Sri Lanka is divided into 9 provinces and 25 districts
|1||Central||Kandy||Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya|
|3||Settentrional||Jaffna||Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullativu|
|4||Oriental||Trincomalee||Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee|
|6||Meridional||Galle||Galle, Hambanthota, Matara|
|9||Occidental||Colombo||Colombo, Gampaha, Kaluthara|
Very little of the structure remains today which consisted of the Royal Court (Magul Maduwa) and the Temple of Tooth among other displays of architectural brilliance. Seeped in ancient history that’s seen the palace burned down and rebuilt a number of times, it has also witnessed sacred beliefs.
The Temple of Tooth is said to have a relic of Lord Buddha’s tooth. Popular belief had it, that whoever possessed the tooth
The name bears its origins to the words Pilima, meaning statues and Thalawa, meaning flat area in Sinhalese. The explanation is still debatable but popular belief does weigh in a bit towards this theory.
The town has gained fame over the years for its traditional brassware and Buddhist temples, which are considered extremely important around the area. The Embekka temple is also greatly significant to Pilimathalawa.Also called the Embekka Devalaya, this temple is dedicated to worshipping Mahasen and a local deity Devatha Bandara. This shrine has three parts which display extremely superior architecture using wooden carvings.
According to official records the initial signs of a botanical garden, being a part of the city’s outer precincts, can be traced back to as early as the 14th century. However, it was only after the British gained control of the region that the garden saw proper maintenance and beautification measures being taken. Earlier it was the site of a temple (built by King Wimala Dharma).
Orchids, medicinal plants and herbs as well as other decorative plants have been an integral part of this garden, adding on to its popularity
The Hanthana Mountain range and Knuckles Mountain range are significant topographical characteristics found in Kandy. While the former has been declared an environmental protection zone, the other consists of a series of folds which give it a knuckle shaped appearance.
The Hanthana Mountain range is made up of various peaks which make this mountain a high solid favourite of mountain hikers. At 3,800 feet above sea level, the mountain also has the University of Pe
Situated across the lake where the Temple of the tooth lies, the Malwathu Maha Viharaya is made of two complexes made for the residence of monks. The first complex, Uposatha Viharaya is also termed the Poyamalu Viharaya, while the second is the Pushparama Viharaya commonly called the Malwathu Viharaya, featuring today of a recently built octagon.
The older Poyamalu Viharaya is said to have been constructed in either the late 15th or early 16th century by King Senasammata Vikramabahu. It had a double storey ordination Hall (Uposathagaraya) together with a Dagaba or Caitya. Historical material suggests Vikramabahu built another 86 monasteries for monks from both the Malwathu and Asgi