Kandy Lake – The Ultimate Landmark

Hi guys, hope you are doing well. Today I am going to take you to Kandy. I’m sure you all know about ‘Dalada Maligawa’ (The Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic). But, I’m not going to talk about Dalada Maligawa today. I’m going to talk about the beautiful lake next to it, Kandy Lake.

Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic

Kandy Lake is also called as ‘Bogambara Lake’ commonly. Being situated in the heart of the city, Kandy Lake and Dalada Maligawa are the center of attractions of the city. Even though the lake is man-made, it is full of natural beauty. The lake is highly appreciated and visited by both local and foreign travellers.

Birds at Kandy Lake

Birds at Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake

History of Kandy Lake

Unlike the lakes and tanks in Anuradhapura, Kandy Lake does not have a very long history. It is built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1807 AC. The place was formally a paddy field. The cloud shaped wall around the lake is a unique feature of this Lake. It is called ‘Walakulu Bemma’ (Cloud Wall) in Sinhalese. You will find that wall around only a part of the lake. It is said that the king couldn’t finish it due to foreign invasions.

For more details on the history of the lake, refer Wikipedia.

Aquatic Birds

The lake adds much beauty and elegance to Kandy city. It is spread over a 6,544 m2 area. A lot of travellers love to walk around the lake (a long journey), including myself. And it is highly recommended to do that since it is a nice experience. There is a rich faunal diversity around the lake, especially birds. Further, you will come across lot of important and famous places of the city around the lake.

Birds at Kandy Lake


Aquatic Birds

Goose at Lake

Another interesting thing is, you can have boat rides on Kandy Lake. I guess there are several boat services around the lake. It will be a different experience. Both locals and foreigners seem to enjoy riding boats on the lake.

Boat Riding at Kandy Lake

Foreign Travellers

Kandy Lake

As I told you earlier also, Kandy Lake is situated in the heart of the city. And it can be seen from almost all the observation points in Kandy.

View of Kandy City from Bahirawa Kanda
(Sorry about the image quality. This is taken from a mobile phone.)

View of Kandy city from Udawatta Kele

  • View of Kandy Lake from Authur’s Seat

View of Kandy Lake from Authur's Seat

A Few more clicks around the lake…

Birds at Kandy Lake

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Aquatic Birds

Tree above lake

Kandy Lake

So, that is it about Kandy Lake. If you ever visit Kandy, make sure you take a walk around this place. I promise you will love it. See you in the next article.

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