The sacred city of Kandy
2013-05-02
 

Kandy is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The valley of Kandy is surrounded by hills and a colourful pageant takes place in Kandy annually. Tourist attractions of Kandy include elephant bathing, botanical gardens, waterfalls and the rolling hills and mountains. The sacred Tooth Relic is housed at the temple known as the Dalada Maligawa . The Nuwara Perahara , or Pageant of Kandy, is the most colorful processions in the world. About 100 caparisoned elephants and over 1000 dancers, drummers and noblemen, led by the custodian of the temple of the sacred tooth relic, parade past hundreds of thousands of spectators, while they pay homage to the casket of the sacred tooth relic carried by the king of the elephants. The procession moves along the streets for seven consecutive nights and concludes on the day of the August full moon.


 


The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the home to more than 70 elephants is located on the route to Kandy from Colombo.The Kandy National Museum displays some of the finest objects of art from the 16th century to the 19th century. Buddha statues, the crown of kings, images of the noblemen, and wooden carvings are preserved in the museum.


                 
 

The Kandy Royal Botanical Garden is among the finest tropical gardens in the world. The botanical garden has a comprehensive collection with a scientific programme in bio-technology, ecology, conservation and taxonomy. The garden, open to the public every day, has flowers in bloom throughout the year. About 4000 plants specious thrive in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya and Haggala.


Nuwara Eliya, known as the garden city of Asia for its hills, valleys and waterfalls, is 6,182 feet above sea level and is situated at the foot of Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka s highest peak. Tourists who visit Nuwara Eliya to relish the salubrious climate play golf, enjoy the park, admire the high-grown tea plantations, visit the Haggala botanical garden and travel to the worlds end at Horton Plains, where there is a steep drop in the terrain of several thousand feet.From December to April devotees climb the 2,224 metre Adam s Peak, near the town of Maskeliya in the Nuwara Eliya District.


              

 

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