We have carefully selected a number of local excursions for our guests to enjoy in the local vicinity and further around the historic city of Kandy.
Knuckles Range or “Dumbara”
is a barrage of intricate peaks incused by deep valleys. This World Heritage Site is home to wonderful array of indigenous flora and fauna and remains the least explored part of Sri Lanka. Great for light walks and trekking.
Hantane Ranger Reserve
south west of Kandy, resembles the arched back of a lizard hence the local name “Katussa Kanda” or Lizard Mountain. It is a mix of dry grass land on top of rainforest interspersed with pine and tea. In clear weather the Knuckles Range can be seen across the Kandy plateau all the way down to the lowlands.
is a wonderful example of Sinhalese traditional architecture. Built out of clay bricks, it is thought that it was originally a five storied building. The walls and ceilings are filled with paintings and creative wood carvings.
was once used to hide the sacred relic of the Tooth. The temple is built into a rock and has some very pretty murals. Hindegala continues to be used for daily offerings and teachings.
was built during the Gampola regime around 1370 by King Vikrama-bahu. The main hall, pillars, doors and columns are heavily decorated with stunning rock carvings.
Kandy has many places of interest on offer for the curious traveller.
Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sacred Temple of the Tooth)
was built in the 17th Century and is believed to house the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Since the ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics; whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the Country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Uda Watte Kelle
is a unique nature reserve in the centre of Kandy, easily accessible and boasts a great variety of flora and fauna. The reserve is popular with bird watchers and is of religious importance; there are three Buddhist meditation hermitages and three rock shelter dwellings for Buddhist monk hermits.
The Trinity Chapel
holds a little known secret of 4 murals by Sri Lankan artist David Paynter, who used to be part of the staff at Trinity College. The murals were revolutionary when conceived, as the Biblical Stories were given a Sri Lankan setting.
Kandy Samadhi Centre
Lunch at the Kandy Samadhi Centre with Waruna Jayasinghe, antique dealer and collector. Carefully built with the utmost respect for the surroundings, the amazing Samadhi Centre is made for refuge, retreats and contemplation. The property is built on a hillside bank of the Hulu Ganga River.
Raju and Rudrani
Sri Lankan art has of a distinct mode of expression. Meet 2 of our favourite artists Raju and Rudrani father and daughter, for afternoon tea and a walk on the property. Chat about art and life in Kandy today with a prolific artist in a sparse village hamlet on the outskirts of Kandy.
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