Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake

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About Kandy Lake

Flowing quietly amidst the bustling hill city of Kandy is the calm and collected waters of Kandy Lake. Reaching a depth of 60 feet and creating a perimeter of 2.1 miles, it’s said that the Kandy Lake has reduced in size over the past few years.

The Kandy Lake was built in 1807 by the last Sinhalese King of Kandy, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, who used manual labour to create this ornamental lake. Sitting inconspicuously in the middle of the lake is a tiny island called the Royal Summer House also used as King Rajasinha’s personal harem. Heralding this island house are water spurts from around the lake, joining to create a beautiful sight for its visitors.

According to local tales, many local chiefs opposed the Kandy Lake project initiated by the King and refused to provide man power to build it. It’s said that the displeased King had all of these people put to death in the lake bed. For all of its gruesome history the Kandy Lake today provides a pleasant atmosphere for those who visit the hill capital.

What can you see

  • Enjoy a leisurely stroll under the shady pathway provided by the Lake and watch the antics of the swans gliding across the water.
  • Visit a significant religious icon which stands tall near the lake and is known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
  • Step into a boat and take a ride around the lake. This can be arranged with the many boating services on the lake side.