20 September, 2020

Sweet Kandy Tooth

Sweet Kandy Tooth
I last visited Kandy almost 10 years ago. Most famous for its ‘Temple of the Tooth’, a golden pagoda housing a sacred relic of the Buddha, Kandy is a gentle, elegant and imperturbable city. The bomb blasts and the ugly face of ethnic conflict have not robbed the place of its gracious pace of life. Located in central Sri Lanka, at an elevation of about 1,600 feet, Kandy was the last Sinhala outpost of autonomy, resisting both Portuguese and Dutch rule before it succumbed to the British in 1818. The artificial lake, which dominates the landscape of the city, was built by its last king in 1806. Set around low, forested hills, with the Mahaweli river flowing nearby, the landscape has an intense yet tranquil beauty. The University of Peradiniya and the Royal Botanical gardens skirt the city; the campus is alive with ancient trees, while the gardens where The Bridge on the River Kwai was shot has a carefully nurtured bio-versatility. The Daladada Maligawa, where the tooth-relic is preserved, has an annual torchlight procession of regal elephants and dancers which bring the past...


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