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The Temple of Tooth

Dalada Maligawa, adorns the city of Kandy. It is one of the most venerated Buddhist shrines in the world which provide shelter to the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. According to tradition the tooth was rescued from the flames at the cremation of the Buddha at Kusinara in India in 543 BC and brought to the island in the fourth century.

The construction of the Temple of Tooth was started in 1687 and completed in 1782, taking almost a century. The Tooth Relic is not on view except on special occasions. It is taken on an elephant during the annual pageant called Kandy Esala Perahara which is a huge display of variety of aspects of the Sri Lankan culture. The Kandy Esala Perahera takes place annually in the month of August. It is one of the most colourful possessions of the world. Thousands of drummers and dancers accompanying a parade of ornamented elephants perform in the streets of Kandy during the festival days. The procession moves along the streets for seven consecutive nights and concludes on the full moon day of August. The Sinhalaes and Nayakkar rulers in Kandy continued, prompted and protected the local culture by getting the craftsman’s and artists’ guilds involved in this spectacular event.

Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake is built in 1807 by king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth relic. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned. There are many legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its center was used by the king's helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel.

Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

Udawatta Kele Sanctuary is a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge in the city of Kandy. During the days of the kandyan kingdom,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 great variety of plant species,especially lianas, shrubs and small trees. There are several giant lianas. Many of small and medium size mammals that inhabit Sri Lanka can be seen here. Udawatta Kele was designated as a forest reserve in 1856, and it became a sanctuary in 1938.

The National Museum of Kandy

The National Museum of Kandy in is located next to the Temple of the Toth in part of the former Royal Palace of Kandy. The primary exhibits are housed in the Palle Vahala building which was house to the King's harem. A secondary exhibit location is found in the main palace buildingThe Palle Vahala was used as a depository for historic artifacts made by the Kandy Art Association which was established in 1832 and artisans of Matale.

Kandy Garrison Cemetery

Kandy Garrison Cemetery is located beyond the national museum of kandy and besides the lakeside The cemetery was induced in 1817 when as soon as the British retained the control of the kingdom of kandy. The cemetery was open until 1870 but cause of the lack of space it was closed. The cemetery was a memorial of former noblemen and governors. The cemetery was maintained by the Commonwealth war graves commission. Most of the graves are of the war heroes who dedicated their lives for the World War 2.

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