Sri Lanka: an understated jewel in the Indian Ocean, full of natural wonders and adventures for all visitors. If you take a closer look, you’ll find yourself in complete amazement…
First things first: Fast Facts about Sri Lanka
- Location : Island nation, southeast of India
- Hot spots : Colombo (current capital), Kandy (old capital), Galle (UNESCO World Heritage Site City)
- Currency : Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
- Religions : Buddhism (70%), Hindu (12.61%), Islam (9.71%)
- Timezone : UTC+5:30
- Cars drive on the left side of the road.
One of Sri Lanka’s heritage cities, Kandy was the island’s former capital. Surrounded by rich forests and green hills, a visit to Kandy is that breath of fresh air you’ve been missing.
If you’re looking for a place to expand your mind and rejuvinate your spirit, Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple (or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) is a must-see. Over 400 years old, this Buddhist temple is said to actually house one of the Buddha’s teeth!
Situated in the centre-ish of the island, taking a train from Colombo should take approximately 2 hours travel time. Don’t expect a dull trip though: the scenery between the captial and Kandy is gorgeous! With huge fields, plentiful hills and mountains, waterfalls and quaint villages along the way, photographers will absolutely love the view. (Another plus: the weather is rather pleasant all year long.)
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Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple
With more than 10 buildings making up this Buddhist temple complex, the Temple of the Tooth Relic is also made up of a palace, museums and sanctuaries. Overlooking Kandy Lake, there’s a strong sense of peacefulness – the cool mountain breeze and tranquil waters will calm your soul as you explore the complex.
Tooth Relic Fact!
The sacred Tooth Relic is said to have been in Sri Lanka for over 1,700 years. It’s believed that taking it out of the country would result in disaster. (Scary!)
If you’re planning a quiet escape, there’s no better place to visit than Kandy (especially if it’s your first time)! Aside from its natural beauty, the tranquil setting guarantees a physically and spiritually recharge. Also guaranteed are the delicious food options – can you say yum? ❤