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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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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    Dimple Jain

    Bangarapet

    Dimple's 6 days trip to Kandy

    Please add some more activities in the trip like flying Ravana and options for Moore vegetarian restaurant

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    Madeline Pantone Horn

    Colombo

    Madeline's 7 days trip to Kandy

    Our driver was great, but we were frustrated because we thought the tour included a driver who was also an English speaking guide. Our driver's English was not fluent enough for him to do more than point out a few things. Hotels were okay, but Bentota hotel had severe mold problem. Planned tour of Colombo was awful. Luckily I did my own research because many of the planned destinations were closed or in disrepair. SIM cards were a total scam. We were given "2 free sims" that were free anyway and then forced to pay for those plans rather than shop competitively for reasonable deals. Water given was insufficient for 4 people- we had to buy our own to supplement. If I did this trip over again I would just hire a driver and find our own hotels and meals and found my own attractions because there was really no value to this tour above the good driver. We loved the river safari in Bentota and botanical garden near Kandy.

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    Nilisamatthew

    Bangalore

    Nilisamatthew's 6 days trip to Kandy

    We were not informed about the payment procedure prior to our arrival. We were ask to pay 675 dollars in cash when we landed in Sri Lanka. There was no information given stating that the payment had to be made directly to the agent on arrival in cash as the first transaction of Rs. 75 dollars was done online. I do not think any tourist will be carrying 675 dollars in cash when they come for a vacation. The Queen's Berry hotel in Nurawa rayalia was not up to the mark at all. The website pictures shown is deceiving to that what was in reality. The food in the hotel was extremely poor. The hotel in Ella showed pictures of a swimming pool. When we went for swimming it was told to us only selected rooms could avail the swimming pool facility. Facts like these should be made clear before it self. The driver and the car providered was very good. Mr. Sashira the driver ensure that we had a pleasant time in Sri Lanka and made there all our journey from one place to another was a comfortable one. He was extremely friendly and helpful. The Cinnamon Bay hotel was one of the best experiences we had over there the hotel standard, quality, food and staff made the stay very enjoyable.

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    Swapnil Vijay

    Mumbai

    Swapnil's 5 days trip to Kandy

    Preference of food should also be asked. We faced difficulty in finding vegetarian food. Hindi speaking driver

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    Neel's 8 days trip to Kandy

    Totally satisfied with Travel Triangle. This was our second experience with Travel triangle.

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    Saurabh Audichya

    Bangalore

    Saurabh's 6 days trip to Kandy

    Great service from Udani Holidays. All the hotels were at great locations except Skyloft Kandy. At each hotel, we found clean rooms and good service. The itinerary was well thought and well planned. The cab was really clean and our driver Waruna was really helpful. Thanks Udani Holidays

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    Mukesh

    Bangalore

    Mukesh's 7 days trip to Kandy

    The best travel Agent you provided. N Tours Colombo. Mr Nadeesh of N Tours provided THE best. Every day he took the best of care. The driver he gave us Onel was such a nice and attentive, no words to praise him.

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    Kirtikumar Sheena Poojary

    Mumbai

    Kirtikumar's 9 days trip to Kandy

    It was a well managed trip.. I and my wife had a lot of fun. Hotel rooms were nice. Special mention of the view from Ella Flower Garden balcony. Food was good for most of the days, except Kamili beach resort. Candle light dinner at Ella Flower Garden was well arranged. Guide was friendly and trustworthy. Above all, Darren, was prompt and easily approachable. Candle light dinner at Ella Flower Garden

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    Nallashruthi

    Hyderabad

    Nallashruthi's 4 days trip to Kandy

    Everything was really good. Our tour guide was really helpful. Except for the stay in lake view comfort bungalow it lacked security. We were robbed of 1,69,000 in the middle of the night from our room. Cos of this we had to go file a complaint in the police station. And one day of the trip was lost.and our guide and travel agent were very helpful in solving this out.

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    Rajendran Shanmugam

    Usa

    Rajendran's 3 days trip to Kandy

    Dhanuka is a great travel agent and did everything possible to make our trip enjoyable. Constantly followed-up to assure my trip is confirmed and checked once during the trip. The hotels that Dhanuka selected for us were just the best fit for our expectations. Only regret is that we should have spent two days each at the Trico Blu and Amethyst Resort (Batticaloa) to enjoy the beach and the amenities surrounding the hotel. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the Abhijeet Bais (Trip guide), and the driver. On the day of submitting the deposit, Abhijeet insisted that I have to send a copy of payment confirmation immediately to proceed with the booking. He would not even listen to my urgency that I was rushing to get to the airport at the time he called me. I have traveled around the world and made credit card payments; never before been asked to produce my payment confirmation, which should have been automatically received by the booking agent - Abhijeet lacked patience, understanding of client's circumstances, and lacked professionalism!! I had to tell Abhijeet to cancel my reservation to get him off the phone. Later I received a text stating that the payment has been confirmed. With Dhanuka doing a wonderful job, I do not see the need for Abhijeet. The driver and the vehicle were a let-down. The driver was warm and somewhat friendly on the first day. Subsequent days, he was not so friendly and at times rood to my sister and brother-in-law. He portrayed self interest rather than the interest of the passengers. I am not an auto mechanic, but in my opinion the back suspensions of the vehicle were in poor condition. On the first day of the trip my wife and I sat in the back seat and were thrown around at every bump on the road. It was NOT the same when we sat in the front seats on subsequent days. If not for Abhijeet, the driver, and the vehicle I would have rated this trip EXCELLENT.

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    FAQ's of Kandy

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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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