Take a trip to Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural capital
Sri Lanka’s second city, Kandy, is unmistakably the country’s cultural capital with its exuberant festivals, unique music and dance, and colonial architecture. It’s also the home to arguably the most revered religious site in the whole of Sri Lanka – the Temple of the Tooth.
Kandy’s uniqueness is inherited from its forebears, the last remaining Sinhalese on the island who would not give up their independence like the rest of the island in the face of Portuguese and Dutch occupation. The last mainstay of Sinhalese culture, Kandy has preserved its rich customs which is evident today in its distinctive music, festivals and buildings.
Set in the heart of the stunning Hill Country, Kandy is surrounded by the most majestic scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world. The emerald hills, covered in the world famous tea plantations, is the perfect backdrop during your trip to Kandy.
Temple of the Tooth
For a country peppered with so many interesting historic temples, it is the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy which is the most visited and most revered in the whole of Sri Lanka. It is home to the only tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
Encased within golden dagobas engraved with gemstones, the tooth relic is housed within the guarded main temple. Above the shrine is a stunning golden canopy containing lotus flowers and encircling the shrine is a beautiful golden fence.
As you would expect, the temple complex is a magnet for tourists and pilgrims. As well as the main chamber containing the revered tooth relic there are other smaller temples, shrines and museum to explore.
Kandy in pictures
Take a trip to Kandy during a Sri Lankan tour
Taking a trip to Kandy is understandably on many peoples bucket lists, and coinciding your visit during the ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth where you can soak up the atmosphere will make it extra special. We can arrange this for you.
We specialise in tailor-made tours to Sri Lanka and can include Kandy within a culturally packed tour. We also visit Kandy during our 8 Day Group Highlights Tour of Sri Lanka and 15 Day Group Family Sri Lankan Tour.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about visiting Kandy or are interested in a tour to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka.