Kandy was founded in the 14th Century AD, and it was the capital of the last independent kingdom of Sri Lanka before it fell to the British in 1815. The "Tooth Temple" which houses the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is the most significant building in the city and is a place of veneration for the Buddhists from all parts of Asia. Kandy is the most visited and photographed city of our country. A journey to Kandy provides a cross section of Sri Lanka's landscapes and agriculture, rice fields and pretty villages depict only one facet of the country. The temple of the Tooth Relic is adjacent to the former royal audience hall which is a fine example of the wooden architecture of the Kandyan area.
Kandy Perahera - A two weeks period in July-August is the season of Sri Lanka's famous Esala Perahera. The Sinhalese term 'perahera' means a procession of musicians, dancers, acrobats and other performers usually accompanied by a number of elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event. The Kandy Perahera is a real "must see" event.
Peradeniya Royal Botanical garden - No visit to Kandy is complete without seeing the former Royal Botanical Gardens in the suburb Peradeniya. The garden consists of nearly 150 acres dedicated to the flora of Sri Lanka. There are over 110 endemic plants. A striking feature is the avenue of royal palms created in 1905.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - The renowned home to a whole herd of orphaned Elephants. This elephant Orphanage is set up especially for abandoned or injured baby elephants. They are reared here and trained to become working animals. The elephants' feeding and their bathing in the river provide the best opportunities to see these impressive animals from close up.