The second largest city in Sri Lanka, Kandy is the capital of the hill country set amongst rolling hills and around the beautifully picturesque Kandy Lake. The city was the last capital of the Sri Lankan royalty which fell to the British in 1815 and is another World Heritage Site, famed for its magnificent Temple of the Tooth Relic, a splendid golden roofed temple which houses the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha.
Why visit Kandy?
- Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the market
- Enjoy the flowers of the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya
- Go trekking in the stunning Knuckles Range
- Play a round of golf at the Victoria Golf & Country Resort
- Visit Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage or the Millenium Elephant Foundation
- Jump on the train up into the beautiful Tea Country
Just outside of the city are the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens which were once a royal pleasure garden, but are now open to the public and cover 147 acres. This well kept garden is home to a huge variety of plants including a fine collection of orchids, palms and other exotic flora.
Taking the train from Peradeniya Train Station up into the highlands to the lush, green tea estates is a fun and relaxing way to travel if you are heading to the Tea Country and avoids the rather long, snaking road up.