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Interesting places in Kandy:
Kandy City   Udawatta Kele
Kandy lake (Kirimuhuda)නුවර වෑව   Kandy Railway Station
Royal Palace Complex   Entrance to Mahamaluwa (compound) of the temple of the sacred tooth relic in Kandy
Anniewatta Tunnel   Old Kandy Post office
Bogambara Bus park   Good Shepherd Convent
Kandy Electricity Board Billing Center & Power House   Primary section
Bogamabara Stadium   Bogambara Prison
Temple of the Tooth   Goods Shed Bus Stand
Trinity College, Kandy   Chaaya Citadel Hotel
Divisional Secretariat - Kandy   Presidential Palace, Kandy
Kandy Market   Dharmaraja College, Kandy
Hotel Suisse   Olde Empire
Dharmaraja College Kandy Primary section - (Sir Hendry Steel Olcut has Begun the school here)  

Kandy (Maha Nuvara in Sinhala, in Tamil) is the name used by British invaders for the city of Senkadagala (Mahanuwara) in the centre of Sri Lanka. It is the capital of the Central Province and Mahanwara District. Senkadagala lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy Valley which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea.

The Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • The Temple of the Tooth houses a tooth that came from the mouth of Lord Buddha, and is consequently considered one of Sri Lanka's most holy shrines. The temple is open from dawn to dusk.
  • The Pinawela Elephant Orphanage has about seventy semi-tame elephants roaming freely around this wonderful sanctuary. Feeding and bathing times are especially enjoyable. You can either hire a taxi to take you there or, if travelling on a budget, get a bus to Kagulle (about an hour away) for about R40/-, asking the driver to drop you off at the turn for Pinnewala which is 3 miles or so before you reach the town, and catch another local bus for the last 6 km or so.
  • The Royal Botanical Garden is the best botanical garden in Sri Lanka and one of the best ones in the region. Dates back to the ancient kings of the country. British colonials have changed the looks of it. You will be able to see many of the species in the region. Has a nice orchid house and a forest garden. If you happen to visit the place don't forget to drive through the University of Peradeniya the most scenic and the largest university in the country.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Bahirawakanda temple. The ominipresent Buddha statue seen from everywhere in Kandy city. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Temple, just 1 km away from the Kandy city.
  • The Tea Museum, Hantane, Kandy. The ancient Tea Factory of Hantana Estate is converted in to a Museum dedicated to the history of Sri Lanka Tea. Run by the Sri lanka Tea Board.
  • Udawattakele sanctuary, the Forest located "in the Kandy city", was planned and maintained as the part of the Royal palace complex of the Sinhala Kings. Tropical forest, wild life and some interesting ponds can be seen there. (Warning - Wear long trousers after rain. There are lots of leeches about!)
  • Temples around Kandy city are popular tourist attraction. Most famous temples are:

Gadaladeniya, Lankathilaka Viharaya, Embekke Devalaya, Dodanwala Devalaya, Degaldoruwa, Hindagala Viharaya, Madawala Viharaya and Galmaduwa Viharaya.

Lankathilaka Viharaya
  • Visit Athur's seat for a panoramic view of the Kandy city.
  • Imperial War Cemetery is located at Deveni Rajasinghe mawatha.


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Sri Lanka - 080 - Spice shop in Kandy Market

Sri Lanka - 080 - Spice shop in Kandy Market
Made by mckaysavage
A bright display of spices at the Kandy Central Market. Sri Lanka is known for its fabulous spices in diversity, quantity and quality. Visions of cooking and sumptious meals danced in my head as I browsed these shops. Cardamon and cinnamon, nutmeg and chili, pepper and tumeric and amazing smelling vanilla. Kandy's Central Market, open only on Fridays was a fortuitous find through a helpful passerby. Stocking the same range of foods, spices, herbal tonics, crafts, textiles and factory-reject designer-brand clothing, it caters to the locals and is goernment run so there is one price and it is 200-300% cheaper than the tourist shops. There apparently used to be 3 on the island, but 2 were destroyed by the sunami and have not yet been rebuilt. The one in Kandy is the only one remaining. So if you are in Kandy on a Friday, ask for it, ditch your guide's and guesthoues's advice to frequent the pricey shops of their friends and stock up on your gifts here.

Giant Ficus Benjamina at the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Sri Lanka

Giant Ficus Benjamina at the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Sri Lanka
Made by Yvon from Ottawa
It rains a lot in Sri Lanka: up to 5 metres/year (16 feet) in the southwest where we were! But fortunately, most of it falls during the monsoons which go from May to September. We were there in February. But it does rain all year, and this is why everything is so lush and green. This picture was taken during a downpour, which luckily were few and far between in February of 1994. It shows what is reputed to be the world's largest Ficus Benjamina (on the right). Only half of it is showing because I couldn't get it all in the photo. But I'm glad I got the elegant Cooks Pines (Auricaria columnaris) in the background on the left. Note some crutches under the branches of the ficus tree. This is to prevent the tree from collapsing under its own weight. There are dozens of them under this one tree.

Brass Oil Lamp

Brass Oil Lamp
Made by Kandyan Art Association, No. 72, Sangaraja Mawatha
Handicrafts in Sri Lanka. A wide range of items involve brass-work: from locks, hinges, and key-plates, to trays, lanterns, areca nut slicers, lime-boxes in various shapes and patterns, intricately carved in copper and silver, snuff-boxes, tobacco-boxes (heppu) with engraved traditional designs, small artistically crafted betel-pounders, and mountings of all kinds including those used in jewellery products. Brass was used for damascene or inlay work on iron. Brass lamps made by metal-workers through various historical periods highlight the continuing technical expertise of a brass craftsperson. Kandyan Art Association, No. 72, Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Happy to have her picture taken

Happy to have her picture taken
Made by Yvon from Ottawa
This young lady, part of a road repair crew in Sri Lanka whose job it is to crush big rocks into gravel with a sledge hammer, interrupts her work momentarily to pose for a picture. She looks happy, and probably is (was). I've looked at this picture many times since I took it in 1994, and I often wondered how could this young lady be happy doing such unrewarding, backbreaking work? The answer that comes to my mind is (from the song): ♫Life is beautiful♫ but it is complicated (i.e. not easy)! Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7XZiK3fxXE

Flames

Flames
Made by Matt Parry
At the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy there is a greenhouse structure full of rows of candles. It makes for some impressive images - you can get some nice bokeh pics with the flames and reflections in the glass as well as the people lighting candles. I would have loved to have spent longer in there but it is warm and there is not a lot of space so I didnt want to intrude too long on people who were lighting candes. This is a low res jpeg as i've not had chance to process the raw. Therefore literally straight out of the camera with no tweaking whatsoever. Will get round to processing it at some point but for now it will do!

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Made by Mollow2
During our stay in Kandy, we took a trip to the botanical gardens. Apart from the quizzical looks people would give me and Babs - not sure many had seen an English boy and a Sri Lankan girl - it was a pleasant place. The gardens are very close to the University, the university that Babs' dad went to in his youth :) I'm currently commuting into London so it's monopolising a lot of my free time, so apologies if I take a while to get to your stream! Handheld 3 exposure put through photomatix and then tweaked in CS3

Kandy Lake, Sri Lanka

Kandy Lake, Sri Lanka
Made by Yvon from Ottawa
Kandy Lake is a man-made body of water created in 1807 by the last Sinhalese king, using forced labour. It was built out of rice paddies and is considered to have been an excess by the Kandyan monarchy for wasting away national resources to built an ornamental lake at a time when the kingdom was under serious threat. But today, it adds to the charm of Kandy and most certainly contributes to attracting thousands to the city each year. Note the huge statue of Buddha on the far side.

Bahirawa Kanda Temple, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Bahirawa Kanda Temple, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Made by Yvon from Ottawa
While in Kandy we visited the Bahirawa Kanda Temple where the nice statue of Buddha is located. Neither the monastery nor the statue are old. Construction began in 1972 with public donations. The statue was completed in 1993, one year before these pictures were taken (this is probably why Buddha looks so fresh and clean in these pictures). By the way, this was our taxi (i.e. a bit of a wreck with a chauffeur, a very nice fellow named Alfred).

Pelicans Roosting on Kandy Lake

Pelicans Roosting on Kandy Lake
Made by stellaretriever
Kandy, Sri Lanka, March 9 1990 - A Moment of Peace in Troubled Place The building in the distance is the Temple of the Tooth. If you look at the full sized image you should be able to make out the line of people along the white fence on the other side of the lake. They are pilgrims that have come to Kandy to see the casket that holds Buddah's tooth. It was the first time the casket had been on display to the public in seven years.

Dancing Esala Perahera

Dancing Esala Perahera
Made by Gorka Nelson
En Kandy en las montañas de Sri Lanka se celebra anualmente uno de los festivales budistas mas importantes del mundo, Esala Perahera. Donde escoltado por mas de 100 elefantes y miles de personas, con bailes, música y fuego sacan el diente de Buda, por las calles de Kandy.. Miles y miles de personas aguardan durante horas para poder coger un buen sitio y ver la procesión.. # Click over the image to view in black. Recommended #

A Bhikku in Kandy.

A Bhikku in Kandy.
Made by Suri JV
Kandy is a big city with congested roads. I have seen more cars , new and second hand, offered for sale, in a single street in that City, than in any other city I have seen.The Stupa or Temple containing a Relic (Tooth) of the Buddha is in this city. I was a few yards away from that Temple. I find almost every one carries an unfurled umbrella. This Bhikku is a little suspicious about my intentions.

Festival lights

Festival lights
Made by Andras Jancsik
During the Esala Perahera, the most famous and spectacular festival of Sri Lanka, hundreds of locals wear traditional dresses and perform as musicians and dancers. Elephants have their role as well: once had the responsibility of carrying Buddha's dent, nowadays they make the spectacle more brilliant walking around as living Christmas trees, decorated with dozens of lamps.

Working hard with a smile

Working hard with a smile
Made by Yvon from Ottawa
Producing gravel with a sledge hammer is hard work, but this young lady is doing just that, and she's doing it with a smile. Note that she's wearing no gloves and no eye protection of any kind. Road repair in Sri Lanka may have modernised since this picture was taken, but in 1994 - only 16 years ago - this was a common scene by the roadside.

passing by

passing by
Made by sgoralnick
the train we took from Nanu Oya to Kandy was one of my favorite parts of the trip. i hung out in the open doorway of the conductor's compartment and he would point out temples nestled in the hills and other points of interest as we passed by. and of course it was great people watching. though i think they were mostly watching me.

stripey

stripey
Made by sgoralnick
these weirdish sheets were by far the best part of our stay at the lake view inn guest house in kandy. the walls were spattered with an ominous brownish fluid, and our view was certainly not of the lake. the sink emptied straight out onto the bathroom floor and 2 ipods were stolen from catherine's backpack. thumbs down!

bigbuddha

bigbuddha
Made by sgoralnick
we jumped out of the car for a second to check out this giant buddha on a hill overlooking kandy. we didn't think there would be any need for our wallets, not realizing there would be a booth charging admission at the top. they let us in anyway but needless to say the capitalists... i mean, buddhists, were not pleased.

Inner Sanctum

Inner Sanctum
Made by ByJeroen (with pc problems for a while)
Photo made at the tempel of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. I've not seen many photo's of the inner sanctum. Maybe not the best photo by some standards but a great opportunity for me to take a photo at this special place that is rarely displayed to the outside. There was a very nice and energetic atmosphere.

Temple of the Tooth

Temple of the Tooth
Made by chinsen
The Dalada Maligawa - aka Temple of the Tooth... in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Was a hard day to take photos... was cloudy as heck, and took about 10 minutes of sitting there for there to be no one climbing those stairs so i could get this shot... like how it turned out :-)

Sun on an elephant

Sun on an elephant
Made by RobinCampbell
Kandy Perahera 2001 - the pageant of the temple of tooth where Buddha's tooth is kept is held either in July or August each year to parade the golden caskets... More than 50 elephants parade the city accompanied by the drummers, dancers and chieftains.

Sri Lankan dancers

Sri Lankan dancers
Made by Jon Block
This is a traditional Sri Lankan dance. The objects between the dancers hands are baskets. The dance mimics a lot of the movements made during the harvesting of rice. I used a long exposure to try to capture some of the movement of the dance.

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