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    Kandyan Spice Grove

    by jo104 Updated Apr 23, 2015

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    I had never been to a spice garden in the whole year and a half of being in Sri Lanka, so when I asked Toga to take me only the best would do for me. We visited Kandyan Spice Grove and I found it really interesting at the end of the session you receive a leaflet of all the various uses of herbs and natural plants.

    Carolyn and myself got a really nice massage at the end of the product discussion although perhaps I would suggest to the ladies to wear their bikinis.

    We got a tour by the ayurvedic doctor he is really knowledgable but is not always on site. The people that work there are all training at the aryuvedic hospital.

    In sri lanka ayurvedic medicine is heavily practised to the extent that there are government ayurvedic hospitals which many choose over traditional western medicine.

    I have tried paspunguwa a herbal remedy for colds, fevers and it really works not great tasting but swallow the tea with a spoonful of honey. Also tooth whitening powder polish your teeth and it also protects the gums uses cloves. My friends from the middle east purchase an acne remedy for their sister which they swear by. The hair removal cream smells a bit like nair so I was not completely convinced but yes it did remove the hair.

    If you do choose to buy products from a spice garden you will pay a premium price but do haggle the prices down.

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    The World Buddhist Museum - Kandy

    by Treshi Updated Dec 2, 2014

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    A nice museum located at the Temple of Tooth believed to be established during the time of King Sri Wickrama Rajasingha. This Museum consists of many articles from the history of Kandy and also Buddhism in other countries.

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    A must see.. Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens

    by Treshi Written Dec 2, 2014

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    One of the must sees if you are in Kandy. Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens consists of varieties of plants, flowers, trees, spice gardens and a beautiful orchid house. A nice place to walk around ...

    Inside the Gardens Inside the gardens One of the most beautiful places  inside Flower beds inside The Entrance to the Botanical Gardens
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    Bahirawa Kanda Temple

    by Treshi Written Dec 2, 2014

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    Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya at Bahirawakanda is a an attractive site located in a hilly place in the Kandy city itself which is seen from a distance. The monastery was commended in the year 1972 by the the ven.Ampitiye Dammarama Thero. This is also a must see in the Kandy city.

    The Buddha Statue from a distance Stairway to the statue Inside the temple Temple Temple
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    Embekke Dewalaya

    by Treshi Written Dec 2, 2014

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    Embekke Devalaya is situated in Pilimathalawa, kandy which has finest wood carving work. This Devalaya is dedicated to the the god Kataragama which is situated in the same location. Embekke Devalaya was build in around 1370's during the Gampole regime time by the king Wickramabahu 11.

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    Lankathilaka Temple

    by Treshi Written Dec 2, 2014

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    Lankathilaka Temple is located in Hiripitiya, Kandy build by King Buwanekabahu IV in 1344 AD which is a must do if you visit Kandy. The specialty of the temple is that its a four storied building built on an uneven bed rock.

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    Arena Cinema

    by jo104 Written Jan 27, 2014

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    It is very strange that in a big city like Kandy where there are many English speakers that they do not have English cinema. There are several cinemas showing Sinhala movies, this one shows Hindi movies with English subtitles. I saw the Boss starring Akshay Kumar it was hilarious with lots of Bollywood dancing. The Bollywood movies tend to be a lot longer this one was 2hrs 20 minutes with an interval break.

    The cinema was virtually deserted and the seats are a bit uncomfortable like school lecture theatre. The toilets are squat toilets so if you don’t fancy that skip the coke.

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    Royal Botanical Gardens

    by jo104 Written Jan 27, 2014

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    This is about 6km outside of Kandy city and has the most amazing selection of orchids in their greenhouse. The gardens are not huge but they are rather pretty and there is one large tea where thousands of bats nest and it’s the middle of the day. There is the cannonball tree planted by King George V and Queen Mary

    The gardens are the royal gardens and the story dates back to 1371 when King Wickrambahu III ruled. A temple was built here during King Wimala Dharma’s time but the Brits destroyed it when they took over control of Kandy. The gardens were established in 1843 by the British bringing plants from Kew gardens, Slave Island in Colombo and from Kalutara. During WWII it was used as headquarters for the SE Asia Command. Many dignatries have planted trees most recently Prince Charles of the UK.

    The gardens open at 8am and close at 5.30pm daily tickets for Adults are LKR600, children and students LKR300

    There is 2 eating places inside one is a bit more posh.

    This is usually a stop included in a tuk tuk tour, see my transport recommendation for Toga Kandy Tours tuk tuk he is really great and has good reviews on tripadvisor.

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  • Victoria Dam half day driving trip from Kandy

    by AnnieMAloney Written Nov 13, 2013

    Today we took the time to travel out to the Dam by car. It's about 20km south of Kandy. This feat of engineering was completed in the late 70's and the museum on the south side is located high above the dam giving a wonderful vista of the dam, lake and topography. The drive out takes you through villages which are less commercial. We saw waterfalls, brick making, logging, Hindu temples, a funeral and unspoilt jungle areas where cultivation is difficult. The road is excellent for much of the route having been upgraded during the building works and since. The dam museum is secured by guards in a well maintained garden and the photostops and vews are fantastic as you drive there and on arrival. It has a decaying display of photos which badly need restoration but they show how important the dam has been to power generation and irrigation in the region. It's sleepy in arrival, it looked like we were the first people to visit in days. The conveniences and facilities were neglected so don't expect too much on that front. Donation only no charge to enter.

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  • Oakray Woodcarvings

    by karenpnz Written Jul 10, 2013

    On the surface this is a wood carving centre and store. But in reality it is a rip off. They show you the wood carving process which is interesting but do not buy anything from this store as the prices are hugely inflated. For example the price for one item was 12800 rupees. What they do is they then discount hugely so you think you are getting a good price. I haggled to 5000 rupees. Once I had made my purchase I was then told by a local the real price should have been 2000-2500 rupees. It's a scam and the sales people are well practised. Tour guides and tuk tuk drivers take unsuspecting tourists here to rip them off and get huge commissions - up to 50% which means at best you will be paying double the price you should pay. When I confronted them about this scam after I found out they didn't reply to me. Avoid this place like the plague and their other branch in Sigiriya.

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    Charming Lankatilaka Temple

    by abi_maha Written Feb 19, 2013

    At the outskirts of Kandy town, youwill find this unique Buddhist temple built of stone, brick, and lime plaster. Lankatilaka Temple was first built in 1344 during the rein of King Buvanekabahu IV. This temple is built on a large, uneven outcropping, forcing the builders to construct off an uneven foundation, however the scenerey behind makes for a lovely backdrop. Originally, the temple was built in four stories and rose some 25 meters. Now, the temple only has a section of the first floor covered with a tiled wooden roof. The "dragon arch" main entrance, which faces east, is accessed from a long stone stairway leading from the village at the base of the rock. The large white Stupa outside is also wonderful and had a very calming effect on us. A small plac, but we easily spent a couple of hours soaking in the atmosphere.
    Outside the entrance are some souvenier shops that are nice. We particularly recommend the wooden crafts store outside where you can buy some Srilankan artifacts & masks at a very good price.

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    Ancient Gadaladeniya Temple

    by abi_maha Written Feb 19, 2013

    Gadaladeniya Temple is located at Pilimathalawa, Kandy. It is located on a small hilltop and is easily accessible by car. Gadaladeniaya Temple was build by king Wickramabahu in 1344 during the Gampola Kingdom time. The temple architecture seems similar to what we see in South of India, there are smaller temples within the complex. The frescoes and paintings within are wonderful, while they retain the charm that ancient buildings have. When we visited there were hardly any ther folks here, striking a contrast tot the tooth relic temple. We felt really at peace here and loved the ambience

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    Visit the botanical garden

    by abi_maha Written Feb 19, 2013

    The botanical garden in Kandy is quite good, but the entrance fee is high at SLR 1500 pp. The orchid garden is a small green house at one corner, the palm grove/walk is nice (see pic). We spent quite a bit of our time around the pond- it housed many monitor lizards and birds including the paradise fly catcher. All in all a good 2-3 hours trip, but expect nothing spectacular and the restaurant within has a decent menu for lunch.

    Palm Walk The small pond within

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    Pinawella Elephant orphanage

    by h.ghabra Written Oct 29, 2012

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    Located in Pinawella ( On the way to kandy ).. you can see how they take care of the elephants here..
    every day at 8:30 and 10 :30 am , they take the elephants to the close river for a bath... try not to miss that !
    tickets are 2000 Rbs for foreigners and 100 only for locals.... buy your ticket yourself...

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    Viewpoint

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Jan 20, 2012

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    The night saw us at one of the highest roads in Kandy above the lake for a night view of the famous city from the Viewpoint. It was a fascinating sight to see the city as a carpet of lights spread out in all its splendour. A nearby statue of the Buddha, with a hooded cobra providing shelter, was the perfect backdrop.

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