Kandy, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka, is situated 115 km off Colombo, and 1600 ft above sea level almost encircled by the Mahaweli Ganga. This picturesque naturally fortified city withheld foreign conquest until ceded to the British by treaty in 1815. It’s a cultural sanctuary where age old customs, arts, rituals and ways of life are well preserved. The Temple of the Tooth built in 18th and 19th Century, moated with tapered roof and octagon enshrines the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Nearby are the four devales (temples) dedicated to the deities Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini, historic Malwatta and Asgiriya monasteries, audience Hall where the kings of Kandy held court and Museum containing Kandyan period antiquities.
The splendid age old pageant Esala Perehera is held annually during the Esala Festival (August or Late July) to fete the Tooth relic. Kandy boasts of a natural reserve in Udawattekelle and picturesque artificial lake in the heart of the city. The magnificent 147 acre Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya, is one of the best tropical gardens in the world.