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Raja Museum - Kandy , Sri Lanka

Raja was a tusker.  He was in the Temple of the Tooth Relic Sri Lanka and served the temple to carry the Sacred Tooth Relic Casket. Raja served the temple for more than half century before he passed away. His body is preserved and the Raja Museum is dedicated for him for his service as the great tusker for the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Raja Museum-Kandy-Sri-Lanka
Raja – The Great Tusker (1913-1988 )

His dead skin and tusks are preserved and prepared to look like the real elephant/tusker and placed in Raja Museum.

Raja Museum is located behind the Temple of the Tooth Relic in a small building. Most of the people who visit the temple visit this museum in order to see Raja and to pay honor for his service to the Temple.

Raja Museum-Kandy-Sri-Lanka
We visited this museum during our recent Kandy road trip and found most of the interesting details of the Tusker.

Raja Museum-Kandy-Sri-Lanka
Photos of Raja

His photos and other stuffs he used are placed there and it is worth to pay a visit.

Read the story/history of Raja in wikipedia.

Location: Behind the Temple of the Tooth Relic adjacent to the Royal Palace.

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Flowers from Sri Lanka

This is another beautiful flower which we find commonly in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately I am not sure about its English name or botanical name. In Sri Lanka we call these flowers as ‘Gini Kuuru Mal’. Usually these are grown as small vines and we can see lot of tiny single flowers in the plant. Bright red colour is so attractive and these flowers can create any garden so beautiful.

Gini Kuuru Mal
Sri Lanka Flowers – Gini Kuuru Mal

I usually like to feature Sri Lanka flowers in this blog.Each of my holiday in Sri Lanka give me the opportunity capture lot of common Sri Lanka flowers,but some times it is difficult to find the English name or botanical name.

Sri Lanka Flowers- Gini Kuuru Mal
Sri Lanka Flowers

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Red Weaver Ants Nest

These Red Weaver Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) are a common sight in Sri Lanka and I came across them building a nest when I was in Sri Lanka in October for a holiday. In Sri Lanka we call these nests of Red Weaver Ants as ‘Dimi Gotu’. And if you have such experience, you should know how painful if any of this weaver ant bite you.

They fold down the leaves of this Ixora plant to make their nest. With their own sticky substance these Red Weaver Ants are clever enough to glue the leaves from the selected plant and create a beautiful nest for them.

Red Weaver Ants
Busy Red Weaver Ants

It is really interesting to see how they work together to build their nest or colony using all their strength, sometimes creating a bridge using their bodies in order to make the nest strong and without the gaps.

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National Railway Museum - Kadugannawa - Sri Lanka

These are some photos of the National Railway Museum which is located in Kadugannawa,Sri Lanka.We actually didn’t get the chance to visit the Railway museum and see the exhibits.Instead these are captures of the railway engines which are kept at the outside of the museum.I still wish to visit this place in our next holiday to Sri Lanka and hope to write another detailed post about our experiences.Till that hope these pictures will inspire you to visit the National Railway Museum of Kadugannawa if you visit along the Colombo Kandy road.

National Railway Museum - Kadugannawa - Sri Lanka
National Railway Museum- Kadugannawa

If you travel Kandy through Colombo Kandy road,then this railway museum is located at Kadugannwa railway station.A good attraction for both young and adults and we hope to visit it and see all the exhibits in our next Kandy trip.

National Railway Museum - Kadugannawa - Sri Lanka
National Railway Museum – Kadugannawa,Sri Lanka

These are some of the views captured from outside of Sri Lanka National Railway Museum-Kadugannawa.

National Railway Museum Kadugannawa
Views from Sri Lanka National Railway Museum-Kadugannawa

Do you like Railway museums?Have you been to Sri Lanka? Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is another attraction along the Colombo Kandy road which you should check!

Kandy Lake - Sri Lanka

We were lucky enough to watch sunset over the Kandy Lake when we were returning from the Temple of the tooth Relic. The sky was stunning and amazing with beautiful colours. Actually these sky colours changed fast making beautiful views for all those who were looking at the sky. It was beautiful to see both the sky and the people who were looking at the sky.

Sunset-over-Kandy Lake - Sri Lanka

Sky was making beautiful paintings with different colours. Truly it was a beautiful sunset. Most of the people around were busy with their cameras. So, it was same with me too.

Kandy Lake - Sri Lanka
Captured these sunset pictures over the Kandy lake during our recent Sri Lanka holiday which we visited Kandy Tooth Relic Temple. Kandy Lake is in front of the Tooth Relic Temple which is one of the major attractions to anyone who visit Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Kandy Lake - Sri Lanka

Kandy Lake which is also known as ‘Bogambara Wawa’ is built in 1807 by the last king of Sri Lanka, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. Inside this Lake, there is a small island. If you check clearly, you will see the palm trees in these photos and those are in the small island of the Kandy Lake.

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Kandy Tooth Relic Temple or Sri Dalada Maligawa is one of the sacred places for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. It is also a must visit attraction of Sri Lanka for anyone who travel Sri Lanka. I was sharing our travelogue of Road Trip to Kandy and still there are few posts to share. I really hope this post series is not so boring and still you like to read these travel stories from Sri Lanka.

Anyway, we reached Kandy through mountain views and spent time in Historical Restaurant before we visited Kandy Tooth Relic Temple. I’ve been here many times, but I still like to visit this temple again.

Temple of the Tooth relic-Kandy

The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

The sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is placed in this temple and therefore it is a most venerated Buddhist places in Sri Lanka. However, you cannot see the tooth relic when you visit the temple. It is protected and it is inside a golden casket. You will only see the casket. For that also you need to visit the temple for special time. But, once a year there will be a parade (Asala Perahara) and the sacred tooth relic is taken out from the temple.

Temple of the Tooth relic-Kandy
Ambarawa-Tunnel to Sri Dalada Maligawa

We entered to the temple and walked through ‘Ambarawa’ which is a tunnel of around 29 feet long. This tunnel is with beautiful paintings and the upper part is painted and decorated with lotus flowers.(paintings)

Temple of the Tooth relic-Kandy


We entered into the shrine and offered flowers. Usually Buddhists offer flowers to Lord Buddha, so we follow the same practice.

Temple of the Tooth relic-KandyAfter spending time in the temple and after worshiping, we visited around the temple.

Legendary say that Sri Lankans received the sacred of tooth relic from India after Lord Buddha passed away.(Parinirwana). Princess Hemamali & Prince Dantha brought the sacred tooth relic from India and finally ended up in Kandy after several kingdoms. This painting shows Princess Hemamali & Prince Dantha’ s visit to Sri Lanka.

Temple of the Tooth relic-Kandy
Painting of Princess Hemamali & Prince Dantha’ s visit to Sri Lanka

Below is a photo of new temple/new shrine.This shrine is also called as ‘Aluth Maligawa‘ and we usually visit this temple after visiting the main shrine.

Temple of the Tooth relic-Kandy
New Shrine (Aluth Maligawa )-Kandy

When we come out from the Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) ,it was almost evening.Below capture shows how beautiful and calm the view over sunset.

Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa-Kandy,Sri Lanka

Before leaving the Tooth Relic Temple,we visited the Museum Of Raja Tusker,I hope to share the photos in another post.

Anyway,we captured few photos of outside view of ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa‘ and it was beautiful with moody looks of the sky.


Kandy-Dalada-MaligawaBelow is the statue of Great Anagarika Dharmapala.He is one of the Sri Lankan heros who dedicated his life entirely for Sri Lankans and Buddhists.

anagarika dharmapala statue kandy
Statue of Great Anagarika Dharmapala-Kandy

Finally,we watched sunset over the Kandy Lake.It was amazing.We watched the changes of sky into different colours which was a magical moment.

Kandy Lake-sunset

All those photos are for another post!We had a great time there and still the memories are wonderful!

Note: You also need to wear appropriate clothes before entering the Temple of the Tooth Relic.Read this post about things you should know before visiting Buddhist Temples and Monasteries for some understanding on how to prepare for a Buddhist temple visit.




After we reached Kandy, and before worshiping the Temple of the Tooth Relic, we wanted to have some food. It was almost around 3 pm. We couldn’t find a proper place for a quick snack and finally found the History Restaurant.

Located in Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, the ground floor of the same building is a popular place for quick snacks. We’ve been there before for breads and buns. Once we reached the bread shop as before, we noticed this themed restaurant in the upper floor and also we noticed that they serve lunch. With a sudden change of mind to have lunch instead of quick snack (actually I want to see this theme restaurant), we peeked into the History Restaurant.

 History Restaurant-Kandy,Sri Lanka

We didn’t disappoint with the view and arrangements of the History Restaurant. But, we were disappointed because no lunch is served at that time. So, we had to order food from their menu.

Well, ordering food and the menu is for later of this post. This is all about its interior.

This History Restaurant is a quiet and calm place with dim lights. The walls were full of vintage items and photos of 1800s of Sri Lanka. Most of the photos were of Kandy city. Till we get our food, we checked all the photos. It was like a visit to an art gallery. Nicely arranged interior and walls for anyone who loves to know a bit of Sri Lanka’s history at a glance.

Walk Back to 1800s of Sri Lanka
A Photo Wall

Walk Back to 1800s of Sri Lanka with these photos 🙂

The Temple of the Tooth Relic in 1875






A photo walk to 1900s of Sri Lanka.




Other than the photos of 1800s and 1900s,we also found some vintage items such as feeder,soap packets and even some cheque books!

A half size feeder bottle
Soap packets and covers


Cheque books from 1900’s

Staff was friendly. At that time, there were 2-3 visitors inside. So, we had a quite relaxing time walking around, taking photos and enjoying some old pictures.

Friendly staff and beautiful interior.

They offer a special Sri Lankan buffet on weekends. As per them, lunch is also served as ‘Rice & Curry’.(Sri Lankan food).But surprisingly, in their menu, we couldn’t find any Sri Lankan dish. As I remember, there were some Chinese and Indian dishes for a quick order. With our point of view, that doesn’t go with the theme of the restaurant. It is nice if we could enjoy some Sri Lankan dishes while enjoying the views of historical Sri Lanka.


Anyway, we ordered some fried rice and had a quick meal after viewing all the photos and exhibits. It was of average taste. There’s nothing special to mention. But, I heard one of the staff was saying that they do not use any food flavor or MSG in their kitchen. That’s something to admire when considering the healthy factor.

After spending around one hour in this History restaurant,then we headed to the Tooth Relic Temple which I am planning to share in my next post about the road trip to Kandy.

History Restaurant

Location: 27A Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Well,I didn’t get any good title for this photo,so I simply named this as ‘Road View’during our recent Sri Lanka holiday,we enjoyed few road trips to different places in Sri Lanka.One such trip was from Colombo to Mahiyanganaya.I captured this photo on our way to Mahiyanganaya(Sri Lanka) from Girandurukotte(Sri Lanka). The road was very clear,there were no much people.There were trees in road sides and completely it was a stunning look.

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Temple-of Tooth-Relic

A good road trip is always a memorable one. There is nothing like a memorable and enjoyable road trip. When driving through hilly mountainous area, among lush green trees, through historical places, there are always many memories and happy moments to add to the life.

Last week I shared a post about our recent Kandy tour. So, I thought of sharing the part 2 of the same road trip to Kandy, this week. Once we reached Kadugannawa town, we found the new addition, which is a railway museum. After having a glance at the railway museum, we started our trip towards Kandy. It was still raining. I really didn’t like that, because we were in our last few days of Sri Lanka holiday. Due to heavy rain, we even couldn’t visit these interesting places such as Railway museum, which we found along the Kandy road.

Railway Museum-Kadugannawa,Sri Lanka

After passing Kadugannwa, the next town we reached is ‘Pilimathalawa’.Near this area, there is another interesting place which anyone can see. But, I know as this is free and as this place is along the road, most of the travellers don’t pay much attention to it. Even no one bothers to pay a visit. It is same with us too. It is the highway museum of Sri Lanka. In this highway museum, we can see many of road construction equipment and machineries which were used in old days. Actually it is an interesting place to pay a visit. Well, we couldn’t visit on our way to Kandy, but we stopped there when we return back to home.

A road roller at the Highway Museum-Kiribathkumbura,Sri Lanka

Well, after passing the small town, Pilimathalawa, the next town we reached is ‘Peradeniya’.A place which we have lot of memories. Peradeniya is a town which ‘University of Peradeniya’ is located and it is one of the best universities of Sri Lanka. Even I graduated from there. So, we are bit familiar with the town and with some of the memories, we continued to Kandy city.

Road along Gannoruwa

View of ‘Hanthana Mountain’ said we are reaching Kandy. We can’t talk about Kandy without talking this beautiful mountain. The mountain which you can see in above and below pictures is “Hanthana’ and it is a sign that we are reaching Kandy city.

Passing Gannoruwa Bridge

We reached ‘Gannoruwa’ where there are Agriculture farms around. The Buddha stupa in a side of the road is one of the major landmark in this location

Gannoruwa-Sri Lanka
The Buddhist stupa located just after the Gannoruwa Bridge

Well,we are still driving towards Kandy.Hope you are not bored at looking at the photos we captured during the tour to Kandy.Now we are almost in Kandy.We saw the large Buddha Statue in Kandy City.

Statue of Lord Buddha in Kandy City

We reached the sacred city of Sri Lanka. It was congested with heavy traffic as it was school time. If you visit Sri Lanka, you have to expect such traffic congestion. Not easy to avoid.

First Views of Kandy Town
Buddha Statue at Kandy City
Road Trip to Kandy
Views of the roads and surroundings
Road Trip to Kandy
In Kandy,still you can see colonial style buildings.
Kandy Lake
Driving around the Kandy Lake
We are reaching the Temple of the Tooth Relic

Finally,we reached Kandy.We were really hungry.We wanted to have our lunch before we visit Kandy Tooth Relic Temple.

History Restaurant-Kandy
At the History Restaurant-Kandy
We had lunch at the History Restaurant-Kandy
Temple-of Tooth-Relic
Finally we visited The Temple of Tooth Relic-Kandy

If you travel through Colombo-Kandy Road towards Kandy,there are lot of popular attractions to see in Kandy.Kandy Tooth Relic Temple and the Kandy Lake are among those.

Places and attractions to see around Kandy Tooth Relic Temple

Kandy tooth relic Temple is the major attraction.However,there are some attractions that you must not miss.

Some of those are,

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Sunset at Kandy Lake-Sri Lanka
  • Archaeological Museum Kandy-This museum is located adjacent to the Tooth Relic Temple.It is behind the temple.Pay a visit and see how it was Sri Lanka in early days.(Located in the Royal Palace)
Archeological Museum Kandy-Sri Lanka
  • Raja Museum – Raja, was the great tusker who carried the Sacred Relic Casket during special ceremonies for more than half a century. After his death, he is honored by preserving the dead animal’s skin and tusks. The museum of him is located in a small building next to the Royal Palace.(Archeological Museum)
  • Devala and Bodhi Tree infront of the Tooth Relic Temple-Most people miss visiting this place.This time we visited this temple complex and I will share photos in another post.
  • Also don’t forget to see the historical places and attractions along the Kandy Road.I only shared few of those in these two posts.There are lot more to see.

Our road trip to Kandy was really memorable.Although it was raining,we could visit attractions and could spent more time in Kandy.There are lot more photos to share in future posts.

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I was on a holiday in Sri Lanka and could spend sometime capturing beautiful flowers.Once I shared few photos of this same flower.But,still these are beautiful for a hobby photographer like me though I don’t use much of techniques to capture flowers.

Sri-lanka-flowers-2Here is another close capture,but it came out bit blurr….


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