The beautiful cities you visit offer many unique attractions that a traveler can eventually explore, but most travelers usually get stuck in crowded and well-visited places. It’s nice to visit those popular sites, but why not visit one or two less typical places where you can have different experiences and come home with great memories of your trip?
Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second largest city, is surrounded by mountains and tea plantations. Kandy releases his own kind of charm. It is only 3 hours away from Colombo, therefore a favorite destination for travelers wishing to spend a day or two visiting its enchanting landscapes and religious sites. Many of Kandy’s best hotels are located close to the city and all attractions. While most travel guides mention the number of famous attractions, there are more notable places to be found outside the city in the suburban areas.
Kandy is popular for brass items. If you are interested in seeing how these beautiful pieces are made, the brass china village is worth a visit. In the same trip you can go through Gadaladeniya Temple, Ammbakke Devalaya and Lankathilaka Temple in the same area. The people of these small villages are very nice and talented in their craftsmanship. You can see them making oil lamps, sculptures and many other items. You don’t have to buy anything, but these items make great souvenirs to take home.
The gorgeous Alagalla mountains you pass before reaching Kandy are a paradise for adventure lovers. With an elevation of 3,600 feet above sea level, it is a lovely walk. Due to its height, the mountain offers magnificent panoramic views that are simply charming. The trail starts at the base of the mountain through a tea plantation and extends through moss covered forests and dense shrubs. Dense vegetation and rich flora will delight your eyes along the way. This can be a nice day trip as you can return to your hotel in the evening. But some travelers prefer to camp overnight mostly to watch the beautiful sunset and sunrise.
Finally, the streets of the charming villages around Kandy are lined with old houses, street food vendors, and souvenir vendors. You can visit those villages and stroll the old streets, enjoying fresh fruit or some local delicacies from the small shops in the village. Don’t forget to look up to see the beauty of the historic buildings!