A FASCINATING CITY OF HISTORY & CULTUREKandy is located in the central region of Sri Lanka and is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city lies in the mountainous and thickly forested interior of the Kandy plateau with wide rivers running through the centre and many of the hotels and resorts being built up on the hillside surrounding the city. Kandy houses the Royal Palace of Kandy, the last Royal Palace built on the island, and is home to The Temple of the Tooth Relic, which is one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. Other places of interest include the Lankatilaka Temple, considered to be one of the best preserved examples of traditional Sinhalese temple architecture, the University of Peradeniya and The Royal Botanical Garden, which is the largest botanical garden on the island containing over 4000 species of plants.
Nightly you can enjoy Kandyan Dance Shows where colourfully dressed dancers perform a series of traditional dance routines and the shows often culminate with a fire dance. Also, annually in July or August, Kandy holds a colourful Buddhist festival with elegant costumes, various cultural dances and lavishly decorated elephants.
Many of Sri Lanka’s key industries are based out of the area including textiles, furniture and jewellery/gems and there are many artisans in the city and workshops and shops where you can watch traditional procedures and purchase items at extremely good prices.
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