Kandy ’s main attraction is the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Kandy’s Dalada Maligawa is a magnificent shrine, with decorative walls, moat, turrets,a golden roof and fine wood-work and its 16th – 19th century ambience remains vivid.
This temple, consecrated during the third and final visit of Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka, eight years after gaining enlightenment, is situated 7 miles from Colombo in the Gampaha District on the banks of the Kelaniya River. The Mahawansa records that the original Dagoba at Kelaniya enshrined a gem-studded throne on which the Buddha sat and preached.
This famous National Holiday Resort Complex containing several major tourist Hotels, Railway station, Post office, Bank, shopping Arcade, a Tourist Information Centre, and water based recreational activities, and an open air theatre showing folk and mask dancing. The East coast offers infinite possibilities for all kinds of water sports and underwater photography.
The many shipwrecks of the coast are a tempting challenge to the diver.
The frescoes on the walls and ceiling could be dated to the 15th - 18th centuries.