Popular among the locals for the cultural and religious value and scenic beauty, Kandy is a city that prides itself as a UNESCO world heritage site. With a total area of 1,940 km2, being located in the central province of Sri Lanka, Kandy hosts a population of over 109,343.
King Wickramabahu’s name is recorded in history as establishing Kandy and it became the capital city of the last remaining kingdom of Sri Lanka. The last king of the kingdom was Sri Vikrama Rajasinha who was captured and taken as a royal prisoner by the British.
Kandy is the home to the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which houses the holy relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Regarded by Buddhists around the world as one of the holiest places linked to Buddhism the temple is thronged by devotees all year around. Among the other sacred places of worship are the Lankathilake Temple and the Gadaladeniya Temple, the former being regarded as a classical representation of the ancient Sinhalese temple architecture.
Kandy becomes highly crowded during the month of August due to the “Kandy Esala Perehera” which is hosted as an annual tradition of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. This extravagant night parade boasts more than 50 elephants along with colorful Kandyan dancers and drummers. It usually attracts a large number of local and foreign tourists who value tradition, customs and Buddhist heritage.
A diversified shopping experience is guaranteed in Kandy where souvenirs range from wooden and stone carvings, to handmade laces and precious stones. On your drive to Kandy of 115Km from Colombo, do not forget to visit the other attractions such as the spice gardens, Pinnawela Elephant orphanage, Mahaweli River and the famous Peradeniya Gardens the largest botanical garden in the country.