With history, heritage and tradition melding with modernity, there are many remarkable places to visit in kandy. The cultural epicentre of the island, it is Sri Lanka’s second city, and home to the Temple of the Tooth - the country’s most important religious shrine, and the traditional pageant - the Esala Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhalese, the kingdom of Kandy clung to sovereignty for centuries before falling to the British in 1818.
They retained their own distinctive customs and culture. These traditions live on today in the city’s unique music, dance and architecture.
Things to do
Temple of the Tooth Relic
Revered by pilgrims from around the world, the ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’ is a sacred Buddhist shrine housing a tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Sprawled across 147 acres, the garden includes more than 4000 species of plants and trees, including rare orchids, spices, medicinal herbs and palms.
Cultural Dance Show
Swirls of vibrant colour and pulsating rhythms; dances and drums that keep traditions of old alive. Witness an unforgettable display of Kandyan heritage.
Witness one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka as the Sacred city of Kandy hosts an annual pageant which is an explosion of color and light, during the period of the Full Moon in August in which the Tooth Relic is paraded on an elephant back heralded by traditional instruments and troupes of dancers.
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