An Evening View of Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake

The Kandy Lake (Kiri-muhuda)

A beautiful lake can be seen in front of the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is called “Kandy Lake”. It was a stretch of paddy fields called “Tigolwela” in the past. King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe built the lake converting the paddy fields. Since there was a beautiful pond named as “Kiri-muhuda” (a sea of milk) in the middle of the Tigolwela, the lake too had been named as “Kiri-muhuda”.

The extent of the lake is 6544 sq. meters. (70,400 sq. ft.) The circumference is 3.21 km. Highest depth is 18.5 m (60 ft.) The parapet wall, giving the appearance of a cloud, is popularly called “Walakulu Bemma” and measures 633.82 m. It is a beautiful lake which greatly enhances the scenic appeal of the city.

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Kotmale Dam

kotmale dam

The Kotmale dam is one of the five main head-work projects done under the Mahaweli Ganga Scheme. this is the most upstream of all.

Kotmale dam is the first with an upstream concrete membrane. The power station is the first Sri Lankan underground station. The dam was ceremoniously declared open in 1985.

There are three spillways and the type of it is called Radial gated, chute type spillway. Catchment area is 544 sq Km. The type of the dam is known as Rock fill with concrete membrane.

Kotmale Dam
World's highest statue of walking Buddha

Ranawana Temple

Ranawana Temple

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Ranawana temple is located approximately 900 m off Kandy-Colombo (A1) road. You need to turn from Nanuoya near the Highway Museum Complex. The temple is one of the beautiful temples in Sri Lanka and you must not miss a visit when visiting the sacred city of Kandy. It has many life incidents of Lord Buddha and are built using maximum natural resources.

Temple is also known as “Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya”. Entrance of the temple has a model of the north entrance of the “Sanchi Stupa” of India. Spending few hours at this temple will help you to keep out all of your busy life and will help you to make your mind free. Your visit to the temple will be a memorable one and can collect lot of memories.

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya
Randenigala Dam

Randenigala Dam

The Randenigala Dam is a large hydroelectric embankment dam at Rantembe, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Construction of the dam began in November 1982, and was completed in approximately 4 years. The dam and power station was ceremonially opened by then President J. R. Jayawardene in 1986.

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National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum is the national railway museum of Sri Lanka, located in Kadugannawa. The railway museum is owned by Sri Lanka Railways.

The museum was opened on 27 December 2014 in order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of railway service in Sri Lanka. Previously, the museum was located in Colombo.[2] The old museum has been opened in May 2009.

The museum has old engines, locomotives, rail cars, trolleys, carriages, machineries, and equipment’s that used since the beginning of Sri Lanka Railway.

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Lankathilaka Viharaya

Lankathilaka Viharaya

Lankatilaka Viharaya

Lankatilaka Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Udunuwara of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located off the Daulagala road approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) away from Pilimatalawa junction and a few kilometres from the ancient buddhist temple, Gadaladeniya Vihara. It is considered as one of the most magnificent architectural edifice created during the Gampola era.

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Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya temple or viharaya is an old monastery built on top of a rock in Pilimatalawa in Kandy district of Sri Lanka. The temple was built during the era of King Buwanekabaghu IV in 1344 AD. Gadaladeniya viharaya was built with the influence of South Indian architecture and done by architect Ganesvarachchari.

Temple is also known as Saddharmatilaka Vihara or Dharma Kirthi Viharaya. You can reach to the temple through Gadaladeniya road (B116) and is approximately 12.5 Kms to the west of the Kandy City. And located closely to the Lankathilaka viharaya.

History

The history of the temple goes back to the 14th century. According to historical reports this temple was built in 1344, under the patronage of King Bhuvanekabahu IV, who reigned from 1341 to 1351 A. D., by the Ven. Seelavamsa Dharmakirti. The architecture of the temple was designed following Hindu artistic styles by, Ganesvarachari, a South Indian architect. On the rock outcrop, upon which the temple stands, is a carved inscription regarding the temple’s construction. The temple was constructed in the Dravidian architectural style[6] incorporating Sinhalese architecture from the Polonnaruwa era and other Indo Chinese architectural patterns.

Celebrated scholarly monks who have resided at the temple include Sangharaja Dharmakirti II, the author of the Sangharaja-Nikāya (14-15th century) and Vimalakirti I.

The temple was abandoned until King Vira Parakrama Narendra Sinha (1707-1739) handed over it to Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero, who’s pupils have looked after the temple ever since.

For more information, visit Wikipedia.

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Buddha Statue at Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple is a highly conservative cave temple in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Matale district of Central province.

Temple was built by King Wattagamini Abhaya (famously known as Walagamba) in 89 BC to 77 BC.

Around 75 caves were found from the site and believed to be used for dwelling of monks. Out of them five (5) caves were built as shrine rooms.

Following is a list of them;

  1. Dewraja Viharaya
  2. Maharaja Viharaya
  3. Mahaaluth Viharaya
  4. Paschima Viharaya
  5. Dewana Aluth Viharaya

In the caves 151 Buddha statues are found with different positions and “mudras”. Also found are three (3) statues of Gods and two (2) images of “Bodhisathwa”. Three (3) images of Kings can  be found as well.

Thousands of locals and foreigners visit the cave temple each day.

For more information visit : Wikipedia

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Nalanda Gedige (Black & White)

Nalanda Gedige

Nalanda Gedige is an ancient complete stone temple near Matale, Sri Lanka. Its original site was considered as the center of Sri Lanka. The building was constructed in between 8th and 10th centuries. And has used dravidian architecture and is believed to have been used by Buddhists.

Also some scholars describe this building is a dravidian architecture dedicated to a Mahayanaa cult with pronounced Trantric learning and known for an ancient monument of possible Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhist affinities.

Source: Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)

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Udawaththakele Forest Reserve

Udawaththakele Forest Reserve

Udawaththakele Forest Reserve

Udawaththakele Forest Reserve is a historic forest reserve with a Royal touch and located on a hill in the hill capital city of Kandy. It covers an approximately 257 acres of area. (104 hectares)  The reserve is famed for its wide-ranging avifauna. The forest reserve contains a huge variety of plant species, especially lianas, shrubs and small and giant trees.

Source : Wikipedia

Udawattakele was known as “Uda Wasala Watta” in Sinhalese which means “the garden above the royal palace”. It was used as a pleasure garden by the Kandyan kings and the Royal family. The pond in the forest was used by the crowned heads for bathing. It was a “Forbidden forest” for the general public as they were restricted from accessing the forest.

Biodiversity

A study has revealed that there are nearly 400 species of plants inclusive of ferns, orchids and lianas. Around the lake is mostly covered with exotic Mahogani and Myroxlion balsamum and most of the forest reserve is covered with some introduced species of trees. A breathtaking beauty is added by native liana, which is called as “Wevel” and other exotic creepers.

Mammals & Birds

The reserve boast of a rich vegetation and it helps many wild animals. Udawaththakele hosts 15 different mammals, 32 species of Butterflies and more than 80 species of Birds and many varieties of reptiles and amphibians. Among the large mammals, Barking Deer, Wild-boar and Toque-monky  can be seen inside the Park. Dark fronted babbler, Gray horn-bill, Hill myna and Layard paraquet can be seen as well. Other commonly found birds are Owls, Eagles, Kingfishers, Wood-peckers and Fly-catches.

Aquatic Animals

Fresh water turtle species named Black Turtle and fish species of Thilapia also found in the pond at the Udawaththakele forest reserve.

Puss-wel (Giant liana)

A giant liana named Pusswel (Entada puseatha) is spread across nearly 2 hectares can be found and it is estimated to be 200 years old.

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