Steeped in magnificent history, Kandy is the most celebrated cultural city in Sri Lanka. Nestled amidst lush tropical plantations at an altitude of 488m, the city’s mild climate and the nip in the air give a welcoming note. As the last kingdom of Sri Lankan Kings, the city has a rich history derived and influenced by both Sinhalese Kings and colonial rulers.
A peaceful evening stroll along the Kandy lake grounds which is situated in the heart of the city surrounded by timeless traditional architecture is absolutely an unforgettable experience. At night, you can catch a glimpse of the breathtaking view of the placid waters mirroring the beauty of the shimmering temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Hosts of travellers visit the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy to pay homage to the sacred relic of Lord Buddha. The best time for a trip to Kandy is the month of August when the colourful cultural pageant of the Tooth Relic takes place. The procession is renowned as one of the most vibrant parades in the world.
A visit to Kandy is incomplete without a day spent at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. The well-manicured lawns, multihued flower beds and shady winding pathways in this garden are a must experience beauty when visiting Kandy.
Nestled in the verdant hills of Kegalle, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which was mainly set up for abandoned and injured baby elephants offers an excitingly up-close experience with these gentle giants of the jungle.
Sri Lanka’s finest hill resort, with a fine stimulating mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the island’s number one tea producer. The mountain slopes carpeted with green tea plantations, intermingle with winding streams and cascading waterfalls and Nuwara Eliya are a must visit destination in the island.
Horton Plains; Sri Lanka’s highest valley over 2100m above sea level, is a misty and peaceful terrain with an amazing range of vistas – from foggy mountains to grasslands, from marshes to ice cold streams, lakes and waterfalls.