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Kandy, Sri Lanka: Around the Holy Temple of the Tooth

Around the temple is the lake, St. Paul's Church, a working Buddhist monastery, 18th century Malwatte & Asgiriya Viharas (monasteries), Kandy National Museum, Tusker Raja Museum, Udawattekela Sanctuary & Trinity College.

The Lake

The lovely centrepiece of the town, the Kandy Lake was created in 1807 by Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe, the last king of Sri Lanka. Here is a scenic 4 km path around the lake. Boat tours run from the jetty on the western side.

Malwatte & Asgiriya Viharas

These two are the principal working Buddhist monasteries of two nikayas (orders) of Sri Lanka Buddhism. The 18th century Malwatte monastery, on the south side of the lake, where an important annual ordination of monks takes place in June, is decorated with ornate wood & metal work. Asgiriya Vihara (northwest of the town), which stands on a hill, has a good wood carving & an impressive collection of old palm leaf manuscripts & a large recumbent Buddha statue & the mound of the old Royal Burial ground nearby.

Kandy National Museum

The national Museum, beside the temple of the Tooth, was once the quarters of Kandyan royal concubines. The collection traces a vivid history of the development & culture of pre-European Sinhalese life. It features jewels, armaments, and old maps-an enormous range of everyday & exceptional objects.

Trinity College

Trinity College, standing in manicured grounds was founded in 1872 to provide education on English lines for the children of British planters & administrators & Ceylonese converts to the Anglican Church. It is still the island's foremost Christian college. The Trinity chapel, with its granite columns carved with traditional Sri Lankan patterns as well as the crests of Oxford & Cambridge colleges, is a remarkable blend of western & Sinhalese architectural influences, with wooden doorways & roof beams carved by local craftsmen, a pan tiled roof, & overhanging eaves that echo the design of the Tooth Temple. The huge murals within, depicting Bible stories, are the work of the aptly named Davis Paynter.

Udawattekele Bird Sanctuary

Located about 1 km (0.6 miles) east of Trinity College, Udawattekele Bird Sanctuary is one of Sri Lanka's more accessible bird sanctuaries. It is a stretch of wilderness only a stone's throw from the city centre with towering forest giants & creepers giving shelter to bird species including Layard's parakeet, Sri Lanka's hanging parrot, yellow-fronted barbet, black-capped bulbul, emerald dove, three species of kingfisher, chestnut-headed bee eater & Tickells's blue flycatcher. It is also the home of scores of macaque monkeys, & huge, vividly painted butterflies float across paths.

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Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake

St. Pauls Church in Kandy

Asgiriya Vihara

Malwatte Vihara

Kandy National Museum

Udawattekele Bird Sanctuary

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