Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth: Photo 2
Kandy Lake--shown here during a shower--was built late in the city's history: until 1810, its 46 flooded acres were paddy fields. The lake was then created at the order of and for the pleasure of the last Kandyan King, the ill-fated Sri Raja Wickrama. Capricious demands for the labor of his people, combined with a cruelty appalling even in a society used to it, weakened their loyalty and finally allowed the British very nearly to walk in and take over.
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