Travellanka October 2017

70 Kandy Kandy Ceylon Tea Museum – Hantane Udawattekelle Sanctuary Degaldoruwa 1 8 6 3 3 4 2 Aluvihare temple 7 5 Lankatilleke temple Embekka Gadaladeniya temple Peradeniya Botanic Gardens Katugastota to Matale to Mahiyanganaya to Aluvihare temple to Nuwara Eliya to Colombo temple is visited by locals and tourists bearing flowers and incense daily throughout the day and night. Here visitors can observepoojas(offerings)theancienttraditionsofdrummingand sacred chanting in honour of the Tooth Relic, being performed several times each day. Kandy Esela Perahera Kandy is also the venue of the Esela Perahera, easily the most colourful pageant of Asia, held in July/August each year, for ten days in honour of the Tooth Relic. As the pageantry of the Esela Perehera unfolds through ten nights each year, the city takes on the air of a torch-lit dreamland, complete with a hundred or more colourfully caparisoned elephants, drummers and dancers and chieftains in the rare colourful trappings of the old kingdom. A stunning spectacle of piety and grandeur! N estled amidst verdant hills, interspersedbytheMahaweliGanga (river) and the beautiful Kandy lake as a centre piece, Kandy is certainly the most picturesquecity inthe islandandmostvisited. The last seat of the Sinhalese kings, who cededpowertotheBritish in1815aftermany a battle with the western colonial forces, still retains much of its old world charm and traditions, crafts and the typical Sri Lankan way of life. Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth What brings sanctity to Kandy is the Dalada Maligawa which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. The golden roofed Kandy “Some aspects of the art and architecture of Kandy still survive in the living form, illuminating for us in a way that literary descriptions and ruined monuments cannot do, the style and character of Sri Lankan civilisation. Seen from the hills above the lake this architectural complex gives us a brilliant miniature image of what the dead capitals of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Kotte must once have been...” - Senake Bandaranayake KANDY Kandy Temple 1 Degaldoruwa 2 Lankatilleke and Gadaladeniya temples 3 Embekke 4 Udawattekelle Sanctuary 5 Peradeniya Botanic Gardens 6 Aluvihare 7 Ceylon Tea Museum – Hantane 8