Top 5 Travel Experiences in Kandy
Noted as the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka has many places to visit, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic being the highlight. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the sacred tooth relic of the lord 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 Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Well, when visiting Kandy all most all travelers visit Temple of Tooth Relic, Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden and do some walks in the town near Kandy Lake. Then Kandy is DONE. But that is not all in Kandy. One must go little off the beaten path to experience the true Kandyan experience. Mist capped mountain cliffs in Knuckles mountain range, rural villages untouched by mass tourism in the foot hills of Knuckles mountains, stay with a local family, cook a traditional meal or two with locals with a local market visit, walk with a local villager in the countryside and staying in a Kandyan Tea estate bungalow is the way to experience true Kandyan and Sri Lankan culture.
Following are some of the most authentic experiences I recommend you doing when visiting Kandy during your holiday in Sri Lanka.