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Tourist destination Kandy in Sri Lanka
The sacred city of Kandy, a major city in Sri Lanka and a much sought after tourist destination, is three-hour drive from Colombo, the capital city of the country.

The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau with greenery of tropical plantations and tea gardens.  The Colombo-Kandy road, that passes through rubber plantations and rice paddies as well, goes the way up winding over the hills, is the most scenic road of the country.

Kandy is located in the mountainous and thickly forested interior of the island nation and train journey from Colombo to Kandy is another treat, if you love train rides.

Currently, my kin including my wife are visiting Kandy. I had to drop out because of ill-health. However, with some inputs and research, I am writing about the place.

Kandy combines both the ancient look with religious fervour and modernity. Among Buddhists and foreign tourists, the city is the most sought after place of visit. The Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is visited by thousands of visitors every day.

At this temple which is deemed as one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world and being a UNESCO world heritage site, you can see the sacred tooth box behind a glass window. If you are religious minded you must visit this temple early in the morning since later it gets crowded with the tourists.

The Temple of the Tooth or Sri Dalada Maligawa, is a beautiful Buddhist temple though the city is dotted with many other temples with monks moving around and performing rituals and followers worshipping Lord Buddha.

The city has moderate climate with temperatures between 19 to 28 degree Celsius year around and near it is the Royal Botanical Garden which is visited by serious tourists and fun loving crowds alike. The trees here were planted by various famous people including Mahatma Gandhi.

Another site worth visiting is the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue, one of the biggest Buddha statues of Sri Lanka. But the location is also an incredible view point. If you climb up the stairs on the back of the statue you'll have a wonderful panoramic view of the city.

Many people also visit the Gadaladeniya Buddhist temple but here you find the crowds and it makes the temple a calm place. The architecture and fine structure of the temple built in stone at the hilltop gives an amazing scenic view of the surrounding areas. However, one must follow the dress code of covering knees and shoulders while visiting Buddhist temples.

Kandy Lake and the Royal Palace of Kandy are other two iconic places in the city. The scenery is heart-warming. There are several spots from where you can glance over the river and the Temple. The island in the lake with palm trees is also worth watching.

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