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Kandy, the Most Important Cultural Center in Sri Lanka   by Arty Blazer

Kandy is a great tourist destination located in Sri Lanka and is the most important cultural center in the country since it was included as a World Heritage Site on UNESCO's list. Kandy represents the last kingdom in Sri Lanka, and one that was conquered by British at the start of the 19th century. Because the people here are very proud of their ancestors, you can experience firsthand their traditional way of living.

One of the most important places in Kandy is the Temple of the Tooth that can be visited at any hour from early morning to late evening. The name of the temple comes from the tooth it holds, which is believed to have belonged to Buddha. 

Interior of the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Because of the strange relic, this is considered a holy shrine and people from all over the country come here to pray and see the relic, which is shown to the general public only at certain hours.

The Elephant Orphanage is where you can see several dozens elephants that are friendly around humans. The times when the elephants are fed and bathed are particularly popular for tourists. You can travel to Pinnewala to watch the elephants via taxi or bus.

Kandy is also the home of the Royal Botanical Gardens. The gardens date from the times when the ancient kings ruled the country, but the general design suffered changes under the British rule. 

Many plants can be seen here, such as species of orchids. A forest garden can also be admired here.

Kandy is famous for the statue of Buddha housed by the Bahirawakanda temple. The statue is so large that you can see it from any place in the city. In order to get to the temple, you will have to embark on a tuk tuk, as the destination is one kilometer away from the actual city. Ask locals for directions in order to find the entrance to the temple.

Tea, as expected, is a very important beverage in Sri Lanka, which is why there is a Tea Museum located in Kandy. The museum is housed by an old tea factory, and it tells the history of tea in Sri Lanka.

Just inside the city, you will find the Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary, a place used by the Sinhala Kings. The forest growing here and the wildlife are tropical. Ponds can be spotted everywhere on the forest grounds. It is advised to wear clothing that covers your legs.

View Over Kandy Lake to the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Unesco Heritage Site, Sri Lanka, Asia
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About the Author: Kandy, the Most Important Cultural Center in Sri Lanka is a travel guide from Tripopedia, a travel encyclopedia. Learn about things to do, places to see and places to eat in Kandy.
Hikkaduwa - Sun, Beach, Waves; the perfect recipe for a wonderful holiday   by Pushpitha Wijesinghe

Situated around 100 km away from the capital city of Colombo, lays Hikkaduwa enroute to Galle. This otherwise laid back village has perked up in recent times and plays host to tourists - both local and foreign.

The sun kissed clean broad beaches, clear emerald waters, marine diversity, shipwrecks, all provide scintillating attractions for both young and old.

A famous attraction is the Coral Sanctuary, an immense expanse of shallow water surrounded by a reef. Though some of the corals have long since died, the area thrives with beautiful coral fish and other sea creatures. Snorkelling is possible and is a much enjoyed activity.

Hikkaduwa Beach
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Of the many attractions in Hikkaduwa, surfing is possibly one of the favourites. The peak season for this area is between October and April. The sea is not too rough during this time and attracts both professional and novice surfers from all corners of the globe who can be seen at any given time, enjoying the waves.
Palm Tree, Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean
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This stretch of beach also offers excellent diving opportunities. There are many places from where the visitor can obtain all necessary equipment. However if one is not too keen on taking a blind plunge into the blue waters, an expedition in a glass bottomed boat is also available to explore the marine bio diversity in the deep seas.

On the beach side, the visitor can also indulge themselves in some good shopping, with the town offering very good local handicrafts, jewellery, clothes and much more. Some excellent cafes and restaurants too have sprung up to cater to the great influx of tourists during season. These little spots, offer some of the most mouth watering food to tickle your taste buds - be it of Western or Sri Lankan origin.

The enthusiastic traveller need not worry too much about accommodation in Hikkaduwa as many small hotels as well as luxury boutique hotels are well situated in and around the beaches to pander to every need and want of the visitor, ensuring a pleasurable experience. 


About the Author: Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry. Attractions in Hikkaduwa are numerous, pending on the level of activity, log on to Truly Sri Lanka, a Sri Lanka travel portal to find out more


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