The Royal City of Kandy is nestled amidst lush mountains, and is the home of Sri Lanka’s last independent kingdom. It survived two centuries of colonial incursions by the Portuguese and the Dutch before falling to the British in 1815. The city’s distinctive architecture is a mixture of Kandyan style and some British colonial influences. It has a strong tradition of art and dance. Its beautiful lake is a centrepiece of the town. The sacred city of Kandy is also listed as a World Heritage site.
Temple of the Tooth
Located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, it houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.
Royal Botanical Gardens Peradeniya
Its 60 hectares contains some 4,000 different species of plants and 10,000 plus trees. It showcases all of Sri Lanka’s flora plus representative species from around the tropical world. Highlights included the Orchid House, a giant Java fig tree and its more than 200 species of palm trees.