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Visit the beautiful Kandy Lake in Kandy

Kandy Lake in Kandy

Wind down at the shores of the tranquil Kandy Lake!

Tourism in Kandy

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Dec - May
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About Kandy Lake in Kandy

Kandy Lake is an artificial waterbody that is considered a sacred relic of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. The lake was made back in 1807 and is one of the best places to visit for a walk or jog along. The shady area next to the temple offers its guests a view of the whole city. There are many temples near the waterbody, but the lake was built to beautify the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. The lake is surrounded by lush greenery and a picturesque mountain stands tall right behind the hydric beauty. There are numerous things that tourists can do in the city. Tourists can go for a calming long walk, a fast-paced jog along the shores or a boat ride on the Kandy Lake in their free time.

History of Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake was built by the last king of the city, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. The lake was built to add to the visual beauty of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. It is called Kiri Muhuda by the locals which literally translates to milky ocean. This waterbody was created in 1807. The new project was protested by a few chiefs since their people had shown resistance from taking up the responsibility in contributing to the labor needed. Their voices were immediately silenced by putting every person who had protested to death. The lake was created and was one of the most important works of the last king of Sri Lanka. After a few years, Britishers invaded the Kandian city that compromised the lake’s maintenance and proper management.

Attractions of Kandy Lake

The Kandy Lake in Sri Lanka has come under the ‘protected’ radar of the government which makes it one of the best tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The lake also has notable attractions attached to it that should be in every tourist’s bucket list.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth: The golden-roofed temple was the reason for the creation of Kandy Lake, Sri Lanka. The temple houses the most important religious relics of all times, the tooth of Buddha. No one is allowed to see the tooth, however, it is stored in a golden casket that is brought out during important festivals. These festivals are filled with so many celebrations that tourists can take part in and experience a peaceful spiritual journey.

Jayatilleke Mandapaya: The Island was originally meant to be a dam for crossing from one side of the lake to another. Later, the dam was destroyed from both sides and the remaining middle portion of the dam plopped on the lake and is now called an island. A few people believe that the island was used by the king and was connected to the palace by the means of a secret tunnel. The island adds to the beauty of the lake and can be visited for its authentic ancient stories behind each scratch or brick out of place.

Walakulu Bamma: The wall is left unfinished to this date. The Walakulu Bamma wall was going to be built to add to the beauty of the Kandy Lake. However, the continuous capture of King Vikrama led to the construction being paused more than a few times. After the Kandian city was surrendered by the king, the British used it as an ammunition storage house. The Walakulu Bamma wall melts the hearts of its onlookers as it still has the original triangular holes that were used by the queen to display their well-lit lamps. Tourists can also find the detailed history behind the unfinished wall, a sign of loyalty and love shown by the subjects, towards their king.

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    Olga Mittal

    New delhi

    Olga's 7 days trip to Kandy

    Had a memorable and amazing time in srilanka thanks to prasanna from sha travels and Kavinda (our guide and driver for the entire trip!) comfortable stays, good hotel bookings. very polite and cooperative! highly recommend them!

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    Hitesh Asnani

    Jaipur

    Hitesh's 5 days trip to Kandy

    there were no hiccups during the trip. Driver and hotel etc. all things were of top notch quality. thank you for your support

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    Amol Ratan Singh Lottey

    New delhi

    Amol's 6 days trip to Kandy

    I traveled to Sri Lanka with my wife to celebrate our 1st marriage anniversary. It was our first ever visit to Sri Lanka and I would say we were lucky to book it with Direct Link Private Limited. Our guide for the tour was Ismath and he did a fantastic job throughout the trip. Our journey was carefully curated to help us experience the maximum number of places in the 5 days that we had for the visit. The choice of hotels was fantastic throughout. Nuwara Eliya was the highlight of our trip - the place is simply magical and the hotel chosen by Mr. Arshad was amazing. I would recommend everyone to choose Direct Link as their travel partners. I look forward to visiting the country again soon once the pandemic ends. Will connect with Direct Link again and would request the services of Ismath once again. Thank you guys for the memorable trip.

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    Nagrajan

    Mumbai

    Nagrajan's 5 days trip to Kandy

    Hi First of Thanks to Travel Triangle - Relax Lanka for this Srilanka Trip - their are some CONS AND PROS- First of all thanks to Driver /Guide Mr. Sanjay he was amazing person - and was very help full throughout the Tour pros :- All the hotels was very Good and luxurious - and in all the hotels dinner was their so didn't faced any problem of food Cons : we have paid 35K for two person thats ok - but for the all the activities we had to pay the Extra charges - 1. like elephant safari - we paid : 3KINR which was not at all worth you can just see some 4 elephants 2.. Madhu River we have paid 60$ for two person for just a ride of 1hours - Again it was not worth - when we checked in the NET it was just 400RS person - We feel like we have been cheated 3. tortoise watching _ we paid 2K INR - again its just a small house hold person running the tortoise park -- not worth One more suggestion they ask for charges for everything- even before travelling we asked them about Corona Crisis they said its nothing over here we reached on 11th March and from 12th March Srilanka has started their to close many things - if they have informed about this we would postphoned our Trip - Even we have enquired about VISA - they have informed us that for indian citizen it is on Arrival - its was not at all True - before travelling we need to take online visa which compulsory and it is free for indian Citizen - But Relax lanka was asking for 20$ fee for visa if i want to take it from them -- it was good i done it from my side Would suggest instead of going to Srilanka - i would suggest plan for NORTH EAST - which is worth value for money

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    Krishnakumar Sriram

    Bengaluru

    Krishnakumar's 9 days trip to Kandy

    Since our trip could not be completed due to corona restrictions, we were forced to return 2 days in advance . We had requested for proportionate refund but not received any response regarding the refund. Kindly consider and refund proportionately in all fairness. We are sure you will respond positively Bhaskar T Whatever covered during the trip was nice. We would like to continue you as our travel partner for all future travel

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    Priya Mittal

    Mumbai

    Priya's 7 days trip to Kandy

    Sri Lanka Trip- Great service by Pearly Gates- Highly recommended- The Company's representative, Nimni, was in constant touch throughout the trip- Customised the trip based on our requirements- Timely responses and excellent private car, Al thought, Driver(Roshan) was was polite and humble but not very informed about places. Balanced Hotel selection , overall a great stay and experience.

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    Deepak Ramu

    Mumbai

    Deepak's 7 days trip to Kandy

    Good hotels! Resourceful driver cum guide! My only issue is with the booking process. Travel triangle took 25 days to finalise my booking even though i was instantly getting back to them with updates/changes to my tour itinerary. I am otherwise completely satisfied with the trip.

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    Abhishek Blade

    Delhi

    Abhishek's 6 days trip to Kandy

    I missed my flight from chennai to colombo due to, your improper connecting flight scheduling, Indigo flight from Delhi to Chennai being delayed and due to reschedule of Indigo flight from 5:55am to 5:40am and by the time I reached the checkin gates were already closed.Due to which I have to book another flight from Chennai to Colombo on Sri lankan Airlines that costed me around Rs. 13794.There is no update from your side that what all are you doing to get my money reimbursed from Indigo because of missed flights as there was no fault of mine for the same and your travel agent told me that they are helpless and you your self need to talk to the Indigo Airlines. Secondly I need a complete distribution of my bills explaining me clearly my flights cost, travel cost, hotels and others which ideally should be done before payment even but I have not received it even after payments and even after my trip

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    Shashank Bhatt

    Delhi

    Shashank's 6 days trip to Kandy

    I booked my trip through Udani and had great experience, Ravishi is spot on right from answering my queries to following up on the trip and post my trip. she is very polite and guided me well. on my Arrival i meet my drive and guide Ravi he is a amazing guy he has taken me to the nicest places to eat and explore. i will surely recommend Udani to the traveler and will soon be back to explore Srilanka further more. cheers. shashank

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    Anil Kumar Srivastava

    New delhi

    Anil's 11 days trip to Kandy

    We undertook 11 days tour of Sri Lanka from 29th Feb to 10th March 2020 and visited Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Mirissa, Bentota and Colombo. The entire tour was well planned by the travel agency and it was quite comfortable tour. Taxi driver with luxurious sedan was with us for the entire tour from day one and provided Sim card for connectivity and also worked as guide. We stayed for 2 days at certain places but no local sightseeing on the first day was arranged by the Agency. At some places food was not to our taste. In all tour was very satisfying and comfortable.

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    The languages that are usually spoken in the areas around Kandi or in most parts of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. However, English has become more prominent in recent years and is understood by almost everyone.

    Tourists can definitely try boating on the Kandy Lake. Boating will allow the tourists to get a closer view of the tranquil lake.

    Kandy Lake has many eateries nearby where one can feast on delicious Sri Lankan cuisine. Restaurants like Avanhala and Empire Cafe are affordable and refreshing for tired tourists.

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