The hill capital
of Sri Lanka founded in the 14th Century AD, and the
last kingdom of Sri Lankan kings before it fell
to the British in 1815. The Temple of the Tooth
Relic which houses the sacred Tooth Relic of "Lord
Buddha" is the most significant building in the
city and is a place of veneration for the Buddhists
world over. Kandy is the most visited and photographed
city. The journey to Kandy presents the traveller
with a cross section of what Sri Lanka has to offer
in landscape and scenery. The rice fields and pretty
villages depict facets of Sri Lanka. Besides the temple
of the tooth relic is the audience hall, which is
a fine example of the architecture of the Kandyan
Kandy Perahera - The period July-August
is the Esala Perahera (Perahera means Procession)
season in Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese term 'perahera'
means a train of musicians, dancers, acrobats and
other performers usually accompanied by a number of
elephants parading the streets in celebration
of a religious event. (This is a "must see" event.)
Other attractions in Kandy
Royal Botanical garden
- No visit to Kandy is
complete without seeing the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The garden consist of nearly 150 acres dedicated
to the flora of Sri Lanka. There are over 110 endemic
plants. A striking feature is the avenue of royal
palms begun in 1905.
- Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
- A home to orphaned Elephants.