Arthur’s Seat is an view point rarely visited by Sri Lankans which lies right at the heart of Kandy. The view point lies 1790 feet (545 meters) above the sea level overlooking the city of Kandy 800 meters on Rajapihilla Mawatha. It provides a spectacular panoramic view across Kandy Lake, Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Royal Palace of Kandy and the city centre whether its day or night.
According to legend, this area has belonged to a planter called Arthur during the British colonial era and there has been a seat made of stone at this location in front of his Bungalow where Arthur had spent his time gorging on the spectacular view of Kandy.
Later this became a tourist attraction drawing many foreign tourists. In 2015, it was estimated that 1,500 tourists per day visit the location during the peak season (November to May), with 500 tourists per day in the off season. Therefore in 2016, a viewing platform was built at this location with funding from the world bank. But unfortunately it was reported that the original stone slab was destroyed in the process and today a seat made of cement made in form of a rock has replaced it.
Map of the Arthur’s Seat Viewing Deck in Kandy
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Driving Directions to Arthur’s Seat Viewing Deck in Kandy
Route from Kandy to Arthur’s Seat Viewing Deck
|Though : Rajapihilla Mawatha|
Distance : 800 m
Travel time : 5 mins
Driving directions : see on google map