Introduction to Holidays in Kandy
The hill-country capital of Kandy lies in the centre of the island surrounded by mountains, beside a picturesque lake and looped by Sri Lanka's largest river: the Mahaweli. Kandy was the capital of the last kings of Sri Lanka until taken over by the British in 1815 and is still a focal point of the island’s culture. Its sheltered location at the heart of the island amidst mountain ranges meant Kandyan culture, art and way of life was protected for centuries.
As the capital, Kandy had become home to the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, linked to royalty and Royal Palace since 4th century. Even after the British took over in 1815 Kandy has remained a religious capital of the Sinhalese and the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic is Kandy’s most famous site and place of pilgrimage for Buddhists.
During the month of August, Kandy is host to the 10-day Esala Perehara Festival, a magnificent colourful procession where a sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is majestically paraded on elephant back, accompanied by Kandyan dancers and musicians along the streets of Kandy.
Other highlights include Peradeniya’s Botanical Gardens, set in 150 acres and home to thousands of native and imported species of flowers, trees and shrubs and Kandyan cultural shows for a fascinating evening’s entertainment.
Today, Kandy’s scenic location, mellow climate, rich history and culture make it a popular destination for visitors, keen to discover its fascination.
Kandy can be visited while on the Highlights Tour of Sri Lanka, and on the Sri Lanka Nature Tour.
We feature the Ozo Hotel in Kandy. See more details on this hotel offered by Holiday Designers.
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