The Hill Capital of Sri Lanka
Set in a comfortable pocket of the central highlands, the historic city of Kandy has seen it all. The last royal kingdom of Sri Lanka proudly prevented foreign invasions by the Portuguese and Dutch, but eventually fell to the British at the turn of the 19th century. In close proximity also sits the blossoming Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, which is home to over 4500 species of trees and plants.
The enchantment of this city however, comes many years prior to its colonial history. When a treasured tooth relic of the Lord Buddha was smuggled into Sri Lanka in the 4th century BC, it endured centuries of devout protection until finding its permanent home in Kandy’s iconic Dalada Maligawa, also known as The Temple of The Tooth. Earning a devout standing in Buddhist records, this city welcomes visitors from the world over to appreciate the fortunes of a bygone era, from the refurbished remains of a royal palace to the annual Esala Perahera – an illuminated procession of elephants, drummers and dancers who exhibit the gilded casket of the tooth relic through the streets of Kandy for an experience you will never forget.