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Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth
It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.

Monks of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evening. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the Sacred Relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers, called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.

The temple sustained damage from bombings at various times but was fully restored each time.

Udawatte Kele Royal Sanctuary

Udawatte Kele Royal Sanctuary
Udawatta Kele was known as "Uda Wasala Watta" in Sinhalese meaning, "the garden situated above the royal palace". The sanctuary is famous for its extensive avifauna. The reserve also contains a large variety of flora species. The forest is also of religious importance as there are a three Buddhist meditation hermitages here, and a few ancient or mediaeval rock shelter dwellings for Buddhist monk hermits. Udawatta Kele was designated as a forest reserve in 1856, and it became a sanctuary in 1938.[1] The Sri Lanka Forest Department has two offices in the reserve, one of which has a nature education centre with a display of pictures, posters, stuffed animals, etc. Groups of school children and students regularly visit the forest and the education centre. The forest is also popular with foreign tourists, especially bird watchers.



Bahirawakanda Temple

Bahirawakanda Temple
The ominipresent Buddha statue seen from everywhere in Kandy city. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Temple, just 1 km away from the Kandy city. The way to the temple is not easy to locate, you have to take three wheeler or ask local. Entrance fee 200 LKR.



The Tea Museum, Hantane, Kandy

The Tea Museum, Hantane, Kandy
The Tea Museum, Hantane, Kandy. The ancient Tea Factory of Hantana Estate is converted into a Museum dedicated to the history of Sri Lanka Tea. Run by the Sri Lanka Tea Board.



Kandy Perahera

Kandy Perahera
Kandy is also famous for the Esala Perahera, easily the most colorful pageant in Asia. As the pageantry unfolds through Ten nights each year, the city of Kandy takes on the air of a torch-lit dreamland. The par taking colorfully caparisoned elephants, drummers, dancers and chieftains in the rare colorful trappings of the old kingdom.



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