I visited the Kandy Lake on my way back from Nuwara Eliya and spent some time walking around. I spotted a turtle resting in a tree end just above the water. Turtles are difficult to spot here in Kandy, especially in the wild. The Kandy Lake is a must-visit for any tourist.
A brief history of the Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake, also known as the Sea of Milk (Kiri Muhuda) is a man-made lake in the center of Kandy. It is said to have been constructed in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe adjacent to the Temple of the Tooth, and was dedicated in 1808. Throughout the years, it has shrunk in proportion to its surroundings. Several stories claim that the tiny island at its nexus was used for bathing by the king's harem and that it was linked to the palace via a hidden tunnel, according to one of them. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, drawing in both locals and visitors from all over the world, who are delighted to be able to feed the shoals of wild fish that wander the waters freely.