Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth Relic and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island.
Kandy Perahera, the pageant of the temple of Tooth Relic where Buddha’s tooth is kept is held in August each year to parade the golden caskets is a must see itenary if one is visiting Sri Lanka during these months. More than 50 elephants parade the city accompanied by the drummers, dancers and chieftains.
Kandy city established in the 15th century was the last royal capital where 2500 years of royal rule ended. Lying 115 km from Colombo, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second biggest city and the capital of the central province. The busy town is situated in a valley at an elevation of 600m. The cool climate of the hills is a relief after the cloying heat of the lowlands, and the lovely Kandy Lake and the drives around it are set amidst great scenic beauty.
The Royal Botanical Gardens, Once a pleasure gardens of a Kandyan Queen this 40ha land is a beautiful park with numerous tropical foliage and the best in the island. The Commander of the allied forces in Southeast Asia Earl Mountbatten had the headquarters in the garden during the Second World War.