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“The highlight of KANDY for me was an evening visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The shrine is opened for just 10 minutes before it is closed again.”

Sri Lanka’s hill capital Kandy, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is regarded by most Sri Lankan’s as the country’s most beautiful town. It is 488 metres above sea level and is built around a peaceful lake, set in a picturesque natural arena. The focal point of the town is, without doubt, the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa where the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is enshrined. Major restoration work is in progress here by the UNESCO – aided Central Cultural Fund.

The highlight of the year is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the relic casket is taken in procession accompanied by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and about 80 to 100 elephants during ten glittering nights in July/August. There are many shrines and temples in and around Kandy, where you will see rare paintings, frescoes, wood and stone carvings.

Mountbatten bungalows

The Kandy House