VICTORIA GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT
The Victoria Golf and Country Resort is home to one of the most beautiful golf courses in Asia. The resort itself is a 500 acre estate nestled among the Victoria reservoir and the Knuckles mountain range and such is the location that it can be enjoyed by golfers and non golfers alike.
The 18 hole golf course was designed by British golf course architect, writer and former player Donald Steel and opened in 1999.
There are numerous other activities on offer including swimming, tennis and numerous nature trails. Accommodation options are plentiful and include villas, guest houses and stunning boutique hotels.
Things to see and do:
Visit the Elephant Haven, part of the UK run Leo Project en route to Kandy. Get up close and personal with elephants and learn how to feed and bathe them too
Check out the Temple of the Tooth, a stunning pilgrimage site where the relic of Buddha’s tooth is said to reside
Take a walk in the forbidden forest Udawattakele, just behind the Temple of the Tooth and apparently the only forest to border a city in the whole world! This once royal forest reserve is not so forbidden now but will cost you $6 to enter
For those visiting in July or August, check whether your trip to Kandy will coincide with the Kandy Perahera, which is held for ten days in the month of Esala. The Perahera festival includes parades, processions, decorated elephants, Kandyan dancers, Kandyan drums, along with a wealth of other cultural performances and is an amazing sight to see
Explore the romantic and peaceful Botanical Gardens for a quiet walk through some wonderfully attractive scenery
Visit the National Museum to learn more about Kandyan history
For an insight into the production of one of Sri Lanka's most famous commodities why not visit the Ceylon Tea Museum located 3 km outside of Kandy's city centre
Play a quick game of golf at the award winning Victoria golf club, which offers stunning fairways set amidst the knuckles mountain range and colonial club house
Things to do:
Take a short trip to Rekawa Beach, which all five of Sri Lanka’s sea turtles regularly visit to deposit their eggs. This is quite a rare and amazing site, and once the turtles begin their egg laying process they go into a trance that means you can get as close as you want to them without scaring them away
Visit Nilwala Cove, an enchanting area with a reef that provides surf out and safe swimming within
Just nearby at Kudawilla, the ferociously noisy Hoo Mania Blowhole spurts a spectacular 60ft high fountain of water for its cabaret in June. Villagers say that when the sea is rough it reaches a height of “three coconut trees”
This ancient and beautiful destination is high up in the mountains and is the second largest city in Sri Lanka. City life isn’t all that Kandy has going for it however. Surrounded by lush green mountain ranges and verdant tea fields, Kandy is a lovely city. Not only that, the city is literally dripping in history: Kandy was the last ruling place of the Sinhalese Kings and as such Kandyan culture and arts have become integral to Sri Lankan society. There are several excellent activities on offer in Kandy so it is well worth staying one or two days if you have the time.