This exotic destination offers its visitors a blend of rich culture, historical grandeur and a picturesque setting. Being one of the most sought after, and easily reachable, destinations in Sri Lanka, Kandy is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Island.
During the 15th century Kandy was established as the royal capital of the Island which lasted till the 19th century when 2500 years of royal rule of the Island ended. And during the city`s glamorous days as the royal kingdom it was transformed in to an exquisite town of palaces, temples, shrines, lakes and gardens. Today amidst the bustling market town lies this spectacular city, offering travelers to the city a range of attractions to explore. One of the biggest attractions in Kandy is the Temple of Tooth and its adjoining structures.Set against the picturesque Kandy Lake, the Temple of Tooth is where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is kept. Every year during the months of July and August the city transforms itself in to its past glory as a spectacular parade of elephants, chieftains, drummers and dancers take to the streets of Kandy. Known as the Kandy Perehera, this extravagant pageant parades the Tooth Relic in a golden casket. Explorations in Kandy include 16th century Temple of the Tooth and the Old Royal Palace compound, the temples of the Asgiriya and Malwatta Chapters and Hindu Shrines dedicated to Gods Vishnu and Natha and Goddess Patthini. Outside of the city you can explore the 14th century Gadaladeniya Temple, the 14th century Embekke Temples, the Lankathilaka Temple and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Kandy also serves as an ideal transit point for those keen on exploring the rest of the Cultural Triangle and the Hill Country areas. You can easily get a train or a bus from Colombo to get to Kandy, with an approximate travel time of three hours, and Kandy being a central point offers bus or train services to all the main cities around it.