Kandy

Kandy

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a one of major tourist destinations in Sri lanka. Lying 115 km from Colombo, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second biggest city and the capital of the central province. The busy town is situated in a valley at an elevation of 600m, inside a wide loop of the Mahaweli River and is surrounded by hills covered with tropical vegetation. 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. The highlight of the year is the Kandy Esala Perahera, when a replica of the relic casket is taken in procession accompanied by exotically costumed drummers, dancers and about 80 – 100 caparisoned elephants during ten glittering nights in July/ August. The cool climate of the hills is a relief after the cloying heat of the lowlands, and the lovely Kandy Lake and the drives around it are set amidst great scenic beauty.