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Kandy

Lying 115 km from Colombo, Kandy is Sri Lanka's second biggest city and the capital of the central province. The busy town is situated in a valley at an elevation of 600m, inside a wide loop of the Mahaweli River and is surrounded by hills covered with tropical vegetation. Home to the Sri Dalada Maligawa - the beautiful temple that houses the tooth relic of Lord Buddha - Kandy is also a popular stop during July/August when the annual Esala Perehera (holy festival) takes to the streets of the city. Thousands of drummers and dancers perform accompanying a parade of decorated elephants. The leading tusker carries a tooth of Lord Buddha. The cool climate of the hills is a relief after the cloying heat of the lowlands, and the lovely Kandy Lake and the drives around it are set amidst great scenic beauty. Kandy is famous for its hand-made silver jewellery and traditional craftsmen working in bronze.

The Royal Botanical Garden

Once a pleasure gardens of a Kandyan Queen this 40ha land is a beautiful park with numerous tropical foliage and the best in the island. The Commander of the allied forces in Southeast Asia Earl Mountbatten had the headquarters in the garden during the Second World War. It hosts more than 5000 varieties of plants and flowers and is considered one of the finest in Asia.

Kandy Lake

This lake was built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, the last king of Kandy. It has certainly enriched the beauty of the city and refreshes the mood of the visitor who walks by it.

The Temple of Tooth

Built by King Wimaladharmasooriya in the 16th century, the Temple of the Tooth (or Dalada Maligawa) contains the most sacred relic of Buddhism and the most precious symbol of Sinhalese pride. Guarded and venerated by the ancient kings, this sacred tooth was once feared to have been burnt by the Portuguese, only for these claims to be falsified soon afterwards. The best time to visit the temple is for the evening pujawa (ceremony). The traditional drum beats create an ambience of anticipation and mystery, which is rather fitting considering that the tooth itself is never seen.

Nuwara Eliya

The hill station of Nuwara Eliya (City of Light) is celebrated for its fresh climate, the wonderful scenery all around, and it's "Englishness". Wonderful mountain panoramas surround the wide valley, into which fall many lovely but icy waterfalls. There are still a few patches of virgin jungle left, with stunted, gnarled trees, primitive tree ferns and strange looking lichen. It is the hub of the tea country, lying 77 km from Kandy and 180 km from Colombo. At an elevation of 1800m, the temperature varies from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, falling to near zero on winter nights and producing occasional frost. Nuwara Eliya is a good escape for those who miss cool breeze in tropical Sri Lanka at any time of the year. The roads zigzag through the most spectacular mountain scenery to reach this picturesque district. Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in mid 19the century Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. In the month of April every year Nuwara Eliya assumes a festive mood with thousands of holidaymakers retreating to the Hill Station to escape the busy City life. Nuwara Eliya offers many activities for tourists including visits to tea plantations golfing, horse riding, boating, hiking and of course exploring the beauty of the landscaped gardens, waterfalls and plateaus.

Adam's Peak

This Holy Mountain has been venerated by all faiths and countless pilgrims have climbed up 7,600 feet to its summit, since the 11th century. Buddhists believe the holy footprint at its summit to be that of the Buddha himself. To Hindus it is the footprint of Lord Shiva. Muslims believe it to be the place where Adam first set foot on earth and many Roman Catholics say the footprint impressed in the boulder is that of St. Thomas, the early Christian apostle, who preached in South India. What might be the longest stairway in the world climbs through tropical montane vegetation. Pilgrims reaching the summit at dawn witness an almost supernatural spectacle: the magnified triangular shadow of the peak itself superimposed on the awakening countryside.

Pinnawela

Set amongst the verdant hills of Kegalle is a unique orphanage, where the tiny tots weigh in at 60 kg and more. This is the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage at Rambukkana, 88 km from Colombo en route to Kandy. It's the world's first and only elephant orphanage established in 1975 to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Other occupants are elephants displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those found wounded. Visitors could see the baby elephants being fed milk from gigantic feeding bottles, definitely an unforgettable sight! The sanctuary is spread over 25 acres of lush forest with a wide river flowing through it, and is home to more than 60 elephants at present that roam around freely. This elephant orphanage is also a breeding place for elephants. More than twenty-three elephants have been born since 1984, and the orphanage has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. The orphanage is very popular among local and foreign tourists. The main attraction is the opportunity to observe the bathing elephant from the broad river bank as the herd interacts socially, bathing and playing. The orphanage is open to the public daily, and all admission fees are used to look after the elephants. Visitors to the park can view many different aspects of the care and daily routine of the elephants, such as bottle feeding of elephant calves, feeding of all other elephants, and bathing.

Horton Plains

Shrouded in cold mists on top of Sri Lanka's mountains, at a height of more than 2,000m, lie the Horton Plains. A part of the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and dramatically different from the coastal plains thousands of feet below, it is a plateau of 3,150 hectares in area. It is a wild and windswept plain of grasslands or patanas and patches of eerie forests. Residents include elk, monkeys, eagles, horned lizards and the occasional leopard. The Plains were uninhabited by the local population but were prized hunting and fishing grounds for the Europeans who "discovered" them in the early 19th century. Many landmarks are named after British governors, planters and hunters. Trout was introduced to the pristine rivers and lakes and still attract serious anglers, although a permit is now required. All other creatures on the plains are protected

Victoria Dam

just 30 km to the observation unit of the dam from our bungalow.

The Victoria dam is located in a deeply incised gorge in the Dumbare Valley, immediately downstream of the confluence of the River Mahaweli & the Hulu Ganga river in Teldeniya. It is a double curvature arch dam,122m (400ft) high, & 507m (1663ft) long measured along the crest. Its design is said to be the most suitable for the geological conditions & terrain obtaining at Victoria. It has created a storage reservoir of 730 million cubic meters & a power capacity of 210 MW. A unique feature of the Victoria dam is automatically opening spillway crest gates to water when the reservoir level rises beyond full supply level. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second & His Royal Highness Prince Philip visited the Victoria project site in October 1981.

Knuckles Mountain range

The Knuckles Mountain Range covers parts of Kandy and Matale districts and is separated from the Central Hills by the Mahaveli Valley to the South and East and the Matale Valley to the West. The importance of the Knuckles Mountain Range is obtained from several factors. It has a parasitical quality to it because of the mountain peaks, the crystal clear and perennial waterways, cloud forests and exquisite fauna and flora. Pregnant with history running into several millennia and a veritable treasure house of cultural heritage, the Knuckles Mountain Range can be considered a as a mirror to the past.

Knuckles mountain range and forest reserve is a world famous destination for hiking, trekking, bird watching, camping and many other adventure activities.

Victoria Golf course – 26 km away from Kandy city

The 18-hole championship golf course set in a 517-acre site by the Victoria reservoir was designed to USPGA specification by golf architect Donald Steel. Stately trees & avenues of coconut palms lend the course an air of maturity although it was established only in 1999. Impressive natural outcrops of rocks are a distinctive feature as well as a hazard of the course. The club house consists of changing rooms, showers, food service & golf shop

Meemure Village

A Visit to meemure village offers guests an opportunity to experience what it is like to live in the ancient isolated village of Meemure. The village is situated deep in the Knuckles Wilderness, where the local people have maintained their traditional and cultural attitudes towards the forest's existence. They rely heavily on the forest for their survival and gain as much as 63% of their total income from the forest resources