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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      First of all let me start with the sales agent Mr.darshana, I just gave him the no. of days I would be visiting Sri Lanka and he was amazingly quick to put together a plan for us in a couple of minutes,his choices of hotels were amazing, especially the views from the rooms. Their prices are reasonable and services are excellent. We landed on 6th august,2019 in SL and the guide(Mr.Ramesh) was waiting for us patiently with the name board,he was not difficult to find. He was courteous and polite and helped us board the vehicle and start our trip to the different destination in sri lanka. We travelled from Colombo->Kandy->Nuweraellaya->ella->Beruwala(water sports and river safari). They even plan a day trip to visit the town of Galle from beruwala. I would definitely suggest Relax Lanka Tours to anyone travelling to Sri Lanka.
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      The Driver was not good all he wanted was to make commission. He was late to pick us up 2 times because of which we missed the kandy festival........ when we had to go pinnawala Elephant Orphanage he took us to the private spot where we could ride elephants but those elephants were very dirty even in Nuwara Eliya he told us to take pictues from far away and he knew nothing about the waterfall there and was so confident about the little knowledge he had but that knowledge was wrong too.............. Even on the last day when we were to depart we had to take an uber because this guy was late we were actually at the boarding gate when we got his call that he was waiting outside, terrible service by the driver..... only giving five because the hotel was good and sri lanka is a good place to visit but not with this agent
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      New delhi, 13 days ago

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      The Driver was not good all he wanted was to make commission. He was late to pick us up 2 times because of which we missed the kandy festival........ when we had to go pinnawala Elephant Orphanage he took us to the private spot where we could ride elephants but those elephants were very dirty even in Nuwara Eliya he told us to take pictues from far away and he knew nothing about the waterfall there and was so confident about the little knowledge he had but that knowledge was wrong too.............. Even on the last day when we were to depart we had to take an uber because this guy was late we were actually at the boarding gate when we got his call that he was waiting outside, terrible service by the driver..... only giving five because the hotel was good and sri lanka is a good place to visit but not with this agent
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      Rijak Singh Official

      New delhi, 13 days ago

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      Trip was amazing. Tour was well organized. Hotels could have provided better service at some places, like nuwara eliya. Our cab driver, Hafiz was an amazing person with great knowledge of the places and history. Thanks direct link and travel triangle for organizing a great trip. Train journey from kandy to nuwara eliya.
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      Abhishek Saha

      Kolkata, a month ago

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      We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka which lasted from 6th July 2019 to 18th July 2019. Everything was made super easy and accessible during the trip due to a responsible driver, AC car and good food. Sri Lanka is truly very peaceful, clean and green country with hospitable and welcoming people. For instance, we were served fresh juices everytime we checked-in in a hotel. This is indeed the best family trip of our life. Thanks to your company 'Amara Lanka Tours' :) Honestly this trip on the whole was an excellent and unforgettable memory itself! To point out, the spectacular Nine Arch Bridge was good for photography. One memorable experience in Nuwara Eliya was staying in luxurious hotels located at the peak of cloudy mountains with waterfall gushing in front and dark-green gardens beneath us. We enjoyed the elephant ride at the Elephant Orphanage in Sirigiya. Moreover, the train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella became an unforgettable experience because of a wonderful scenery we enjoyed from a great height with cold winds splashing our faces. We had a great shopping experience in Colombo in stores like Kandy Uptown and Glitz. Furthermore, watching tea production encouraged us to buy their good-quality teas for our family and friends. Handeling delicate and small turtles was fun along with watching 75 years old turtles at a turtle hatchery. Undoubtedly Sri Lanka is rich in natural beauty and deserves more and more tourists.
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      Touheedsheikh

      Riyadh saudi arabia, a month ago

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      trip was planned beautifully. also cab driver was so polite and he took care of every single thing during the trip. we would love to visit srilanka again. at the kandy hotel, Temple of the tooth relic, elephant orphanage, ramboda temple, bentota hotel.
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      Pushkarlohar

      Mumbai, a month ago

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      Trip was all good.. We enjoyed Sri Lanka.. But i guess travel agent should be listening us promptly and solving our query asap.. As hotels at few places were not upto mark and we complained him too but there was no positive reply from his side! Best memories were made in kandy trincomale and nuwara ellya We simply loved local Sri Lankan cuisine! And the best part was we covered all the seasons in 1 season! Beautiful place!
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      Vishwadeep Kesarwani

      Chhattisgarh, a month ago

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      Overall good experience, except hotel Rivendell in Kandy had a comfortable stay. Rivendell also good but booking issue with the agent finally they were able to allot a room but tats bit average room. Hotels were good had a comfortable and memorable stay, chauffeur was really good he suggested many things like rafting and other activities. We enjoyed
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      Rajasekar R

      Chennai, a month ago

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      all agents services are nice except hotel choice not OK, I'm happy with 2 hotels only . others were bad. anyway I got nice vacation thanks a lot. Nuwralia and Bentota are best cities in srilanka. Colombo,Yala and Kandy nothing interesting there.
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      Maher Alharbi

      Jeddah saudi arabia, a month ago

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      Travel triangle just about did everything right in facilitating our 6 day visit to Srilanka. Udani traels,Sri Lanka were efficient and always available for any assistance.The hotels they booked at both in Kandy as well as Bentota turned out to be excellent. All together a very enjoyabel experience. The hotel stay at Grand Kandian,Kandy,as well as Earl Reef Bentota were excellent choices,and credit to Udani holidays for choosing the best of hotels. The travel guide maduranga proved to be very versatile and knew just about everything ,including places to dine. The beaches of Bentota,as well as sea food cuisine in the sea resorts are at par with the best in the world.
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      Coimbatore, a month ago

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    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.

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

    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.

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