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Uploaded on Aug 17, 2009

KANDY SRI LANKA14:54 - 2 years ago
Kandy (கண்டி in Tamil) is a city in the centre of Sri Lanka. It is the capital of Central Province and Kandy District. It lies in the midst of hills of rare vegetal species. The Kandy Valley crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. The small city of Kandy, located 500 m above sea level, is filled with trees. Its plan developed around two open spaces: an elongated square at the end of which are the administration buildings of the old capital, and an artificial lake that is quadrangular in form. A public garden adds to the openness of the city's spatial organisation. On the north shore of the lake, which is enclosed by a parapet of white stone dating to the beginning of the 19th century, are the city's official religious monuments, including the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth, known as the Dalada Maligawa. Reconstructed in the 18th century, the Dalada Maligawa is built on a base of granite that was inspired by the temples of Sri Lanka's former capital city, Anuradhapura. An array of materials - limestone, marble, sculpted wood, ivory, etc. - contribute to the richness of this temple. Throughout this small but holy city, a number of recent Buddhist monasteries can be found. Kandy has now grown out to encompass Peradeniya, home to the University of Peradeniya and the Botanical Gardens, Katugastota to the north, and east to Kundasale, Tennekumbura and Gurudeniya. Kandy is a Sinhalese majority city; although other ethnic groups do reside, such as the large presence of Moors in areas such as Tennekumbura and due to historical reasons such as the Moors settling in the upland valley areas. There are also a sizeable minority of Tamils living in Kandy. Kandy is also popular because of the annual festival known as the "Esala Maha Perahera" in which the tooth relic of Buddha is taken in a grand procession through the streets of the city. The tooth relic is taken on a royal tusker. The procession includes traditional dancers and drummers, flag bearers of the provinces of the old Kandyan kingdom, the Nilames(temple custodians) wearing their traditional dresses, torch bearers and also the grandly attired elephant. This ceremony which is annually held in the month of July, attracts large crowds from all parts of the country and also many foreign tourists. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandy Kandy (கண்டி in Tamil) is a city in the centre of Sri Lanka. It is the capital of Central Province and Kandy District. It lies in the midst of hills of rare vegetal species. The Kandy Valley crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. The small city of Kandy, located 500 m above sea level, is filled with trees. Its plan developed around two open spaces: an elongated square at the end of which are the administration buildings of the old capital, and an artificial lake that is quadrangular in form. A public garden adds to the openness of the city's spatial organisation. On the north shore of the lake, which is enclosed by a parapet of white stone dating to the beginning of the 19th century, are the city's official religious monuments, including the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth, known as the Dalada Maligawa. Reconstructed in the 18th century, the Dalada Maligawa is built on a base of granite that was inspired by the temples of Sri Lanka's former capital city, Anuradhapura. An arra...all » Kandy (கண்டி in Tamil) is a city in the centre of Sri Lanka. It is the capital of Central Province and Kandy District. It lies in the midst of hills of rare vegetal species. The Kandy Valley crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. The small city of Kandy, located 500 m above sea level, is filled with trees. Its plan developed around two open spaces: an elongated square at the end of which are the administration buildings of the old capital, and an artificial lake that is quadrangular in form. A public garden adds to the openness of the city's spatial organisation. On the north shore of the lake, which is enclosed by a parapet of white stone dating to the beginning of the 19th century, are the city's official religious monuments, including the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth, known as the Dalada Maligawa. Reconstructed in the 18th century, the Dalada Maligawa is built on a base of granite that was inspired by the temples of Sri Lanka's former capital city, Anuradhapura. An array of materials - limestone, marble, sculpted wood, ivory, etc. - contribute to the richness of this temple. Throughout this small but holy city, a number of recent Buddhist monasteries can be found. Kandy has now grown out to encompass Peradeniya, home to the University of Peradeniya and the Botanical Gardens, Katugastota to the north, and east to Kundasale, ... SEE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandy

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