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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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    TEMPLES

    by cazz38 Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    This was taken outside the Temple of the Tooth,it is a genuine place of worship,the original dated from the16th century,though most of the present building and the octagon(which was badly damaged in the 1998 attack)were built in the early 19th century.It houses the buddahs tooth which you cant see its hidden in caskets inside the temple.

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    DANCERS OF SRI LANKA

    by cazz38 Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    If you are in Kandy you must go and see the dancers,there are twelve different dances altogether,with different costumes for each dance,when they have finnished you move outside where you can see the fire walkers,where they walk barefoot across hot coals.

    some of the dancers
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    PERADENIYA ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

    by ViajesdelMundo Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    One of the best Botanical Gardens in Asia; well-known for its ORCHID HOUSE and Avenue of Palms, and has a rich, long history (see website below).

    The gardens are open all year, 8am to 5:30pm and easily reached by bus if you don't have a vehicle.

    ADMISSION FEES: (Guideline; these may change)
    Non-Residents :
    Adults Rs. 800.00
    Children (Between 5-12 Years) Rs. 300.00
    Students Rs. 300.00
    Tickets are valid only on the purchasing date.

    Cars are not allowed; one must walk thru the gardens, which are very extensive. There are occasionally places to sit, as well as toilet facilities.
    They also mention a cafeteria, but this may be hit or miss, as last time I was there, only a small, not very hospitable counter was open with almost nothing to sell. It may have improved.......but I would definitely take drinking water as well as a small snack if you are there over lunch hours.

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    Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth)

    by thelittlevoice Updated May 11, 2004

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    It's a temple which houses Sri Lanka's most important religious relic - the sacred tooth of Buddha. There are 3 daily ceremonies[6am, noon(I can't remember what time exactly), 6pm] of homage to the Tooth Relic, each attracting white-clad pilgrims carrying lotus blossoms and frangipani.

    The relic is open for the public to see only once every 6 years. As you can see from the picture, there's a Chedi that covers the Relic. We Thai people are lucky enough to see this close.

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    Peradeniya Botanical Garden

    by thelittlevoice Written May 11, 2004

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    Situated in the Hill capital Kandy. Visit to this garden will provide spectacles at extraordinary beauty and absorbing interest for any nature lover and casual visitor. 68 miles off-Colombo, 4 miles off Kandy this garden dates from 14th century reign of king Vikrama Bahu III. Peradeniya is well know for it's large variety of plants ornaments, useful machine and other creepers that produce the special spices at Sri Lanka. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees and variety at bamboo can be found in one place.

    Admission is 300 Rupees.

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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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    Sri Dalada Maaligaawa (Temple of Tooth Relic)

    by Oscar_Nonis Written Apr 4, 2004

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    One of the chief objects of interests in Kandy is the 'Dalada Maligawa' or Temple of the Sacred Tooth. This is the heart of Kandy, and the Tooth of Buddha is the heart of it. The relic came from India sixteen centuries ago, and moved from capital to capital always with the king. It is rarely shown and never leaves the temple. The temple and the 'Pattirippuwa', which is the octagonal building on the right of the main entrance, are enclosed by an ornamental stone wall and a moat. Upon entering, you pass through a small quadrangle and turn to the right, up a flight of stone steps, to the temple. The most striking features that attract one's attention are the unusual carvings, brightly coloured frescoes representing torments for various classes of sinners, and many images of Lord Buddha. The flower-sellers are ranged on either side and the atmosphere is heavy with the perfume of the white blossoms. Yellow-robed priests flit here and there, whilst the music of the temple bells and the rhythmic beat of the tom-tom fill the air with strange melodies that harmonize with the nature of the city. At the entrance to the sanctuary which contains the Sacred Tooth is an elaborate door, inlaid with silver and ivory, with two pairs of elephants' tusks on either side. Within this chamber is the huge silver-gilt, bell-shaped shrine that protects the Tooth. Inside this shrine are six inner shrines ornamented with precious stones of rare value

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    The Temple of the Tooth - the good bits!

    by mafi_moya Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    The huge Temple of the Tooth, on the shore of the lake, is Kandy's centrepiece. It's probably the holiest site in the country and Sri Lankans flock to it in their thousands. The famous Buddha's tooth itself is housed upstairs in seven golden caskets placed inside a large silver one - it's fascinating to watch the reverence with which people queue for hours to see the tiny tooth on display.

    As you'd expect there are lots of golden Buddha statues, as well as historical paintings chronicling Buddha's life and the origins of Buddhism in the country. Sri Lanka is one of those Buddhist countries, like Thailand, where everything is decorated in gold and as ostentatious as possible, but there are also some very ornate carvings and leafy trees in the shaded gardens.

    Outside in the grounds, amid the strong smell of incense offerings, there's a wooden pillared audience hall and pleasant garden where elephants are kept. There are also performances of traditional Kandyan dancing and drumming during the day's Puja offerings, which is well worth seeing - check for the times.

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    Paththirippuwa

    by Oscar_Nonis Written Apr 4, 2004

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    The Octagon, or the 'Pattirippuwa' was built shortly before the Kandyan Convention of 1815, by which Kandy was ceded to the British. After being a British military prison, it is now a library, mainly for ancient "olas" - manuscripts on palm-leaves- many of which are magnificently bound and are held in due reverence by pilgrims as containing the teachings of Lord Buddha. The finest thing artistically is in the small shrine beside the stairway of the Octagon- a crystal statue of the Buddha in a most attractive shrine-case.

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    BOTANICAL GARDENS.

    by cazz38 Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    You must go and see the gardens,allow plenty of time as there is so much to look at,there are appox 147 acres,the biggest in Sri Lanka.If i went back the next day i would see completly different things its that big.

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    LOVELY WALKS

    by cazz38 Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    Just walking around the gardens and the grounds of the botanical gardens are breathtaking so much to look at so little time.Every time you turn a corner you get a completely different scenery.

    In the gardens.

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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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    A buddha on the hill

    by call_me_rhia Written Dec 4, 2004

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    My very favourite sight of Kandy is the one I discovered as I was about to leave: after days the sky finally cleared up and, on top of a nearby hill, this nice statue of a sitting buddha showed up. I wish I had known about it before... I wish I could have gone there. I don't know its name or how to get there, but it's a place I hope to visit one day. For the time being, I'm happy to have left Kandy with a really nice memory.

    the buddha on the hill

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    Temple of the Tooth

    by cazz38 Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    The Tooth Relic is housed in the upper storey of the temple,caged behind gilded iron bars is the larger outer casket,each made of silver,inside it are seven smaller caskets each made of gold studded jewels.

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