Kandy is most prominently referred to as 'The Cultural City' of Sri Lanka. It was originally called Senkadagala Pura until a colonial ruler changed its name to Kandy. The word 'Kandy' is derived from 'Kanda', which means 'hill'. The place is known for its massive cultural parade (Kandy Perahara), which is organized every year in the month of July or August. The pageant travels across the city for seven consecutive days with the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha, escorted with numerous drummers, dancers and ornamented elephants. It finishes off on the full moon of the month of August.
The Temple of Tooth
The Temple of Tooth is considered as the most holy Buddhist place of the world. It was built in 17th century and one of the teeth of relic Lord Buddha is kept there. The temple is also known as Dalda Maligawa.
Peradeniya garden came into existence in 14th century. It consists of an orchid house, which comprises of more than 300 varieties of beautiful and distinctive orchids and a spice garden, which provides extensive information about the trees, plants and shrubs used in Ayurvedic medicines.
Gadaladeniya Temple, situated in a hill top, is a wonderful example of Dravidian architecture. It was constructed in the year 1344. The place provides a magnificent view of the picturesque landscape surrounding it.
Embekke Temple is known for its elaborated and complex wooden carvings, devoted to God Katargama. Beautiful carvings of dancers, musicians, legendary beasts and birds make the place watch out for.
The Knuckles range is spread over an area of about 90 square miles. It comprises of 35 peaks, mounting to more than 3000 feet (915 m) and a rich reservoir of exotic flora and fauna.
Lankatilaka temple is situated on the peak of a rock called Panhalgala. It gives a wonderful view of adjoining hills, fields etc.
Udawatte Kele is a primitive forest located above the Dalada Maligawa. It is beautified by a wide variety of trees such as Talipot trees, betelnut, olive, betel, kitul palms, cinnamon, jak, mara, and arecanut. The people, who love adventure and nature, can explore the forest.