As the name states, The Temple of the Tooth Relic is a temple in Kandy which houses the relic of the tooth of the Lord Buddha. The relic plays a large role in Sri Lanka’s history since it was believed that the person who possesses it, holds governance of the country. Visitors can view the beauty of Kandyan architecture in the temple’s many carvings.
Kandy Lake lies in the heart of the city and was built in 1807 by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, the last king to rule the Sinhalese monarchy. There are many legends surround the construction of the lake as well as the lake itself. The man-made lake is now much smaller in size but still as breathtaking a the day it was created – with white washed walakulu or ‘cloud walls’, and a beautiful island in the middle of the lake decorated with palm trees and bamboo thickets.
The Royal Botanical Gardens has over 4,000 species of plants and trees on over 147 acres of land. It was formally established around 1843 with plants bought in from all over the island. Apart from beautiful blooming flowers and age-old towering trees, the garden also has a number of spices and medicinal plants.
King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha was the last king of Kandy, as well as the last to reside the Royal Palace of Kandy. In the same royal complex as the Temple of the Tooth Relic, the palace has now been converted to the National Museum of Kandy.
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