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Excursion - Close To Home

Kandy

Just over an hour from The Estate House, Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site.  After driving around the Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king Sri WickramaRajasinghe in 1798, visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum, followed by a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. The tooth is believed to have belonged to Lord Buddha himself & is housed in a beautiful temple complex.

Kandy is perhaps most famous, however, for the annual Perahara, a most magnificent sight which sees the scared tooth relic take to the streets accompanied by dancers, drummers and most significantly elephants dressed in all their finery and adorned with lights. The parade which goes through the streets of Kandy builds into a spectacular procession over ten consecutive nights with the number of elephants growing each night. The procession normally takes place annually at the end of July or in early August.

On route back to the Estate House a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is highly recommended. Dating back to 1371, the gardens are set over 147 acres, with over 4000 species and a spectacular collection of orchids.