The glorious city of Kandy, which glistens like the crown jewel of the Hill Country, is a place that is wrapped in timeless charm. The last king of Sri Lanka ruled from this city many centuries ago, before the entire country surrendered to the British regime. There is something about the city that is intensely captivating and alluring. The simple, yet dignified ways of life of its residents, its wonderfully refreshing climate and the myriad of world famous attractions that are scattered across its territories make Kandy truly a spectacular destination.
The Temple of the Tooth Relic of Kandy is one of the most important sites of worship among the Buddhists. The left canine tooth of Lord Buddha is housed here. The annual procession of the temple, which is called Kandy Esala Perahera is recognized as one of the grandest Buddhist festivals in the world.
Lankatilaka Vihara which is located in Udunuwara is yet another famous pilgrimage site. There are many beautiful statues of Buddha to be seen here. The temple is located in very close proximity to Gadaladeniya Vihara, which is also quite prominent.
Nature lovers traveling in the city should certainly visit the famous Udawattakele Forest Reserve. The forest nurtures an impressive collection of plants. Within the enchanting territories of the Udawattakele, three Buddhist meditation hermitages can be found. The magnificent Hanthana Mountain Range is also immensely popular among nature loving adventurers as it has some spectacular hiking trails.
What else to see in Kandy???
En route to Kandy, many travelers stop at the mesmerizing Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. The destination, which boasts of a stunning collection of orchids, attracts an estimated 2 million visitors annually. The expansive, well manicured spaces here offer perfect relaxation to all.
The picture perfect Victoria Golf and Country Resort, which is ranked among the ‘100 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the World’ can be reached in 40 minutes by car from the city of Kandy. This is an immensely popular place among both locals and tourists.