This walking tour was a labour of love. If you think any other places of interest should be included or if you notice that any of the information here is misleading or just plain wrong, please let me know here or by email. I would also like to know more about any of the buildings or places marked with the *, especially if you can cite sources for the information. Also if there are any broken links, please let me know.
1 -Queens Hotel
The gardens contain the statues of:
DS Senanayake Sri Lanka’s first Prime Minister http://www.dailymirror.lk/54491/d-s-senanayake-the-father-of-the-nation For an alternative view see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._S._Senanayake .
Two of Ehelepola’s children executed by the last King of Kandy, Madduma Bandara (executed by the British - https://erandika.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/madduma-bandara-a-child-hero/).
Hemamala and Prince Danta who brought the tooth to Sri Lanka ( https://srilankanature.wordpress.com/lanka-patuna/ )
Ven. Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Thero ( https://sinhalasangha.wordpress.com/ven-wariyapola-sumangala-thero/ ).
The skull of Keppetipola Disawe ( http://www.list.lk/weera-keppetipola-disawe.htm ) is also entombed here.
Kandy’s main tourist attraction, well worth a half-day trip on its own. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings from 1592 to 1815. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_the_Tooth
Consists of Vishnu, Natha and Pathini temples, as well as Bodhi trees. https://www.wanderant.com/#/items/92038-natha-devale/overview
and for a review http://srilanka.for91days.com/2012/02/22/the-four-devales-of-kandy/
Useful maps and other tourist information.
Situated in a beautiful building not far from the temple complex. They sell replica statues, books, etc and are very helpful.
Built in 1898, originally as a coffee factory. This is a UN designated conserved building and has an excellent view of the Lake from the verandah, as well as interesting movie posters in the entrance and beautiful late Victorian architecture. http://www.oldeempirehotel.com/
Old milepost. Recently repainted so it’s become even more difficult to see the figures.
Slightly dilapidated standing map of Kandy on a post .
Currently (11/2016) being renovated, formerly used by the King’s wives and concubines. Formerly a Library and a Police Station. http://imagessrilanka.blogspot.com/search/label/Dalada%20Maligawa and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandy_Lake which has some gory information about the lake and its construction.
The lake was built in 1807 by King Sri WickramaRajasinghe, it has views of the temple, watch out for the wildlife, especially pelicans and monitor lizards on and around the lake. Takes just more than an hour for a complete circuit. See A4 and A6 for further information about the lake.
The Royal Summer House, an island in the middle of Kandy Lake, used by the British as an ammunition store. https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Kandy%20Lake and http://archives.dailynews.lk/2004/02/26/fea04.html
This is where traditional Kandiyan dancing takes place. They also sell traditional handicrafts. There are lots of reviews of the performances online, eg at TripAdvisor.com.
Founded in 1958, has an extensive bookshop and library of mostly Theravada Buddhist books. There is a useful online search to see if they stock a book you need or why not just sit in the library and browse? http://www.bps.lk/
In these workshops, situated on Rajapihilla Mawatha you can watch craftsmen at work.
Built in a former palace for queens of Kandy, This museum houses historical artefacts from the Kandyan period (17th to19th century). Lots of reviews are available online. http://www.museum.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_regionalm&task=regionalmuseum&id=4&Itemid=82&lang=en
Beautiful buildings now housing attorneys-at-law, Stand opposite to admire, Some are in better condition than others.
This is housed in the former residence of the Elepola family, See 2 above, which was confiscated by the King in 1814.
Visible from the Remand Centre side of the road are the gardens and part of the house where the president stays on official visits, It is also called the President’s Pavilion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President%27s_Pavilion
Old bar formerly frequented by British officers, and completely renovated between 2009 and 2011. An intimate courtyard, friendly service and a very informative map room make this a good place to stop on your walk. A review of the project to revamp the hotel is at http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140622/plus/tavern-in-the-town-gets-right-royal-makeover-104143.html
Another good place to stop is the YMCA. If you fancy soya ice cream or a vegetarian lunch or just short eats this is the place for you. The MCA is involved in a lot of local community projects – see its facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ymca.kandy/.
All of the area north of Sri DaladaVeediya is riddled with backstreets to explore.
Housed in a former colonial manor house, where the village headman used to live is the Central Finance building.
Stunningly beautiful building in red and white!.
Full of interesting medicines, you can also get a consultation in many including the famous Bowatte’s. For lots of useful information on Ayurvedic medicine in Sri Lanka go to http://sl-ayurvedicmedicine.blogspot.com/
Good and reasonably priced Indian food with a Sri Lankan flavor! Plenty of reviews online.
A small church next to Sri Lankan Army compound,
All of the area north of Sri Dalada Veediya is riddled with backstreets to explore.
A very busy place frequented by lots of locals. There is a restaurant upstairs.
Very quiet cup of tea can be had upstairs, downstairs a good selection of Sri Lankan teas to buy.
A quietish place to sit. Formerly known as Torrington Park. One view of the park is at http://www.thearchitect.lk/2008/03/a-spot-of-green-in-kandy/ . One view of George E De Silva is at http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/03/21/george-e-de-silva-%E2%80%94-champion-of-the-poor/
One statue is a World War I memorial, The second is Anuruddha Ratwatte ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anuruddha_Ratwatte ) and of course the third is of George E De Silva (see G1 above). One the other side of the road in ‘Byrd Park’ is a statue of General Kobbakaduwa ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denzil_Kobbekaduwa ) . One interesting take on the statues is at https://slwakes.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/the-strategies-behind-the-visibility-and-invisibility-of-statues/
I know very little about the history of this building.
Inside KCC. Useful maps and other tourist information.
Near Keells supermarket inside KCC.
Under George E De Silva Park (G1).
Beautifully displayed vegetables and fruits, Lots of tourist items in an interesting setting. There are a lot of reviews online and some great pictures.
Small, quiet post office at entrance to market..
More down to earth and less touristy than the central market..
For services to Clombo.
If you notice that any of the information here is misleading or just plain wrong, please let me know here or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . I would also like to know more about any of the buildings or places marked with the *, especially if you can cite sources for the information. Also if there are any broken links, please let me know.
Other places to visit which will appear on version 2 of the map
The Burmese Rest
On DS SenanayakeVeediya. Cheap and quiet place to stay. Good reviews on Tripadvisor and some nice photos.
International Buddhist Museum
Near the other museums (B1 and B2) on the map. The first of its kind in the world with displays from all Buddhist countries. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Buddhist_Museum .
Victory Hotel & Bar
Newly refurbished Hotel & Bar. Good food & good views upstairs. http://victorycityhotelkandy.com/