Interesting Facts about Kandy:

  • The name ‘Kandy’ initially derived from the Sinhalese word ‘Kanda Uda Rata’ which means ‘Land of the Mountain’. Upon colonialism, the Portuguese referred to this phrase as ‘Candea’ in short, hence leading to the pronunciation ‘Kandy’ over time.
  • The Kandy Lake isn’t a natural body of water: it’s man-made. Fishing and swimming are prohibited at this lake since it is considered to be highly sacred.
  • The sacred tooth relic of the Buddha that remains today at the Dalada Maligawa was smuggled by Princess Hemamali in 313 AD – in her hair!