Kandy, heart of Sri Lanka was once the capital of the ancient kings and it remains one of the countrys most significant cultural and religious centers. Perched on the lakeside at the eastern end of the town centre are the serene white buildings of the Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa). This is Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist temple and home to one of Buddhism’s most sacred objects, the Tooth Relic of the Buddha, which attracts pilgrims from all over the island and many other places in Asia besides. It also serves as an important symbol of Sinhalese identity and pride – traditionally, whoever had the relic was believed to have the right to rule the island, giving its possession a political, as well as a religious, dimension.

During July/August this temple hosts the grand Esala Perahera which is an extremely colourful parade along the street of Kandy featuring traditional dancers, whip lashers, fire stuntmen, acrobats and colourfully adorned elephants. This is a once in a lifetime experience which draws visitors from all over the world to witness a truly Sri Lankan sacred show.

Other Attractions

Nuwara Eliya
Yala National Park
Rock Temple of Dambulla