Wonderful Kandy

By | Nov 17, 2017 | Views: 563
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The exterior view of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Stella Cheang)

The veneration of relics is an ancient custom that plays an important role in major world religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Shamanism. For example, sites that house holy relics in Christianity are major pilgrimage destinations because it is believed that these relics are a benediction to the living and the deceased.

In Buddhism, holy relics generally refer to the physical remains or personal effects of Buddha Shakyamuni. Incredibly, some of Buddha Shakyamuni’s bodily remains have survived for two and a half millennia, including the much-revered sacred tooth of the Buddha in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Most Buddhist temples have stupas, and these stupas are often created specifically to house precious relics. Such reliquary stupas often become the initial structure around which the whole temple is later based. Today, stupas may also hold the ashes or ringsel (relics in Tibetan) of prominent or respected Buddhist masters.

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Dagoba of Thuparama is the first stupa built in Sri Lanka

After Buddha Shakyamuni entered clear light and was cremated, his relics were highly sought after by the eight royal families of the period. In order to avoid disharmony, the Buddha’s relics were divided into eight parts and then distributed among the royal families who promised to enshrine them in stupas and worship them.

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War erupted over the Buddha’s relics in the 1st century CE. After the Buddha entered parinirvana in Kushinagar, the capital of Malla, the King tried to keep all the relics within the republic. As a result, the chiefs of the seven other clans waged war against the Mallas for possession of the Buddha’s relics.

 

The Significance of the Buddha’s Relics

In Buddhism, relics represent that Enlightenment is possible. They remind Buddhists that the Buddha was a real person just like the rest of us, yet achieved full awakening. In a deeper sense, relics embody the spiritual qualities, compassion and wisdom of the Buddha. Therefore, a Buddhist who engages in the spiritual path prescribed by the Buddha can attain Full Enlightenment.

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The Buddha statue inside the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

It is believed that by making offerings and prayers to the Buddha’s sacred relics, one will be blessed and protected. At the same time, imprints from previous lives open quicker, thereby unlocking much positive potential for the individual’s spiritual progress.

Thus, due to the significance of the Buddha’s relics, their custody and possession became symbolic of the right to rule. The reigning monarch would therefore take all necessary steps, including waging wars, in order to take the relics into their possession.

After the parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni, the sacred tooth relic was first preserved in Kalinga. Later, it was smuggled to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) by Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha, on the instructions of Kalinga’s ruler, King Guhasiva, as neighbouring states were on the verge of winning the war for possession of the relic. Having landed on the island of Lankapattana, Princess Hemamali and Prince Dantha presented the relic to King Sirimeghavanna of Anuradhapura (301-328CE) who then enshrined it at Meghagiri Vihara (present day Isurumuniya).

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The arrival of the tooth relic in Sri Lanka

Over the centuries, the relic was housed in different kingdoms following the shifting of power amongst the reigning monarchs. During the era of the Kingdom of Gampola, the relic was kept in Niyamgampaya Vihara. As the Kingdom of Kotte was established, the relic in its possession shifted to the city of Sri Jayawardenepura. During the reign of King Dom João Dharmapala of Kotte, the relic was kept hidden in Delgamuwa Vihara, Ratnapura, in a grinding stone.

Finally, the relic was brought to Kandy by Hiripitiye Diyawadana Rala and Devanagala Rathnalankara Thera. King Vimaladharmasuriya I built a two-storey building to enshrine the tooth relic, but unfortunately that building did not survive subsequent wars and demolition. When the Portuguese invaded Kandy in 1603CE, the tooth relic was carried to Meda Mahanuwara in Dumbara, and was later recovered during the time of King Rajasinha II, who reinstated the relic in a new building.

The present-day Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was built by King Vira Narendra Sinha. The octagonal Pattirippuwa and moat were added during the reign of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. Today, the Temple opens its doors for the public to pay homage to the Buddha’s sacred relic.

 

About the Kingdom of Kandy

Kandy was an important independent monarchy in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the end of the 15th Century, and the last Sinhalese kingdom to be subjugated by a colonial power. Kandy survived the attacks of Ceylon’s first two colonists — the Portuguese and the Dutch — but finally succumbed to the British in 1818. The Portuguese had wiped out all other Sinhalese kingdoms in the early 1600s.

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The Kingdom of Kandy

Under Portuguese rule, Kandy allied itself with the Dutch; under Dutch rule, it sought assistance from the British, who considered the continued independence of Kandy a hindrance to the expansion of both their trade and their communications network in Ceylon.

The British launched their first attack against Kandy in 1803, which ended in failure. By 1815 however, the Kandyan chiefs had become dissatisfied with their tyrannical king and welcomed British intervention. In the Kandyan Convention of 1815, the Kandyan king was deposed and sovereignty was vested in the British Crown, while the rights of the Kandyan chiefs were largely maintained.

Soon, the chiefs became dissatisfied with this arrangement and openly rebelled in 1817, but were subjugated by the British in 1818. Ceylon was thus, for the first time in many centuries, brought under unified rule.

 

What To Do In Kandy

Known for its spirituality and laid-back charm, Kandy is a beautiful and balmy city popular amongst spiritual, cultural, and nature seekers. There are temples and meditation centres aplenty as well as dense nature trails.

 

The Tooth Relic Temple

The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. The temple was built by the Kandyan kings between 1687-1707 and 1747-1782, and was part of the royal palace. Besides the revered main temple, the complex includes a series of smaller temples, shrines and museums.

On the north side of the temple is the Audience Hall, which is only accessible via the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Dating from the 19th Century, it is a beautiful open-air pavilion with stone columns, Buddha statues, and ivory.

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The Audience Hall is dotted with golden Buddha statues and ivory

As the actual tooth relic is enshrined in a dagoba-shaped golden casket in the Audience Hall, it is hidden away from direct view. The golden casket sits on the altar, three meters from the doorway. Visitors, pilgrims and tourists move in a queue around the premises, and are allocated 15 seconds each inside the shrine room. Sri Lankan Buddhists believe they must make a pilgrimage to this temple at least once in their lifetime, as to worship here improves one’s karmic lot immeasurably.

Location: Sri Dalada Maligawa
Entrance Fee: USD15 per person
Opening Hours: 5:30 am – 8:00 pm

Useful Tip: Wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to enter the temple. Tourists may not know this, and may have to go to one of the nearby markets in Kandy to buy sarongs.

 

The Royal Palace of Kandy

The Royal Palace of the Kandyan Kingdom is the last remnant of the reign of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1798 – 1815). It dates back to the 14th Century, where it bore witness to the glory and glamour of the kingdom. It has survived many wars and foreign invasions, from the Portuguese and Dutch amongst others.

The exterior view of the Royal Palace of Kandy

The exterior of the Royal Palace of Kandy

The Royal Court, another architectural attraction, is where many meetings with the king were held and where the Kandyan Convention, the end of the Kandyan kingdom, was signed. Other highlights of the Royal Palace include the King’s Palace (Raja Wasala), the Royal Court (Magul Maduwa), the Queen’s Palace (Meda Wasala), the King’s Harem’s Quarters (Palle Vahale), the Queen’s Bathing Pavilion (Ulpange), and the Royal Gardens inside the palace gates. Adjacent to the Royal Palace is the Victorian era building that until recently housed the Kandy High Court.

Location: Sri Dalads Veediya
Entrance Fee: USD8 per adult. Children enter for free.
Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

The Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

This 88ft-high white Buddha statue, strategically located atop Bahirava Kanda Hill or Devil’s Hill, is one of the highlights of the Kandyan landscape and is visible from almost any vantage point in Peradeniya. Visitors can either climb the steps to reach the viewpoint, or hire a tuk-tuk.

The statue’s beauty is enhanced at night when it is lit up by lamps. The best time to visit is in the early morning or after sunset. The panoramic view of the city, including a view of the lake, tea factory and football stadium is another visitor attraction. A gallery containing artefacts based on the life of the Buddha and a souvenir shop are located close by.

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The majestic statue of Lord Buddha at Bahirawakanda Temple in Kandy

Location: Peradeniya, Kandy.
Entrance Fee: Starts from USD2 approximately
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours a day

 

Other Places to Visit in Kandy

 

The International Buddhist Museum

Located close to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the International Buddhist Museum sits within the royal palace complex. It is a knowledge base that showcases the spreading of Buddhism throughout Asia and is a crowd puller for those who want a better understanding of the impact of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the world. Individual rooms are dedicated to different countries, illustrating the history of Buddhism in these geographical locations. There are also photographs, models, and gigantic statues which depict the influence of Buddhism on people in various places.

Visitors are reminded to wear covered clothes and to remove their shoes. There is an elevator in the Museum which allows disabled visitors to access the upper floors.

Location: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Entrance Fee: Approximate price starts from USD 7 per adult
Opening Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 am

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The International Buddhist Museum

 

The Udawattekele Sanctuary

The Udawattekele Sanctuary, also known as the Royal Park Palace, is located amidst the hilly terrain of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Centuries ago, the jungle on the far side was known as the Uda Wasala Watta, or the upper palace garden, hence its name. Scattered across 257 acres, it is deemed the most important bio reserve of the country and was officially designated a sanctuary in 1938.

Its catchment area provides fresh water to the lake, and the reserve purifies the nearby city’s air. The highlights of the sanctuary include a few Buddhist temples, a water pond, Kodimale Peak, Senkanda Cave, and Garrison Cemetery.

Location: Wevelpitiya Road, Kandy
Entry Fee: USD4 for foreigners and a much lower rate for locals
Opening Hours: Open daily but it is not recommended to visit the sanctuary during the rainy season

 

Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake dominates a large area of Kandy City. Despite its serene surface, it has a bloody history. The lake was first created in 1807CE by the last ruler of the Kingdom of Kandy. The people initially objected to labouring on the lake project but the rebellion was soon quelled as naysayers were ruthlessly staked to death on the lake bed.

The middle of the lake features a small island used by the emperor as his personal harem. Later, the British used it to store ammunition and built a fortress style parapet around the area. The main attractions of Kandy Lake are the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, boat rides in the lake and the abundant wildlife including birds, lizards, and tortoises.

Kandy Lake waterfront and the Clouds Wall (Walakulu Wall) at sunrise, Kandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka, Asia. This is a photo of Kandy Lake waterfront and the Clouds Wall (Walakulu Wall) at sunrise in Kandy, Central Province of Sri Lanka, Asia. Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka, and is home to beautiful Kandy Lake and Clouds Walls (Walakulu Wall), a great place to visit for a walk at sunrise. The Sacred City of Kandy is one of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.

Kandy Lake waterfront and the Clouds Wall a.k.a. Walakulu Wall at sunrise

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The Tooth Relic Temple at dusk, situated on the northern part of Kandy Lake

 

Peradeniya Botanic Garden

Once exclusively reserved for the Kandyan Royalty, the Peradeniya Botanic Garden, also known as the Royal Garden, is open to the public today, making it the largest botanic garden in Sri Lanka, covering 60 hectares of land near the Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka.

Famous for its collection of orchids, cannonball trees, coconut palms, spice garden, giant bamboos, rubber trees, as well as a stately avenue of royal palms planted in 1950, the botanical garden attracts 2 million visitors annually.

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Beautiful orchids in the Peradeniya Botanic Garden

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A bridge in the Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya, Kandy

 

Kandyan Dance and Drum Show

The Kandyan dance and drum show is an intense and energetic performance by both male and female performers dressed in unique, colourful costumes. Ten different dances are performed, including the famous “Devil” dances of the west coast, and the Raban Dance.

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Kandyan drummer and dancer at the dance show

Man performing the Raban Dance and balancing drums in a tourist show at the Kandyan Arts Association Hall, Kandy, Sri Lanka, Asia

The Raban Dance where the performer balances flat drums (Raban) on sticks while dancing.

 

Major Buddhist Festivals

 

1. New Year

The Sinhalese and Tamil New Year is celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists alike. The festival originally celebrated the end of the harvest and the beginning of the south-western monsoon. Many old rituals – such as lighting the hearth and eating for the first time in the new year – are still carried out today at astrologically auspicious times by traditional families. Some families also continue with the custom of casting horoscopes for the new year, and offer special foods to the gods. Businesses close for the duration of the celebration and many people return to their villages, put on new clothes, and celebrate with games and fireworks.

 

2. Vesak

Celebrated on the day of the full moon in May, Vesak is the most sacred of Buddhist festivals as it celebrates the Buddha’s birth, Enlightenment, and death. Buses and cars are decorated with streamers and garlands, shops and streets are decked out with a myriad of paper lanterns, tiny clay coconut-oil lamps are lit in villages, and cities put up illuminated structures called pandals, with richly decorated panels depicting events in the Buddha’s life.

It is considered meritorious to offer gifts of food and drink during the festival, thus roadside booths (dansal) are specially constructed to offer both free of charge. The fare on offer ranges from rice and curries to Vesak sweetmeats. The devout dress in white and visit their local temple to spend the day performing religious observances, fasting, and praying.

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Vesak, a cultural celebration in Kandy, Sri Lanka

 

3. Poson

Poson Poya in June commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. The day is celebrated in temples all over the island, but the biggest celebration is at Mihintale, where the Buddhist emissary Mahinda converted King Devanampiya in 247BC, establishing Buddhism as the national religion of the Sinhalese.

 

4. Esala Perahera

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and grandest Buddhist festivals, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This is held during Esala (July or August), which is believed to commemorate the first teaching given by the Buddha after he attained Enlightenment.

The festival is also meant to honour the Sacred Tooth Relic and the four ‘guardian’ gods: Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama, and the Goddess Pattini. The Sinhalese term ‘Perahera’ means a parade of musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats, and other performers accompanied by many caparisoned tuskers and elephants parading the streets in celebration of this religious event.

The perahera gradually becomes longer and more lavish over the course of the festival. By the time the final night comes around, it would have swollen to include hundreds of elephants and thousands of dancers, drummers, fire-eaters, acrobats, and many others.

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The festival of Esala Perahera illuminates the streets of Kandy

 

5. Duruthu Perahera

The Duruthu Perahera, held at the Raja Maha Vihara temple in Kelaniya, 8 km (5 miles) outside Colombo, is second only to the Kandy Perahera in spectacle. Staged annually in January, the Duruthu Perahera commemorates the first visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka over 2,500 years ago, with a lavish procession of elephants, dancers, and drummers.

 

Proper Etiquette

 

Using One’s Hands

Instead of using cutlery, Sri Lankans eat with the fingertips of their right hands. Having said that, proper cutlery is available in most restaurants upon request. Using the right hand when shaking hands, handling money and small objects, etc. amongst Sri Lankans is similar to the customs in the rest of the world.

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Eating with one’s hand is second nature to many Sri Lankans

 

Respecting Buddhist Culture

Buddhism is the main faith in Sri Lanka and over 70% of the population are Buddhist. Thus, it is critical to understand the social norms of Buddhist culture.

It is a no-no to touch or pat Buddhist monks on the crown of their heads. The same goes for children at a temple. One should always be respectful, polite and show deference to monks. For example, many people practice giving up their seats to monks on a crowded bus. The same deference is also observed when entering a temple by covering one’s shoulders and legs. It is also common practice to remove footwear and headwear before heading into a place of worship.

Wearing attire which features images of the Buddha or any other deity may be considered disrespectful and insensitive. It may also be considered illegal in some areas, resulting in arrest by the local police.

 

Public Photography

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Photography etiquette

The colour and culture of Sri Lanka is a photographer’s paradise, but there are a few things to consider before getting too snap happy. Some sites require a permit which covers photography, filming, parking, and entrance fees. These sites are generally only accessible between 6 am and 10 am. Look out for signboards permitting photography before taking photographs both indoors and outdoors.

 

Other Social Etiquettes

Public displays of affection such as kissing and/or hugging are generally frowned upon. However, they are generally acceptable at certain functions and establishments such as nightclubs, casinos and beach parties. Some allowances are made for foreigners.

Public nudity is illegal in Sri Lanka as are same-sex relationships. In general, it is safest to observe what the locals and others do to avoid offending anyone or getting into trouble.

 

Location and Population

Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. The city is located between multiple mountain ranges at an elevation of 500 metres (1,600ft) above sea level. It lies adjacent to Kandy Lake, south of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary.

Kandy is both an administrative and religious city, and is also the capital of the Central Province. As the second largest city of the island nation, the majority of the population are Sinhalese, with considerable communities belonging to other ethnic groups such as Moors and Tamils.

The city remains an important religious centre for the Sinhalese and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. It is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in Buddhism, and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

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Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province, 113.5 km north east of Colombo. The city lies amidst the hills of the Kandy plateau, which crosses vast areas of tropical tea plantations.

 

Climate

Located in the centre of an island at high elevation, Kandy’s climate is that of a tropical rainforest and the city is relatively wetter and cooler than the rest of the country. The dry season runs from January through to April, while the monsoon season is from May through to July and October to December.

Being in the northern hemisphere, Kandy’s coldest month is January and the hottest is July. From March through to the middle of May, the inter-monsoonal period, light rains and strong humidity are expected.

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Earth Hour in Sri Lanka

 

Shopping

Eager shoppers will want to watch out for one of Kandy’s most distinctive goods, the Kandyan sari. Worn by Sinhalese women in both formal and casual occasions, the Kandyan sari, as opposed to the traditional Indian version, has more frills and comes in two pieces.

There are many street stalls and boutiques where tourists can buy or just admire a Kandyan sari. The shop owners will only be too happy to demonstrate how to wear one properly.

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A Sinhalese girl wearing a beautiful Traditional Kandyan saree

 

Food

Kandy does not have many western restaurants, so the best meals you’ll enjoy during your visit will likely be at your hotel. One option is the Empire Cafe inside a 200-year-old colonial-styled building with a street-level veranda. Along the same street as the garland-sellers near the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, you will find good coffee, curries and cakes.

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Traditional Kandyan street food

 

How To Get There

By Hire Car or Taxi

The A1 highway will take you directly from Colombo and Negombo to Kandy in 3 hours. Cars can easily be hired for about USD15 to USD20 per day, including a driver and fuel. A van would cost around USD22 per day while a taxi from the International Bandaranaike Airport or Negombo to Kandy will cost around USD45.

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Taxi services are popular in Sri Lanka

Some of the reliable taxi services in Kandy

Some of the reliable taxi services in Kandy

 

By Bus

Kandy has one main bus station for long distance travel called ‘Good Shed’, and a number of bus stops located around the clock tower. To catch a local bus towards the towns of Matale or Kegalle for example, you’ll find the correct bus stop in the vicinity of the clock tower.

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The bus service in Kandy is essential as it caters to roughly 325,000 people who enter the city on a weekday. On average, about 5,000 buses ply the Kandy city roads per day.

Buses travel to most of the destinations below every half hour from 5:00 am till 8:30 pm

Buses travel to most of the destinations below every half hour from 5:00 am till 8:30 pm

 

By Train

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A train approaching Kandy Railway Station

Train tickets and reservations (up to 10 days in advance) are available from counter 1 at the Kandy train station. The counter is open from 5:30 am to 5:30 pm. The train timetable of Kandy Railway Station is available to download here.

If a seated ticket is not available at the ticket counter, you can always check with the stationmaster, as they have the authority to release more seats for tourists.

The Intercity Express train from Colombo to Kandy only takes 2½ hours. Super-luxury compartments are added to the Kandy Intercity Express train, which has TV and Wi-Fi facilities.

 

Where To Stay

With the constant flow of tourists, Kandy has a wide selection of hospitality and accommodation options. Here are some recommendations; we recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

 

1. Freedom Lodge

Located near the scenic Kandy Lake away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets, Freedom Lodge is a guesthouse operated by a local family. The hosts, who speak fluent English, offer eight rooms in a welcoming and homey environment. Guests can kick back in the garden area and all rooms are equipped with necessities such as mosquito nets and fans, and feature modern private bathrooms.

Freedom Lodge provides breakfast with fresh fruit, toast, fried eggs, honey and quality coffee, which can be hard to come by in this tropical country.

Address: 30 Saranankara Rd, Kandy, Sri Lanka

 

2. Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge is located less than an hour away from Kandy. It is nestled 1,000 meters above sea level in the scenic Knuckles Mountain Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guests can rest in tents which are equipped with all comforts including en-suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi access. Magnificent views of the surrounding hills and lush greenery can also be enjoyed from the terrace or infinity pool. The property features a fine dining restaurant serving a large variety of dishes made using organic vegetables from its own gardens. Trekking, day trips to the local tea factory and romantic campfires can be arranged upon request.

Address: Madolkele – Habaragala Rd, Sri Lanka

 

3. Ellerton Bungalow

Situated a comfortable distance away from the overwhelming bustle of Kandy, the Ellerton Bungalow is a 200-year-old manor sited on a six-acre land, and is the city’s first high-end boutique hotel.

Colonial artefacts and decorations are complemented by white arches and pillared verandas. Calming Buddhists chants from the nearby monastery as well as parrots and butterflies fluttering through the trees further make this hotel one of the best places in Kandy to rest your head at night.

Address: Nawa Gurukelle, Doluwa, Gampola, Kandy 20500, Sri Lanka

 

4. Helga’s Folly

Helga’s Folly is characterised by its decor and architectural style. Designed by Helga da Silva, this place has hosted eminent guests such as Gandhi and Paula Yates, and reflects the colourful life of its famous owner.

The garden has wild monkeys and birds moving through its confines and even has a shimmering pool surrounded by fairy lights. The room decor continues the colourful theme and offers modern comforts. Visitors can choose from no less than seven dining rooms and, if they are in luck, they may enjoy an evening with the hostess herself, who is always happy to share her adventures. Helga’s Folly is also a famous stop for people who appreciate a good cocktail.

Address: 70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka

 

5. Burmese Rest

Said to be ideal for spiritual seekers, lodging in Burmese Rest comes at a low price that does not compromise on quality. A former pilgrim’s guesthouse run by monks, Burmese Rest offers clean rooms within the confines of an old building which retains a unique beauty in its gradual decay. The scenic courtyard reflects an old-time grandeur, and is often filled with slow-moving tortoises.

The hostel is only a few minutes away from the city centre, and lies within reach of the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the scenic Kandy Lake. The monks are friendly and happy to chat, although visitors should always keep in mind to behave and dress appropriately.

Address: 274 Ds Senanayake Vidiya, Kandy, Sri Lanka

 

6. Elephant Stables

Surrounded by the lush jungles of Kandy, the Elephant Stables boutique hotel is the restored home of Sir Cudah Ratwatte. Located outside the city centre, this place has a tranquil atmosphere and offers guestrooms as well as an outdoor pool.

Decorated in warm tones with wooden accents, the rooms are equipped with various amenities, from air conditioning to a minibar and flat-screen TV. Under the watchful eye of master chef Indika, its Green Room restaurant serves up delicious Sri Lankan, Thai, and international cuisine.

Address: Nittawela Rd, Kandy, Sri Lanka, +94 11 2 888450

 

7. Kandy City Hotel

The Kandy City Hotel offers accommodation for those who do not want to sacrifice upscale comfort for affordability. With its central location and proximity to the railway station, the hotel provides easy access to all the main sights of the city.

Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel and guests can enjoy Sri Lankan, Asian, and European cuisine at the on-site restaurant, browse the souvenir shop, or rent a bicycle or car to venture into the nearby mountain areas.

Address: 37, Yatinuwara Street, Kandy, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka, +94 81 222 0002

 

8. Royal Tourist Lodge

Surrounded by lush greenery, the Royal Tourist Lodge is run by a Sri Lankan family and offers comfortable stays just a stone’s throw away from the central parts of the city. The warm atmosphere, homey feel, and comfortable rooms make this place a popular option for tourists.

Both Sri Lankan and Western dishes are available at the restaurant, and staff at the 24-hour front desk are more than happy to assist with enquiries or help organise trips. All rooms come with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, and other amenities.

Address: Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka, +94 81 2 222534

 

9. Anna Shanti Villa

Situated near the magnificent Kandy Lake, the Anna Shanti Villa is a hotel with an excellent reputation, quality rooms, and friendly staff. The seven rooms are fitted with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning to provide modern comforts, and comes at a reasonable price.

Visitors are greeted with freshly brewed tea in the morning, and can retreat to the garden to enjoy the surroundings. The dining room serves international and Sri Lankan dishes, and the hotel staff are willing to assist with any queries and requests.

Address: Rajapihilla Terrace Rd, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

 

10. The Richmond House Kandy

The three-star Richmond House Kandy is a few kilometres from the city, tucked away in the picturesque hillside. The colonial villa reflects the sophistication and grandeur of a long-gone era while incorporating modern luxuries. With 24-hour service, a garden, panoramic views, and outstanding service, guests should be well satisfied.

Address: 195/56, Richmond Hill Place, Heerassagala, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

 
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  1. James on Jul 25, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Nice write up about Sri Lanka!

  2. Anne Ong on Feb 27, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this beautfiful article and place of Kandy where people can visit and have chance to see display of Buddha’s relics. Love the beautiful pictures and descriptions of the culture,food and tradition.🙏👍

  3. Jacinta on Jan 28, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella,

    It gives us the reason to visit Kandy, the place where Buddha’s sacred relics are being preserved.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 10, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Thank you to Stella and Rinpoche, heard about this city from the days we studied Geogrpahy and that goes really way back. The closeness of Kandy to Candy certainly caught my imagination. Still a buddha relic is preserved there and it is a worthwhile place to visit if one is in Sri Lanka.

  5. Samfoonheei on Nov 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Wonderful Kandy, Sri Lanka is where the Temple of the Tooth Relic located and is the most important Buddhist shrine. It is believed to hold the sacred tooth of the Buddha.These precious relic attracts thousand of pilgrims,locals as well as tourist every day.The Buddha’s relics serve to inspire people that enlightenment is possible. It seem that making offerings and prayers to the Buddha’s sacred relics, we will be blessed and protected .The temple buildings are richly carved and decorated with inlaid woods, ivory, and lacquer. Its a beautiful temple from what i see from those images.Good to know that Kandy do offered many place of interest for tourist. And good to know about their cultures
    too. Thank Rinpoche and Stella for sharing these details write up , very convenience for those travelling there.

  6. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Beautiful Kandy, Sri Lanka, a wonderful place to visit for a pilgrimage and a profound spiritual experience. Thousands flock to visit the temple with the tooth relic of Lord Buddha, the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa).

    From a spiritual point of view, relics confirm that Enlightenment is possible.Lord Buddha, a flesh and blood living being, had achieved it and his relic is there to prove that it happened. When we make offerings and prayers to the holy relics of the Buddha, we will be blessed and protected. Our imprints of previous lives will open up more quickly, thus unlocking the positive potential in us for spiritual growth. Hence Buddhists, especially Sri Lankan Buddhists, believe that to make a pilgrimage to this temple of the tooth relic at least once in their lifetime, will improve “one’s karmic lot immeasurably”!

    • Hrinpo on Feb 3, 2018 at 1:17 am

      Thank you.
      For sure, Kandy is a must see.

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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:53 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I do agree in the article say man are responsible for everything in their life. In simply way man are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Only man use the reason and conscience with which they are endowed to act with humanity toward human, animal and planet.

    I truly agree with this article. Every single action that man has to do and done has to connect to one another for perfection in this world.
  • Anonymous
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:03 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for telling us this story for us to learn from it. Rinpoche gives a lot of advice and instructions to many people and students to help them. However, no all of the recipient of Rinpoche’s kindness will be willing to go all the way with Rinpoche’s advice and instructions even though it is for our own good. Some will stick all the way but some will stop halfway due to their laziness and fears due to the lack of faith in Rinpoche.

    Rinpoche will not give any advice that will harm us. Sometimes, the instructions might seem to be harming us or unreasonable, but we have to have faith in Rinpoche that eventually it will be beneficial for us in the long run.

    http://bit.ly/2Pjba3C
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 02:43 PM
    It is very good to know about the origin and the story of the Buddhist deity. The story of Methar shows us how the Tibetan leadership has been operating since the older time, how powerful highly attained lamas are and how an evil spirit can be subdued to do good to help others.

    Power and money are what the Tibetan leadership is interested in. They will make false accusations on someone to take over someone’s wealth and power, like in the case of Demo Rinpoche and Methar. Methar turned into an angry spirit after he was killed. However, due to the power of Serkong Rinpoche and his deep Dharma imprint, Methar was subdued and agreed to give his service to Kache Marpo.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/methar-of-tengyeling-monastery.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 05:30 PM
    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche: Birth, Death & Bardo

    Birth, death and bardo: what are these three things? How do people die? We have to understand what we mean by birth, death and bardo in general. We must know how the bardo is entered. We die, go into bardo, take birth, again die going yet again into bardo. There is an unending cycle of the three; no end to it at all. It is useful to develop aversion to Samsara (or Cyclic Existence) and very good for practice to know this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zong-rinpoche-birth-death-and-bardo.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 04:02 PM
    This is interesting and good article to read and provided many information of holy places.It is always good to visit spiritual power places. it can open up dharma seeds within us and bless our minds to engage in spiritual practice.
    Great to get know what we suppose to do at these Holy place ,recite prayers, make offerings and so forth to intoxicate one selves with the blessings of the place.Thank you so much for the article and beautiful pictures.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2Pw2Jko
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 01:43 PM
    People often relate witchcraft to evil practice. However, in this modern time, no one is penalised for practising witchcraft. It is not a main stream religious practice and people can practise it freely.

    Therefore, it is very ridiculous for the Tibetan leadership to penalise Dorje Shugden practitioners because of their faith. Dorje Shugden practice started about 300-400 years ago and it has never been a threat to national security, there is no reason it should be banned. May the ban be lifted soon and no more discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:13 PM
    Rinpoche have shown us an example to have faith and trust in Buddha. When pray sincerely, have trust and faith our wishes will be fulfilled.Buddha will bless us when we have sincere motivation.
    Really a good article about Medicine Buddha .It is really inspiring and thank you very much for sharing with us.
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:04 PM
    The Rain Stopper

    A few years ago, I think in 2005, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and a few of us went to Kathmandu, Nepal to buy Buddha statues for our outlets in Malaysia, it was around July and it was a rainy season in Nepal, so it rained almost daily during the daytime and it made the shopping trip somewhat troublesome, because the statue shops in Nepal are mostly in Boudanath and it was not a covered shopping mall, you have to go from shop to shop in the rain. We were staying in Hyatt Regency Kathmandu then and it was raining quite heavily as we were waiting at the lobby for the taxis to bring us to Boudanath, Rinpoche commented that it was another tiresome rainy day, and he said to us “You guys wait here, I am going to talk to my friends”, then Rinpoche left the seat, walked towards the hotel entrance, and start staring at the gloomy sky while mumbling something. The few of us who looked at each other, and all turned to stared at Rinpoche, this lasted for about 5 minutes, then Rinpoche walked back to us and said “It’s ok now, I just talked to them and they are OK with it, we can leave soon.” True enough, in about 5 minutes, the downpour turned into drizzle, and we hopped into the taxis, by the time the taxis were speeding along the bustling streets of Kathmandu, the rain stopped completely.

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  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 03:11 PM
    It is extremely worrying to know that parts of America such as Texas and Florida are experiencing the impact of powerful hurricanes. The horrendous natural disasters have destroyed thousands of homes, businesses, offices and facilities in these areas. Sadly however, during such disasters, animals are often the first ones to be left behind, and saving the life of a human takes precedence over the life of an animal. The same thing happened during the recent Hurricane Harvey in Florida. But this time around, what was most disturbing was the fact that animals were left behind to die during the disaster.

    The helpless animals, such as dogs in this case, have had to suffer immensely during the storms. As can be seen in the article, there is an uproar regarding dogs being tied up during the hurricanes which made it impossible for them to escape. In fact, the authorities may have encouraged people to leave their pets behind in some areas, but they should not have been tied up and left to suffer from the strong winds and rain. No one wants to be put in such a position, and neither do animals.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2E8aHuY
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 03:01 PM
    The mere mention of the Lizard Man conjures creepy images of mutant-like humanoid reptilians. Interestingly, despite possible disapproval from the grammar police, the term “Lizard Man” is used interchangeably to refer to a broad spectrum of bipedal hominid-like reptilian creatures (sometimes also referred to as “Homo-subterreptus) instead of just one specific cryptid. Thus, reported sightings of Lizard Man vary from scaly humans to large bipedal lizards, small dinosaurs and everything else in-between.

    It is no surprise that many theories have been put forward in an attempt to crystallise the undefined nature and origin of the Lizard Man. Essentially, there are two leading theories – one based on evolution and the other on extra-terrestrials.

    Read more about the Creepy Tales of the Lizard Man at http://bit.ly/348HLxA
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:55 PM
    Buddha Shakyamuni gave three reasons as to why He had chosen Kushinagar (in today’s northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh) to pass away:

    It was the proper venue for teaching the Maha-Sudassana Sutra (Story of the Great King of Glory).
    Subhadda, whom Buddha Shakyamuni felt still needed to be given teachings, was there. Subhadda consequently became the last monk to be ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni; upon meditating on the teachings received directly from the Buddha, he swiftly became an arhat (perfected) and entered Parinirvana shortly before Buddha Shakyamuni.
    Buddha Shakyamuni foresaw that His disciples would argue over the sharing of His relics. He wanted Doha, a wise and respected old Brahmin of Kushinagar, to mediate the disciples’ disagreements.

    Read more about the Important Sites of Buddhist Pilgrimage – Kushinagar, India at http://bit.ly/2P9tU5A
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:39 PM
    On June 21, 2015, Kechara had the privilege and great merits to witness an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche briefly describes here the history and background of trances, and what happened on the day itself.

    For the first time in history, a Tibetan oracle had the invocation done for the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to enter or take trance, and there were no Tibetan monks involved. It was all local, lay Malaysians who did the invocation. Our people practiced very hard and diligently with a lot of sincerity and commitment for many weeks, to do the chanting, to learn the rituals and to ensure the procedure was done right. And everything was a great success.

    On the fateful day as preordained, we escorted Chojela to the prayer hall where there were 700 people (by invitation only) waiting to witness and to get blessings of the trance. We then assisted him in dressing in the correct regalia of the official oracle, including the hat and the boots. The instruments of trance such as the sword and spears were nearby along with the noose. The invocation was done and Dorje Shugden entered very smoothly into the oracle. He immediately got up as per tradition and did a very special Vajra dance in our prayer hall, which is the dance of clearing the obstacles.

    Read more about this historical moment of 700 Meet A Buddha at http://bit.ly/38oe0vP
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:29 PM
    The rabbis call on their “fellow Jews to transition toward animal-free, plant-based diets.This approach to sustenance is an expression of sharing Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.”

    Read more about Rabbis Urge Jews to Go Vegan in Global Campaign at http://bit.ly/2RF5vGT
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 01:40 PM
    The crow pheasant is a beautiful bird, I saw this bird just yesterday. It is good to know that it is a good omen. It somehow gives me an assurance that things will only get better. Sometimes when people are lost and not sure if they have made the right decision, seeing signs like this can really calm people’s mind.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-crow-pheasant-bringer-of-auspicious-omens.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 12:37 AM
    The 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden

    This is the prayer to Dorje Shugden as composed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Dungkar Monastery of Domo Geshe Rinpoche. It is good to recite daily or when in need of help. You can see in the prayer His Holiness enthrones Dorje Shugden as the “supreme collected nature of all Gurus and Protective Deities and requests to grant siddhis” (attainments). Ordinary spirits cannot grant siddhis therefore in this prayer, Dalai Lama recognized Dorje Shugden as a superior being who can grant two types of siddhis. Ordinary and extra-ordinary siddhis. His Holiness surely could not be tricked by a spirit. His Holiness saw Dorje Shugden as a superior being embodying the gurus and Protective Deities who can grant two types of siddhis.

    Read of the 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden: http://bit.ly/14DalaiLamaDSPrayer

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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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