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Fire eater at the Kandy cultural festival for Esala Full Moon Poya

Travel to Kandy, the 2nd largest city on the island and the cultural capital of the nation, is home to the temple of the Tooth Relic of Buddha. Nestled in the center of glorious mountain ranges and rocks, the Kandyan Kingdom was a fortified stronghold, having withstood many attacks from foreign invaders. Kandy city remains steeped in tradition, culture and history, yet is also one of the most developed cities in Sri Lanka.

The Kandy weather forecast is generally cool weather while March and May are recommended as the best months to travel to Kandy.

Things To Do

The most popular activity in Kandy is to visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic while other temples in the vicinity also draw visitors for historic and architectural significance. The Embekke Devalaya is popular for its unique wood carvings while the Gadaladeniya temple is admired for its location, built on a rock.

Trekking expeditions to the Knuckles mountain range or even mountain biking are some of the most important things to do in Kandy, a city beautifully nestled in by glorious mountains. If you are a golf enthusiast, you are sure to consider a visit to the Victoria Golf and Country Resort, a priority in your list of things to do in Kandy, especially given that it claims to be the best golf course in the sub-continent.

Dining in Kandy is easy with a range of popular fast food chains and othe restaurants serving both local and international fare.

Attractions

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Kandy temple of the tooth relic, locally known as the Sri Dalada Maligawa, is one of the most important attractions in Kandy, with thousands of visitors every year. This sacred Buddhist shrine is said to contain the sacred right canine of Buddha and is thus considered a prime monument.

The Kandy Perahera, the celebrated festival where the golden casket containing the sacred tooth is paraded in a vibrant and colourful pageant is one of the main attractions in Kandy.

The Kandy Lake created by the last king of the Kandyan empire and known locally as the kiri muhuda is a must see. Additionally, the Kandy Lake Club and Cultural Centre where many fire dancers, kolam dancers and numerous other traditional dancers are showcased in this beautiful city.

Nature based attractions in Kandy include the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, a large expanse of well manicure gardens with rare fauna and flora.

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