Devales

There are four Kandyan devales (special temples) to the gods who are followers of Buddha and protect Sri Lanka. Three of the four devalesNatha Devale, Pattini Devale and Vishnu Devale – are near the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, while Kataragama Devale is located in the heart of Kandy's shopping district.

Kandy For Children

Kandy isn't as obviously child-friendly as Sri Lanka's beaches and national parks, but there are a few sights and activities that'll keep little ones – and therefore you as well – happy and sane.

Renting a boat from Joy Motorboat Service for a putter about the lake and then hiring a tuk-tuk to buzz around the city streets is sure to delight. Children can burn off energy in the Udawattakelle Sanctuary and Peradeniya Botanic Gardens, and, with their elaborate costumes and fire eaters, Kandy's various dance shows will surely meet with approval. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic has enough exotica to capture the imagination of most children and there's also a surprisingly good children's play park at the eastern end of the lake.

Viharas

The principal viharas (Buddhist complexes) in Kandy have considerable importance – the high priests of the two best known, Malwatte and Asgiriya, are the most important in Sri Lanka. These viharas are the headquarters of two of the main nikayas (orders of monks). The Malwatte Maha Vihara is across the lake from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, while the Asgiriya Maha Vihara is northwest of the town centre. It has a large reclining Buddha image.