Kandy is surrounded by lush green hills, thus not surprisingly there are a numerous places from which to gain commanding views over the city, lake and Tooth Temple. There are nice panoramic views from the south, east, north and west of the Kandy lake and even from the city centre:
The Senani restaurant is the most obvious panoramic view point to the south of the Kandy Lake and one of the best spots in Kandy at all. It is even better than the viewpoint on the nearby Rajapihilla Mawatha, which is visited by busloads because of its unbeatable perspective over the lake to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic behind it.
The so-called “Slightly Chilled Lounge” behind the Tooth Temple serves up great Asian food and offers another excellent view. It is located at the Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha leading to the Victoria Lake and Mahiyangana. Further uphill there are some hotels with perfect views to the Kandy valley, too, for example the Hotel Kandy View.
Visitors of Kandy’s jungle area called Udawatekale can also reach view points just behind the Tooth Temple but with a much better view to the city centre.
Climbing the Bahirawakanda hill and the giant Buddha statue of the same name on top of it, you will have a quite different perspective and can even enjoy the view to the surrounding mountains in the south and behind the Mahaweli river.
In Kandy downtown, the Hotel Casamara has a top-floor bar with a very nice panorama, where you can have a cup of tea or some short-eats. The view of Kandy is different from here, much more lively, because you’re in the middle of the busy city.
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