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Kandy Lake is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, which is known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk. It was built in 1807 by King Wickrama Rajasinghe, next to the Temple of the Tooth. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned. There are numerous local legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its center was used by the king’s harem for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel.

You can walk the whole lake 30-40 minutes while talking photos of temples, birds, fish, and other reptiles. People usually do joggings, spend their evening leisure or walk around after dinner around the lake. There are also benches around the sidewalk. In the morning and the afternoon this sidewalk is busy and a bit crowded because of people coming to visit the tooth relic temple which is adjacent to the lake. It’s better to go there during sunset or after the temples closed. It’s quieter then and you will be able to appreciate the beauty of Kandy much more. People walking around the lake can buy food to feed the fish. There are plenty of ducks and geese on the lake, as well as water monitors. The boat ride would be a good experience as it costs around LKR 2500 and lasts for about 30 minutes, the boatman will be guiding the travellers, explaining about the historical sites around the lake overall.

A lake-side walk will give you a immeasurable sense of peace.


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