Kandy Lake is a lovely centrepiece to Kandy town, which was created in 1807 by Sri Wickrama Rajasinha, the last ruler of the kingdom of Kandy. Several small-scale local chiefs, who protested because their people objected to labouring on the project, were put to death at stakes in the lake bed.
The island in the centre of Kandy Lake was used as Sri Wickrama Rajsinha’s personal harem, to which he crossed on a barge. Later the Birtish used it as an ammunition store and added the fortress style parapet around the perimeter of the lake. On the south shore, in fornt of the Malwatte Vihara, there’s a circular enclosure which is the monk’s bathouse.