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In the heart of Sri Lanka, not far from Colombo, tourists will find the marvelous city of Kandy. The settlement is situated close to the bank of the Mahaweli Ganga River. This city is an ideal destination for an unforgettable vacation thanks to its always pleasant and fresh air. Kandy is truly a cultural capital of the island, and its local people still cherish their historic heritage and Buddhist values. The city’s population tries to maintain the centuries-old traditions and is very sad about the impact of the modern culture on the image of “an honest Kandy resident” that slowly disappears. Despite this fact, the city doesn’t lose its glorious look and attracts many tourists every year. This city appeared soon after the arrival of the Portuguese explorers in the 14th century. Having reached the southern side of Ceylon, the Portuguese started colonizing the island. Local people were not skilled warriors and their weapons were more primitive than the equipment of Europeans, so they had no chance resisting the invaders. After that, King Vikramabahu took all historical and religious artifacts he had and headed deeper into the island. When he reached impenetrable jungles, the king ordered to build a new town. He strategically chose an area where nature itself could protect the settlement from invaders. The Portuguese remained rulers on Ceylon for more than two centuries but they couldn’t defeat and conquer the Sinhalese kings. The indigenous people … Read further

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Do you want to see the largest botanical garden in Asia? This garden is located not far from Kandy. Known as the Royal Botanical Garden, this beautiful place occupies an area of sixty hectares. Needless to say, the garden is home to a great number of various plants. There are typical species of the island such as the orchid and the memorial fig tree planted by Edward VII, the Ceylon ironwood brought by Nikolai II … Open

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