Blessed with a rich cultural and natural heritage, Kandy offers a captivating perspective of Sri Lanka. The city and the surrounding areas near FOX Resorts provide plenty of places to see in Kandy and explore as each site provides a unique adventure amidst ancient mountains that have stood patiently watch over the centuries.
Known locally as the Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is amongst the most revered sites in Sri Lanka. This Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is where you will find a relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha. Part of the royal palace complex that dates back to the Kandyan Kingdom, the golden-canopied temple is also the focal point of the annual Kandy Esala Perahera (in July / August). Paying homage to the sacred tooth relic, this colourful pageant is famous for its parade featuring colourfully adorned elephants and traditional performers.
Once a Royal Forest Park used by royalty during the Kandyan Kingdom, the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary lies in the heart of Kandy. Located within walking distance of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, this historic and protected forest reserve is rich in biodiversity with a wide range of endemic flora and fauna. Easy to explore, the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary is home to many bird species making it an ideal site for bird watching, while a variety of mammals including the toque macaque, mouse deer and Indian boar have also found a home here. Amidst the serenity of the forest, one will also find meditation hermitages and rock shelters used by Buddhist monks.
The largest botanic gardens in the island, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya is one of Asia’s finest as well. Spanning 59 hectares, this impressive site is rich in history and was once an exclusive space reserved for royalty in Kandy. Located near the Mahaweli River, it is home to a diverse range of local and foreign flora making up its extensive collection of over 4,000 plant species. An ideal escape for a romantic stroll or family picnic, the Royal Botanical Gardens is home to such highlights as the Orchid House, a massive Javan fig tree, the Palm Avenues, Spice Garden and a picturesque lake.
In the heart of Kandy Town, lies the Kandy City Centre which has become the most popular retail hub in the hill capital. This modern mall is the perfect place for shopaholics with fashion, electronics, books and jewellery all on offer. There is a food court here and even a small roller coaster that can be found on the rooftop. Just beside this shopping centre is the scenic Kandy Lake, an ideal spot to unwind or enjoy a quiet stroll along the shaded pathways that border the tranquil waters.
Shrouded in mist and home to hidden cloud forests seemingly lost in time, the Knuckles Mountain Range is the perfect place to explore for those who love nature. Named after the fact that its peaks resemble a closed fist, this mountain range in the Kandy District is a rich storehouse of plant species and wildlife. Ideal for trekking, mountain biking and camping amidst dense forests and enchanting waterfalls, the Knuckles Mountain Range is also home to rustic villages which offer a fascinating insight into a traditional way of life.
The Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Digana offers an unforgettable round of golf and has been listed amongst the “100 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the World”. This award winning 73 par, 18-hole course was designed by Donald Steele & Co and is set amidst breathtaking backdrops of mountains and the Victoria reservoir. Spanning 6,933 yards, the Victoria Golf Course with its tree-lined fairways and light rough offers a challenging game of golf, while visitors can also make use of a grass tennis court, 25-metre pool, horse riding club and cycling pathways.