‘World Heritage Site’
Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. (115km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level). Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. Kandy Perahera, (pageant) of the temple of tooth where Buddha’s tooth is kept is held either in July or August each year to parade the golden casket is a must see itinerary if one is visiting Sri Lanka during these months. The final night procession is the most spectacular event of the country. More than 50 elephants parade the city accompanied by the drummers, dancers and chieftains. The city established in the 14th century was the last royal capital where 2500 years of royal rule ended. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity & has plenty of itineraries to offer the tourists from songs, cultural dances and arts & crafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy is a good transit point to the cultural triangle to the north or hill country to the south. The city is also a good source of souvenirs or to experience many cultural performances at its various hotels in the city. Some major attractions are; Temple of the Sacred tooth relic, four temples & British period church adjacent to the main temple, Royal Botanical gardens & the public market place. There are also three beautiful temples about 30 minutes drive from the city off Kandy-Colombo road, namely Embekke, Gadaladeniya & Lankathilake. Kandy was declared a world heritage site in 1988.
The Temple of the Tooth Kandy is the famous city of Sinhala history, culture, religion and pageantry. The Kandyan Kingdom was the last independent state in Sri Lanka. It withstood the onslaught of three invading European armies for over two centuries. Kandy can be explored on foot, with the higher altitude making the climate conducive to long walks. The city is visually rich with its narrow streets lined with old buildings full of character, and crowded with people. The Municipal Market has colourful displays of fruit and vegetables, textiles and clothing. The Kandy Lake provides an attractive focal point to the town. Kandy is located at the center of Sri Lanka and is generally recognized as the island nation’s cultural capital. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second largest city located in the mountainous center of the island. It is considered by some as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka,