Kandy Lake, Kandy

3.3
#2 of 23 in Nature in Central Province
Take a relaxing stroll along Kandy Lake, an artificial body of water surrounded by the Kandy hills and overlooked by a famous temple, said to house the tooth of Buddha. The lake was created in 1807 by the last king of Kandy, and features a small island in the middle, supposedly used as the king’s private bathing spot. Take a boat ride or a walk around the lake perimeter to enjoy the views of the city and the picturesque natural setting. For Kandy Lake and beyond, use our Kandy trip generator to get the most from your Kandy vacation.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The Kandy Lake is man made and is situated right outside the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. You can walk round it, in about 30 minutes or so, and despite the rather murky colour it has a lot of fish and ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This is a man made lake. It is quite big and impressive. Smells like home aquariums and hosts a lot of fish. We also saw a huge lizard and a turtle. Lots of great trees surround the lake. You will fin...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    A lovely lake to go for a wander and get into the hustle and bustle of Kandy. We had a great view of the parade from one side to the other  more »

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