Retaining the British scent in Kandy

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Colonization had been a huge part of every known country’s heritage, culture and total way of life. The Old Times’ situation of taking over a specific place had left so much mark on how the world moves today. Influences are indelible — from language to the food one race eats, up to the very way that they handle a situation and numerous intangible stuff brought about by the dominant and colonizing country.

As usual, the thought of being influenced had been viewed in negatively and positively, depending on the gravity of influence observed. But on a city in Sri Lanka called Kandy, the effects of British invasion had left them a whole tad special from their countrymen. Brits had beautifully smudged their rich heritage in all positive ways and they are keeping track of its purpose up to this very date.

Location

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Kandy is situated in the middle of an island, surrounded by thick forests and tall shrubbery. The mountain ranges bordering the city of Kandy are the Knuckles Mountain Range and Hanthana Mountain Range.

The city center of Kandy is perfectly adjacent to Kandy Lake and at the southern face of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary. Kandy is geographically located at Sri Lanka’s Central Province.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Kandy is under the tropical rainforest class which equated to cooler generic temperatures and wetter atmospheric conditions.

Due to Kandy’s elevated location, the temperature is definitely lower than that of the whole Sri Lankan area.

Kandy’s dry months include December through April and are experiencing its monsoon weather on two scopes: May to July, December to January wherein the weather in general is rough and unstable. October is the rainiest month while the month March is deemed to be sunniest.

Transportation

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Kandy’s main method of transportation is through the government-operated city bus system. The Sri Lanka Transport Board, together with selected private companies do all the maintenance and route specific for buses circling in and out of Kandy.

If you want to travel via railway, take the Matale Line that connects Kandy to other points in Sri Lanka like Peradeniya and Matale. It then connects to the Main Route to bigger cities such as Colombo and nearby Badulla.

Currently, Kandy is scheming on putting up an international airport that will service domestic flights and out of the country trips.

What to See

Ceylon Tea Museum

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Located in the southern area of Kandy lies the Hantane Tea Factory, which had been abandoned and erected in 1925.

Several associations have put their feet forward in re-establishing the defunct teahouse and converted it as the Ceylon Tea Museum, which is now home to several tea and tea-processing paraphernalia.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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This religious complex had been one of the most visited places in Kandy for its aesthetic and strong historical foothold to Buddha.

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic had been named as such for this is where one of Buddha’s most-covered relic lie, Buddha’s tooth.

The Alut Maligawa shrine and the well-maintained Audience Hall had been spotted for recreation and religious purpose, which is situated within the ruins of the Temple complex.

Asgiriya Maha Vihara

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This edifice serves as the headquarters of nikayas, which are dubbed to be the highest order of monks.

Be amazed and feast your artsy hungry eyes to the reclining Buddha image to be found within its limits.

Kandy Lake

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Created by Sri Wickrama Rajashina in 1807, this artificial lake is one of the most-visited locations in Kandy due to its construction and former usage such as being an ammunition store.

Images
(1) www.gosrilankatour.com
(2) www.flickr.com
(3) www.mysrilankaholidays.com
(4) www.kandyflimso.com
(5) www.ahungrytraveller.blogspot.com
(6) www.lanka.com
(7) www.panoramio.com
(8) www.snipview.com

See More:

Kandy – Sri Lanka Tourism
http://www.tourism-srilanka.com/cities/kandy.html

Sights in Kandy
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka/the-hill-country/kandy/sights

Paul Intalan

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