Kandy is Sri Lanka’s charming hill capital and cultural city, situated 129 km east/southeast of Colombo and 465 m above sea level. The city was born in the 14th century and become the capital of the Kandyan Kingdom in the 16th century. The beautiful city, with its hills and valleys, rivers, lakes and cascading waterfalls, has its share of hallowed Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian shrines.
Travellers who are sensitive to atmosphere will appreciate the very tangible peace, orientel style tranquility and charm of a nice, thriving up-country civilization. Unparalleled scenery unfolds over the Dumbara Valley, from the heights of Hantanewith its gorgeous scenery and views of mist covered tea plantations. Hunnasgiriya Falls, The Royal Botnical Gardens, Elephant Bathing Places, Udawattakele, a path of jungle in the heart of the city, are other must-see tourist attractions, too. Kandyan Arts and Crafts, the work of skilled craftsmen, are for sale and you can even watch weavers, copper, brass and silversmiths at work.
Among the many temples of kandy, the dalda maligawa or temple of the sacred tooth relic, is the lodestar of the Buddhists. Rituals to venerate the Relic are enacted everyday with flute and drum accompaniment. The Relic is honored publicly when the Esela Perahera (Procession of July/August) takes to the streets of the city.