Udawatta Kele Sanctuary
Despite being quite small in size and population, Kandy, with its constant beeping of horns, overzealous touts and relentless heat and humidity, can get a little intense at times. That’s why a stroll through Udawattakele forest reserve, situated behind the Temple of the Tooth Relic, is one of the best things to do in Kandy.
Once the king’s personal garden, Udawattakele is now an urban forest and wildlife sanctuary home to several species of mammals, reptiles, and other animals. There’s a hiking path within the sanctuary, which is about a 5km round trip.
While there are a few sights to see within the reserve, namely the water pond, the highest peak of Kodimale, Senkanda Cave, and several Buddhist temples, we enjoyed walking through the forest under the thick canopy, and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and experiencing tropical nature at its best.
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