How to reach
Kandy is situated in Central province which is about 122km via Colombo Kandy road / A1 and from Negombo it is about 104 km via same road A1.
Kandy the popular charming hill capital of Sri Lanka is surrounded by hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. It is the cultural center of the island and a UNESCO heritage city. The sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined at the Dalada Maligawa, the temple of the tooth. While in Kandy, a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must where you can see around 4000 species of plants. The arts and crafts center in Kandy, the main Buddhist monasteries Malwatta and Asgiriya Monasteries are places that must be visited. Kandy is a great place for souvenir shopping and to learn about its rich culture and history
Paces to Visit
Temple of the tooth
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.
The glittering 10 nights in July / August where the charming hill capital is bathed in lights is the highlight of the year in Kandy. The Kandy Esala Perahera is an ancient and grand Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka celebrated to honor the Sacred Tooth Relic and the four guardian gods Nadha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Goddess Pattini. The procession if followed in order by those belonging to the four guardian temples. The Perahera (parade) features dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire breathers and about 80-100 decorated elephants. The purpose of the Kandy Perahera is to beseech the gods to bless the kingdom with rain for cultivation and also to enrich the lands. This has become a favourite parade enjoyed by tourists.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Peradeniya Botanical Garden is situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and visited approximately 02 million people annually. The unusual name is Sinhalese translation of guava plain. The garden is notable for its collection of a variety of Orchids. It is home to various species of plants, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. It is also one of the largest botanical gardens of Sri Lanka, An artificial lake with water plants including giant water lily and papyrus seeds is found in the centre of the garden.
Train Rides from Kandy
The train trip from Ella to Kandy in Sri Lanka, or the other way around, is considered to be one of the most beautiful train trips in the world. This train ride is seven hours long and takes you through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations and mountain views. The train trip between Kandy and Ella is one of the highlights of Sri Lanka.