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Review of Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake
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Private Tour: Kandy Day Tour from Colombo
Ranked #4 of 77 things to do in Kandy
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Make sure you take a walk by Kandy Lake. We were there late October. The breeze and the view are very special.

Visited October 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Calm and beautiful”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The Kandy Lake is an artificial lake built for the city. It is very relaxing to take a stroll next to it. Nothing extraordinary but worth spending some time there.

Visited October 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Kandy Lake”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

It's a nice looking lake - some nice bird life and best viewed in the evening from the hill behind and above Kandy.

Visited September 2012
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Breath taking view”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Is a manmade lake created in 1807 by the last Sinhalese king of Kandy, using forced labour. The king used land which was paddy field to create the lake. It stands as an indictment of the excesses of the Kandyan monarchy for wasting away national resources to built an ornamental lake at a time when the kingdom was under serious threat.

When a hundred of his advisors advised King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe against building the lake, he had them impaled on the reservoir bund of the paddy field which he was converting into the ornamental lake. It was not long before the British captured him, with help from his own noblemen disgruntled by his irrational policies.

Kandy Lake has a perimeter of 2.1 miles and a maximum depth of 60 feet. A decorative wall, called Walakulu wall, runs for 2060 feet along the banks of the Kandy Lake. In the middle of the lake is an island housing the Royal Summer House. Sri Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Tooth Relic, is located beside the lake across the road. On the opposite side of the road from the Temple of the Tooth Relic is the Royal Bathhouse, which is used by the king's wives and concubines as a bathhouse. The British added one more storey to the structure to house a library.

Peace full surroundings and breath taking view one must visit.

Visited November 2011
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London
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“Pretty”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Although we didn't get the chance to spend much time on the lake, it is a beautiful centrepiece to the city and worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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