The History of the Kingdom of Kandy – The Last Kingdom of Sri Lanka

For those history enthusiasts out there, who are about to visit the city of Kandy, you might find it interesting to know that this was the last independent kingdom of Sri Lanka before the British takeover. Here are a few amazing facts about this historical city.

Naming the city

This great city has been renamed a few times by various rulers in the past and has finally come to be known as Kandy to most. The very first name given to the kingdom is thought to be Katubulu Nuwara. However, the most popular historic name for the city is Senkadagalapura. If you are visiting Kandy, hotels the likes of Earl’s Regency are available in numbers.

Prominent Rulers of Kandy

The very first King of Senkadagala, Sena Sammatha Wickramabahu, ruled the kingdom under the Kotte Kingdom as a semi-independent Kingdom. The next successor was his son. There emerged but one queen who ruled Kandy, Dona Catherina, who happened to be the daughter of Karaliyadde Bandara.

The Nayak influence

The Nayaks, let by King Visvanatha were a clan that hailed from Madurai in south India. The Kings of Kandy often sought assistance from this clan when it came to driving out the Portuguese. It is said that at the battle of Gannoruwa, there were about a 1000 Nayakas who later settled on the island with their families.

The precious mementoes

In the end, the last king of Kandy was overthrown, and the British became the sole rulers of the Kandyan Kingdom and with it the entire island. The valuable remnants of the kingdom such as the throne, sceptre and royal sword are on display at the National Museum in Colombo.

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Kandy Culture – A Unique Vacation Experience!

Known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy is a city that has a high historical significance. The region is home to a number of remarkable buildings, religious monuments and everything that shows that the city has a rich cultural background. Read on to know more.

The people

Kandy is one of the most developed cities in the country and people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds live synonymously here. You can witness the vibrancy of its culture by interacting with its people. They are also very kind and friendly. Since Kandy is a populated city, remember that it will be crowded during festival seasons and during the Esala Perahera which takes place during the month of July and August.

Dalada Maligawa

Dalada Maligawa is the place where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is kept. Once the palace of the Kandyan kings, it has now been converted to a temple and it is certainly one of the most popular attractions in the country and you should visit here during your time in Kandy.

Esala Perahera

Esala Perahera is also known as the festival of the tooth relic is an extravagant festival that takes place during the month of July and August. If you are eager to witness the culture of Kandy this is the best attraction to beat. The festival features processions that will have a fire, whip and Kandyan dances, elephants adorned with lavish and colourful garments and ornaments.

Accommodation options

There are a number of Kandy hotels where you could plan your stay. Resort properties the likes of Earl’s Regency also gives you easy access to the city while providing your with cosy accommodations to unwind and relax.

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Things to remember

Since the city has a number of religious monuments and is a pilgrimage destination, you should dress modestly. If you are a couple, refrain from showing acts of affection in public places. Also, remember that there are restrictions placed on taking photographs in temple premises.

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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy – a truly Sri Lankan experience

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa

Koshy Koshy from Faridabad, Haryana, India, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, CC BY 2.0

Located in the central province of Sri Lanka is the beautiful city of Kandy the last kingdom of the beautiful island nation. Also renown as the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, this city is loved by both locals and foreigners alike. The lush green mountains, the soothing climate and the beautiful centrepiece of the city; the Kandy lake are some of the reasons that people tend to fall in love with this city. The rich culture in the area which is still preserved and the many sacred Buddhist sites located within the city is another reason for the endless crowd to visit Kandy. Tours to Sri Lanka can be organised easily by the many travel partners available in the country. Connaissance de Ceylan is one such organiser that is reputed as a company that provides personalised travel plans.

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Apart from this, there are many cultural museums and religious shrines in the premises where you could learn a lot. Even the carvings of the frames and pillars here would shout out a story that would explain the culture, beliefs and life of the Sri Lankans hundreds of years ago.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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