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Kandy golf courses

One of the many great things about playing golf in Kandy is you do not have to travel far from the city centre to enjoy a round of golf.  In fact, the top golf course in Kandy is located just 40 minutes away from the city and is called Victoria Golf and Country Resort.

Kandy is in the central province of Sri Lanka and is one of the largest cities in the country.  It lies in the hills of the Kandy plateau, making it a great place to enjoy a golf holiday.  However, when playing golf in Kandy you must try and make some time to the see the many Kandy attractions off the course.

Kandy is a beautiful region of Sri Lanka to play golf and the Victoria Golf and Country Resort is ranked as being the number one golf course in the country.

In contrast to some of the older golf courses in Sri Lanka, Victoria Golf and Country Resort is new, having been developed in the 1990’s.  The golf course and resort are laid out inside a former coconut plantation and you will struggle to find better views of the Kandy mountain ranges than from on the course itself.

The tree-clad hills roll in all directions from the golf course and you will not find a better setting for a round of golf anywhere in the world. 

The opening few holes feature a climb up to the fourth tee, where there are magnificent views of the Victoria Reservoir below.  However, despite being a short hole, you cannot afford to relax too much on the tee as the green is well-protected by rocks.

Bunkers are at a minimum, especially on the first four holes but with the trees framing the fairway and the undulating features of the land, they are unnecessary.  Having completed the 18th hole, there is no better place to relax then the clubhouse terrace, where you can enjoy some refreshment and continue to marvel over the Victoria Golf and Country Resort.

Kandy is home to one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world, the Temple of the Tooth Relic.  The temple was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988 and monks regularly visit to participate in rituals throughout the day.  Known locally as Sri Dalada Maligawa, it is situated in the royal palace complex and houses the relic of a buddha’s tooth.

One thing you simply cannot miss due to its size is the Kandy Lake.  The lake was created in 1807 and provides a peaceful, charming setting in the city.  There is small island in the middle of the lake which has had several uses over time and is currently used by the emperor`s personal harem.  The lake is a great place to spot local wildlife.

If you are happy to take a short trip outside Kandy you are rewarded with the lovely Peradeniya Botanic Garden.  This was once reserved for local royalty but is now open to the public.  You can stroll around the gardens and look at the many varieties of trees and plants and it’s a great place to spend a warm afternoon.

Finally, if you would like to see elephants you can take a short trip from Kandy to the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.  You can view the elephants walking around the large area and even have the chance to feed them for an additional fee.  It’s a great Kandy experience for animal lovers.

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