The famous citadel of Kandy, nestled amidst surrounding undulating hills, is the magnificent location from where the previous kings of Kandy reigned. Kandy was the last place in Sri Lanka to be captured by the British, after failed attempts by the Portuguese and the Dutch to capture the king’s throne. Previously the country was invaded in the main coastal areas, but Kandy was able to hold off the defenders due to its strategic inland and uphill location.

One of the main highlights to see in Kandy is the Sri Dalada Maligawa, otherwise referred to the Temple of the Tooth of Lord Buddha. This architectural gem sits by Kandy’s lake and is frequented by Sri Lankan and international visitors alike. The temple is the most important place for Buddhists to worship in Sri Lanka, and every year there is a huge processional festival called the Perahera. This colourful and noisy pageant has decorated elephants in the procession, and these elephants often walk up to 12 days to reach Kandy from various parts of the country. The temple itself is ornately decorated and is usually very busy with Buddhists coming to pay their respects. A highlight for many visitors is to see the enormous elephant called Raja, who was the temple elephant for many years and had the distinction of carrying the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha for many years at the Perahera celebrations. There was much sorrow at his passing, but through the practice of taxidermy, he is immortalised as a unique feature of the temple.

Also worth a visit in Kandy are the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – set on 47 acres and located in the University area of Kandy, they showcase a plethora of plants, trees and flowers from around the globe. Many politicians, Monarchs, celebrities and significant others have planted trees during their visits over the decades and it is interesting to see exactly which tree they have planted, as all are mentioned on name plaques.

The driveway of large palm trees is an impressive sight, as is the collection of unique orchids. The Botanical Gardens are a beautiful place to wander around for a while, taking in how Sri Lankans living in Kandy appreciate this great swathe of beauty on their doorstep. It is an oasis of calm and beauty away from the hectic hustle and bustle of Kandy town.

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In light of the current covid-19 pandemic affecting everyone across the globe, we have taken the following protocols to ensure the safety of both you our team members.

  • The traditional Sri Lankan greeting, “Ayubowan
  • Screening Test will be done up on check-in which consists of filling up of Self -Declaration form and Temperature check ups to expedite this process we have registered with Government Body where you can scan your details via QR Code Access.
  • Sensor sanitizer dispensers and manual sanitizer dispensers will be available at various spaces around the property.
  • All Serene Team Members will wear face masks and if necessary pair of gloves while on duty and practice social distancing.

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