Kandy

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Known as the Hill Capital, this city is situated deep within lush green hills near Sri Lanka's longest river, Mahaweli. The surroundings of Kandy are the perfect picture of a Tropical Landscape. Historically the Kandyan Kingdom originated in 1357 and was the last stronghold of the country's Royalty until 1815 when it came under the British rule. Places to be visited are; The Upper Lake Drive-from where you have a panoramic view of the enchanting city. Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya (67 ha), which began as a pleasure garden for the Kings of Kandy. The rich flora of the tropics is exhibited at its best here. The Peradeniya University. "Dalada Maligawa" one of the most sacred places of the Buddhist World , you will see many devotees who come to worship and join in religious ceremonies and rituals. And as you pass through this temple which was the former Royal Place you will see very special traditional kandyan architecture unique to Sri Lanka. The museum, Arts & Crafts center. The interesting market place, Cultural Dance show where you can view a variety of the traditional performing arts of Sri Lanka.