Pictures that tell a tale of a city in the hills

Pictures that tell a tale of a city in the hills

One hundred and thirty nine pages of pictures and text tell the tale of a city that endured the attacks of invaders for countless years.

Gateway to Kandy narrates the story of a city tucked away in the hills- given many names- but best known for its success as a military stronghold and a place of refuge in troubled times. Anuradha Seneviratna- Professor Emeritus- University of Peradeniya, takes us through the glory days of the Kandy Kingdom- from its establishment in 1592 by King Vimaladharmasuriya I to its resistance of and eventual capture by the invading British and the present day city in the hills.

The book is therefore a colourful, attractive and informative blend of ancient and contemporary, with images by Vijitha and Lalana Yapa, which help relate the story and legends associated with the Kandy Kingdom as well as the heroes who emerged from it.

It speaks of kings, leaders, British governors, traditions and legends- all through the images of iconic buildings, paintings, carvings and sculptures of a fascinating era- a society in transition.

First written and published 25 years ago, this book was seen by its author as “a prime need to continue the work of the Cultural Triangle”.

The newly revised version deviates from the conventional style of a guide book, in that it provides all information in a more reader-friendly manner for better comprehension and appreciation of what Kandy once was and what it continues to be.

Gateway to Kandy by Anuradha Seneviratna
Pictures by Vijitha and Lalana Yapa
A Vijitha Yapa publication
Price: Rs. 2950