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Rice terrace near Kandy. Scanned from a negative.

partly from Wikipdia and MySriLanka.com
The city of Kandy lies in the center of the island. It was the capitol of last generation of Sri Lanka`s kings until it fell in to the hands of British in 1815. Kandy was originally known as Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. Many of Sinhalese people call it Mahanuwara meaning the "Great City. But the name Kandy was derived from the word Kanda, which means mountain. Due to its geographical location Kandy was not an easy target for the foreign invaders who could gain the control of coastal area of the island.

Thus Kandyan culture was abler to foster and maintain its own social structure, mode of living, Art & Architecture. The kings of Kandy ensured the safety and sovereignty of the hill capitol and its great culture until the British finally captured the city in 1815. The royal palace in Senkadagala was built by King Vikramabahu the 3rd of Gampola on the advice of a Brahmin who selected the site as a lucky ground for a Capital city. The first king to ascended the throne of Senkadagala was Sena Sammata Wickramabahu.

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