Arthur’s Seat (Kandy View Point) is a popular lookout point southwest of Kandy Lake, just past the Royal Palace Park (Wales Park). It is located on Rajapihilla Mawatha at 550 m (1,800 ft) above sea level. According to local folklore there was a bungalow owned by a Mr. Arthur, a British tea planter, situated above the lookout, who used to view Kandy by standing on a stone seat under a tree in front of his bungalow. The City’s Heritage Committee has resulted that the original stone seat being destroyed. The new viewing platform is a 35 m (115 ft) by 5 m (16 ft.) concrete deck with a symbolical seat made out of the original rock slab. The cost of the construction was LKR 6.474M, funded by the World Bank.
It provides a panoramic view across Kandy Lake, Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Royal Palace of Kandy and the city centre. Visitors who wants to get there could hire a Tuk Tuk (Three-wheeler) which won’t even cost LKR 100-LKR 150. If you are wish to travel by a vehicle, the parking spaces are available right near the view point.
This is a great place for a stunning view of the entire town and if you are a person who loves high views, taking photographs, watching the nature, then, this place is a must visit. Meanwhile, people could visit the Royal Palace Park and The Bahiravokanda Buddha Statue which is near the view point.