Evening over the City of Kandy

Evening over the City of Kandy by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

Spectacular even in the drizzly dusk, the Hill Capital is seen here with its lake in the foreground. The Kandy Lake was created in 1807, by the last Sri Lankan monarch, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, by flooding a broad swathe of paddy fields. The white Walakulu Bemma, or “Cloud Barrier”, the wall separating the lake from the city below it, is over 630m long, and forms a convenient promenade along the northern and western shores of the lake. The last of Sri Lanka’s ancient capitals, Kandy, unlike older cities such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, has never been abandoned to ruin, and has been continuously inhabited, its historic temples and palaces standing alongside Victorian hotels and administrative buildings, and modern malls and office blocks. Shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy, in October 2018.


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