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The hill country capital is situated on plains 500 metres above sea level. Surrounded by mountain ranges and built around Kandy Lake, is an important centre of Sinhalese culture and a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It is home to the island’s most important religious festival, the annual Esala Perahera, when the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, normally housed in the impressive ‘Temple of the Tooth,’ is taken around the city in an extravagant parade of elephants and dancers. 

Our Highlights 

  • Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

This sacred temple is the most prominent attraction in Kandy. It houses the revered tooth relic of Lord Buddha and is considered one of the holiest sites in Buddhism. Visitors can witness elaborate rituals, explore the temple's magnificent architecture, and learn about the rich religious and cultural significance of the tooth relic. 

  • Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Located just a short distance from Kandy, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a sprawling garden paradise featuring a vast collection of plants, flowers, and trees. Visitors can take leisurely walks to admire the picturesque landscapes, explore themed gardens, observe exotic bird species, and discover highlights like the Orchid House and Spice Garden. 

  • Kandy Lake 

Situated in the heart of the city, Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake) is a serene and scenic spot. Take a leisurely stroll along its perimeter, visit the enchanting island in the middle known as the "Royal Summer House," and admire the reflection of the city's illuminated buildings at night. The lake provides a tranquil escape and a lovely backdrop for photography. 

  • Royal Palace of Kandy 

Explore the remnants of Kandy's royal history at the Royal Palace, which was once the residence of Sri Lankan kings. Although only a small section remains, the palace offers insights into the regal architecture and lifestyle of the past. The adjacent Royal Palace Park adds to its charm with its manicured lawns and beautiful views. 

  • Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

Situated near the Temple of the Tooth Relic, Udawatta Kele Sanctuary is a lush forest reserve known for its diverse flora and fauna. Follow the trails through the tranquil forest, spot various bird species, encounter monkeys, and explore ancient Buddhist meditation caves hidden within. The sanctuary also provides panoramic views of Kandy City. 

  • Cultural Dance Performances

Witness the vibrant traditional dance performances that showcase Kandyan culture and artistry. Held at various venues in Kandy, these shows feature skilful dancers adorned in colourful costumes, captivating drumming rhythms, and impressive fire dances. Enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment while immersing yourself in the city's rich heritage. 

  • The Knuckles Wilderness 

For serious trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts. A UNESCO World heritage conservation area this often-overlooked pristine wilderness is one of the loveliest and wildest parts of Sri Lanka.

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