Coffee Planters Fountain in Kandy – මහනුවර කෝපි වගාකරුවන්ගේ වතුරමල

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The fountain erected by the Coffee Planters in 1873 to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales to Kandy

The fountain erected by the Coffee Planters in 1873 to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales to Kandy

Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lanka, was declared as an world heritage city in 1988. With 2500 years of flourishing buddhist heritage and British architecture since 1815, it a city you will find little jewels everywhere you turn.

Walking pass the car park of Dalada Maligawa towards the Natha Devalaya, you will come across this beautifully crafted fountain reminiscent of the British architecture.

Before tea became one of the major agricultural products of the country, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was one of the biggest coffee producers of world.  The coffee production peaked in 1870 with over 275,000 acres being cultivated. When the Prince of Wales announced his plan to visit this hill city, the coffee planters of the country had built this fountain to commemorate this event.

The fountain built in form of a Coffee Flower  has been manufactured at the factory in Glasgow using the metal alloy pewter has been imported in parts. It has been assembled and completed in Kandy and activated for first time for the visit of the prince.

The plaque at the fountain reads ;

ERECTED BY
THE
COFFEE PLANTERS
OF CEYLON
IN COMMEMORATION
OF THE VISIT
OF
H.R.H.
THE PRINCE OF WALES
TO KANDY DECEMBER
1873

This fountain still remains in its original form and is used during ceremonies in Kandy. During the annual Esala Perahera this becomes one of the main water sources for the numerous elephants in the pageant.

This monument is now maintained by the DFCC Bank.

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Travel Directions to Coffee Planters Fountain in Kandy

Route from Kandy Rail Station t0 Coffee Planters Fountain in Kandy
Distance :  1.1 km
Travel time :  15  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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