Sri dalada maligawa
Sri dalada maligawa houses the most important Buddhist relic i.e. a tooth of Buddha. This tooth is basically a symbol of sovereignty. During the era of kings, who so ever had the custody of the relic had the authority of the island. The one with the authority was basically the ruler of the island. This entire temple complex is a quintessential part of the kandyan royal palace. It is enveloped by a deep moat. All the tourists and the worshipers who come here are expected to wear clothes that cover their legs and shoulders. Before entering the shrine area one is expected to remove the shoes. Offering the flowers to the shrine is an important thing to do here. The museum here can also be visited.
Just a few miles away from Kandy is the Embekke devale. It is a historical temple that has been in existence sine the 14th century. The temple has a number of carved wooden pillars. When you observe the carvings carefully, you’ll notice that each of the pillars here have a different type of carving. Usually the carvings here showcase eagles wrestling men, dancing women and swans. These also depict our archaic Sinhala art. The roof of the temple itself has a number of striking features. This temple is definitely the most important sightseeing attraction of Nawalapitiya.
Lankatilake temple lies in the vicinity of the Embekke devale. A number of ancient paintings can be found in this temple. The building in itself is astonishing. Initially, the building had a four storied layout built on a rock. However now, it is just three storeyed structure. This temple is definitely an important place to see in Nawalapitiya.
Gadaladeniya temple has been in existence ever since the regime of ambekke and lankatilake. The temple is built on a rocky outcrop and is covered with a number of small pools. A moonstone can also be seen near the doorstep. Gadaladeniya temple is largely an archaic monastery that was found on the flat rock at diggala in the district of Kandy. The man behind the architecture of the temple was a South Indian. This very well justifies the South Indian design of the temple. The key shrine room has seated Buddha statue under a makara thorana as well as four standing images of Buddha. This is a great place to see in Sri Lanka.
Peradeniya Botanical gardens
Peradeniya Botanical gardens happen to be the best gardens in the whole world. Here you can fin the flowers bloomed in all 12 months that depict a beautiful colored picture. If you pass through the garden, you will find different types of massive tropicalized trees, colourful creepers, medicinal herbs and a range of Bamboo trees. A huge variety in roses and other flowers can also be found in the Botanical garden. There is no season where the flowers don’t bloom. In all 12 months, there is at least one flower or the other that is in its full bloom depending upon their maturing season. Peradeniya Botanical gardens basically is a little fairyland in itself. You can spot the world’s best orchid house here. Some 300 different varieties blossom here in the orchard. It is a great sightseeing attraction of the city.
Located just few miles away from Nawalapitiya, Devon Falls are a waterfall with a height of 97 meters. These falls have a number of bathing spots where you can enjoy taking a quick bath. However, you must avoid plunging in the water as there are deep places near the rocky streams.
Another waterfall located two miles away from Nawalapitiya is Laxapana Falls. It is the 8th largest waterfall in Sri Lanka. This falls is capable of generating electricity to the nearby towns of the region. This natural beauty simply cannot be missed.
St. Clair's falls
St. Clair’s Falls is known as the ‘little Niagara’ of Sri Lanka. This is one of six water falls that is affected by the upper kotmale hydropower project. The falls cascade over three rocks and post that it outcrops into a large pool while passing through the tea estate.
Kithulgala water rafting
One of the most important water sport that you can enjoy at Nawalapitiya is water rafting. The water here is mild and makes for a good rafting ground. Make sure you have your safety harness intact so that you don’t end up hurting yourself while rafting.
It is a silent, strange and a beautiful world in itself. An undulating plateau situated at a height of 2000 meter, the plain is covered by wild grasslands. It is also interspersed with the thick forests, filigree waterfalls, rocky outcrops and misty lakes. You can spot some sambar deers and leopards here. Bird watching is the most important activity of the region.