kandy lake
The Sea Of Milk


Kandy Lake, also known as the Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is a man-made lake located in the heart of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, it is considered one of the most iconic landmarks in the city and a popular tourist attraction. With a circumference of 2.1 miles, it is surrounded by lush greenery and is home to an array of fish, birds, and other aquatic creatures.

The lake is best viewed at dawn or dusk when the serene waters are illuminated by the warm glow of the setting sun. Visitors can explore the lake on foot by taking a leisurely stroll along the perimeter, or opt for a scenic boat ride to get a closer look at the abundant wildlife.

Kandy Lake also holds significant cultural and religious significance to the local community, with multiple temples and shrines lining its shores. The famous Temple of the Tooth, which houses the sacred relic of the Buddha’s tooth, can be found adjacent to the lake. Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, Kandy Lake has something for everyone.

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Useful Tips

  • The best time to visit the garden is between 7:30 am to 10:30 am or from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm as it can be quite hot and crowded during the day.
  • The entrance fee for the garden is Rs. 1500 for foreigners and Rs. 100 for locals.
  • Some of the top attractions in the garden include the giant Javan fig tree, Orchid House, Spice Garden, and the suspension bridge.
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