udawatte Kele

The Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

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The most eminent attraction in the city is the Temple of the Tooth of Lord Buddha. Built in the 16th century but improvements and additions have been done to this structure until the fall of the Kandy kingdom. Daily rituals are performed three times a day-at 4.30 a.m., 10.30 a.m., and 6.30 p.m. respectively. The cultural event attached to this sacred place is the Kandy Perahera. The pageant of the temple of tooth is held either in July or August each year is a must see event.

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

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The garden was built in 14th century during the reign of king Vikrama Bahu III. The rich collection of plants at the garden is purely tropical, being characterized by an abundance of climbing plants or lianas, palms, bamboos, screw-pines, epiphytes (orchids, ferns etc.), and lofty trees. The best-known attraction of the garden is the orchid House, which houses more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids.

Gadaladeniya Temple

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The temple is considered one of the finest examples of Buddhist temple architecture. Built in 1344, it is situated on a hilltop at a distance of 15 km from the town. Temple is located at Pilimathalawa, Kandy. When you are driving from Colombo to Kandy, Gadaladeniaya temple road is at your right hand side. The temple is inspired by Dravidian architecture and gives a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.

Embekke Temples

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Devale, famed for its elaborate woodcarvings, pillars and other structures, nestle in the Udu Nuwara. It lies close to Daulagala about eight miles from Kandy.The shrine consists of three sections, the "Sanctum of Garagha", the "Digge" or "Dancing Hall" and the "Hevisi Mandapaya" or the "Drummers' Hall". The Drummers' Hall that has drawn the attention of visitors to the site, due to the splendid wood carvings of its ornate pillars and its high pitched roof.

Lankatilaka Temple

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Lankatilaka temple located in the Udunuwara division of Kandy district, approximately 12 km from the Peradeniya bridge, dates back to 14th century. It is built on the summit of a rock called Panhalgala. This temple which was of four stories earlier is constructed on the uneven surface of the rock with a granite based foundation. This temple is an example for the Buddha and God worship prevailed during Gampola era.

Knuckle Mountains


The Knuckles range is about 90 square miles in extent and is a detached block of the central highlands separated from the main highlands by the the Dumbara Valley. There are 35 peaks rising to more than 3000 feet (915 m) in the Knuckles range. It has a rich variety of flora and fauna.

Hanthana Mountain Range

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Hanthana Mountain Range is spread on the outskirts of Kandy and are a source of many rivulets and streams. They are an ideal destination for the trekkers.

Udawatte Kele

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Udawatte Kele is a primeval forest located above the Dalada Maligawa. It is also known as the Forbidden Forest of the Kings of Kandy. It contains a variety of trees such as Talipot trees, cinnamon, olive, rattan cane, betel, bo-trees, kithul palms, jak, mara, betelnut and arecanut.

You can also reach following destinations away from the city since Kandy is located in the midst of the country.

  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Sigiriya Fortress
  • Habarana & Minneriya Wildlife Parks
  • Nuwera Eliya Tea Estates
  • Nuwara Eliya Gardens


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