Lake of Excess
Kandy’s lake, the Kiri Muhuda, or Sea of Milk, was completed in 1812, by drowning a vast tract of paddy fields that lay before the city. Designed by Deveda Moolacharya, under the command of Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe, the last king of Kandy, the lake was a controversial construction at the time; seen as a waste of resources by many, at a time when the Kandyan Kingdom was at war with the British Empire. When a hundred of his advisors voiced their opposition to the building of the lake, the king had them all impaled along the lake bund. Today, the lake is a popular tourist attraction, and a proud landmark for Kandyans, but still symbolises the excesses of the Kandyan monarchy. Two years after the completion of the lake, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe’s nobles rebelled, and the kingdom fell to the British. The king was captured and exiled to India.
The small islet held a summer house, and is believed to have been used by the king’s harem for bathing, with a secret tunnel connecting it to the palace.
Shot in March 2017.