The views around Kandy Lake are worth seeing. I recommend you walk around the lake and just enjoy it leisurely. Stop in sone nearby cafe or under a shed if you needed to. Strolling around was actually kind of therapeutic to me after a whirlwind of sightseeing days before I arrived here. On my second day in Kandy, I had a whole morning free so I used the time to stroll around Kandy Lake.
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After the early visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, I told my driver I’d spend the rest of the morning strolling. He was okay with it and told me where to meet him afterwards.
Kandy Lake is a man-made lake that was built in 1807 to beautify the the country’s most sacred Buddhist temple.
The good thing is that, for those who want to walk around, there are massive trees that they can count on for shade when the sun is unforgiving.
The lake is massive (for non-hiker)s so you don’t need to circle it fully. There are also other small temples around the lake which you are welcome to visit.
If you like to buy some souvenirs, don’t buy from the shops near the temple. Walk a bit farther where the price is cheaper.
Take a leisurely walk. Don’t hurry yourself. Enjoy and observe how the locals go on their daily life/businesses.
I stayed at Kandyan View Holiday Bungalow located on top of a hill where my room is partly overlooking the city. I also had a nice veranda attached to the room. It’s clean and pretty modern with all the basic amenities, including a hot shower. It’s a good place to stay if you have a driver with you because it’s not accessible via public transport. If you want to stay downtown, you can choose some of the affordable options available here. You can book accommodations from Booking, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and HostelWorld.