Attractions and Activities

Victoria Dam

Just 30km to the observation unit of the dam from the Bungalow.

The Victoria dam is located in a deeply incised gorge in the Dumbare Valley, immediately downstream of the confluence of the River Mahaweli & the Hulu Ganga river in Teldeniya. It is a double curvature arch dam, 122m (400ft) high, & 507m (1663ft) long measured along the crest. Its design is said to be the most suitable for the geological conditions & terrain obtaining at Victoria. It has created a storage reservoir of 730 million cubic meters & a power capacity of 210 MW.

A unique feature of the Victoria dam is automatically opening spillway crest gates to water when the reservoir level rises beyond full supply level. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second & His Royal Highness Prince Philip visited the Victoria project site in October 1981.

Victoria Golf course

9km away from the Bungalow

The 18-hole championship golf course set in a 517-acre site by the Victoria reservoir was designed to USPGA specification by golf architect Donald Steel. Stately trees & avenues of coconut palms lend the course an air of maturity although it was established only in 1999. Impressive natural outcrops of rocks are a distinctive feature as well as a hazard of the course. The club house consists of changing rooms, showers, food service & golf shop

Knuckles Mountain range

35km away from the Bungalow

The Knuckles Mountain Range covers parts of Kandy and Matale districts and is separated from the Central Hills by the Mahaweli Valley to the South and East and the Matale Valley to the West.

The importance of the Knuckles Mountain Range is obtained from several factors. It has a parasitical quality to it because of the mountain peaks, the crystal clear and perennial waterways, cloud forests and exquisite fauna and flora. Pregnant with history running into several millennia and a veritable treasure house of cultural heritage, the Knuckles Mountain Range can be considered a as a mirror to the past.

Knuckles mountain range and forest reserve is a A world famous destination for hiking, trekking, bird watching, camping and many other adventure activities.

Meemure Village

57km away from the Bungalow

A Visit to meemure village offers guests an opportunity to experience what it is like to live in the ancient isolated village of Meemure. The village is located near the border between Kandy District and Matale District in the Knuckles Mountain Range, where the local people have maintained their traditional and cultural attitudes towards the forest's existence. They rely heavily on the forest for their survival and gain as much as 63% of their total income from the forest resources. Meemure is one of the most remote villages in Sri Lanka with the only access via a 14 km trail from the town of Loolwatte.

Kandy

Just 13km from the Bungalow

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. (115 kM from Colombo) and is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. It is both an administrative and religious city and is the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other ancient temples are located around the city and also called the cultural capital of Sri Lanka

Kandy is an ideal place for shopping, especially for traditional handicrafts. Shopping centers in Kandy offers a wide selection of handicrafts including batik works. Even the gems and jewelry shops maintain traditional practices and customs.

There are many attractions around Kandy.

The Temple of Tooth

Built by King Wimaladharmasooriya in the 16th century, the Temple of the Tooth (or Dalada Maligawa) contains the most sacred relic of Buddhism and the most precious symbol of Sinhalese pride. Guarded and venerated by the ancient kings, this sacred tooth was once feared to have been burnt by the Portuguese, only for these claims to be falsified soon afterwards. The best time to visit the temple is for the evening pujawa (ceremony). The traditional drum beats create an ambience of anticipation and mystery, which is rather fitting considering that the tooth itself, is never seen.

Kandy Lake

This lake was built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, the last king of Kandy. It has certainly enriched the beauty of the city and refreshes the mood of the visitor who walks by it.

The Royal Botanical Garden

Just 22km from the Bungalow

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the finest of its kind in Asia, the largest of the botanical gardens of Sri Lanka, couldn't be better located. In the Mediterranean climate of Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands, the Gardens, at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, were tightly bounded on three sides by a loop of River Mahaweli (Great sandy river), the largest river of Sri Lanka. It hosts more than 5000 varieties of plants and flowers and is considered one of the finest in Asia.

The town of Peradeniya is located at a distance of 110km from Colombo and another 6km over the Peradeniya Birdge and you are at Kandy, home to the sacred Temple of Tooth.

Hulu Ganga

The river which is 4km away from Digana Town

Nuweraeliya

Just 94km from the Bungalow

Nuwara Eliya is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka which is a 2 hour drive (93 KM) from Kandy Bungalow. The city name meaning is "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka

Water falls

There are seven falls located near to Kandy Bungalow namely St. Clair, Devon, Bakers, Bomburu Ella, Elgin, Aberdeen and Laxpana Falls.
St. Clair falls – 94 K.M from away Kandy Bungalow
Devon Falls – 84 K.M from away Kandy Bungalow
Bakers falls – (Inside Hortain Palins National Park – 120 K.M away from Kandy Bungalow
Bomburu Ella – 108 K.M away from Kandy Bungalow
Elgin Falls – 109 K.M away from Kandy Bungalow
Aberdeen Falls – 75 K.M away from Kandy Bungalow
Laxapana Falls - 88 K.M away from Kandy Bungalow.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Just 57km from the Bungalow

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northwest of Kegalle town and 57 K.M from Kandy in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.

The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Sigiriya

Just 94km from the Bungalow

Sigiriya is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka which is a 2 hour drive from Kandy (94 KM). The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka

Mahaweli River

The Mahaweli River is a 335 km (208 mi) long river, ranking as the longest river in Sri Lanka. Its drainage basin is the largest in the country, and covers almost one-fifth of the total area of the island. The river reaches the Bay of Bengal on the southwestern side of Trincomalee Bay. The bay includes the first of a number submarine canyon, making Trincomalee one of the finest deep-sea harbors in the world. The river and its tributaries are dammed at several locations to allow irrigation in the dry zone, with almost 1,000 km2 (386 sq mi) of land irrigated. Production of hydroelectricity from six dams of the Mahaweli system supplies more than 40% of Sri Lanka's electricity needs. One of the many sources of the river is the Kotmale Oya

There is a misconception in Sri Lanka that river Mahaweli starts from Sri Pada Mountain. River Mahaweli gets its initial waters from Hortain Plains in Kirigalpoththa and Thotupola mountain range.

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Just 4km from the Bungalow

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium also known as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium is one of the newest cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka and the newest in the city of Kandy. The stadium has been renamed as the Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy unanimously made the renaming decision to honor the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, an Antonian and Kandy native.

The stadium was declared opened on 27 November 2009. Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium became the 104th Test venue in the world in December 2010. The first Test was played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies from 1–5 December. The stadium is Sri Lanka's eighth Test venue. It is notable that the venue does not feature Muralitharan name on signage. It's a 10 minutes' drive from the Bungalow.