Located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, Kandy is famous for its spicy food, exotic fruits and a clump of sweetmeats that is still rare to the world. Life here continues among a series of festivities throughout the year, an ideal recipe for fun and leisure.
The name was derived from the Portugese, who had initially named the place Candea. The city was the last of the remaining kingdoms that survived the Portugese and British conquest until the time it was finally taken by the Dutch.
The place speaks for itself, of the rich culture it tags along.
Kandy is also considered to be one of the most religious places in the country being home to one of the most prominent temples- the “Temple of Tooth” which holds the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Hence, the place holds great significance for Buddhists all around the world. The temple lies close to the royal palace and the musuem.
If you are a nature lover and love taking those long hikes, the serene countryside provides you with ample opportunities to familiarise yourself with the greenery all around. Moreover, there is also an elephant sanctuary- the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, that houses approximately 70 elephants that roam freely around the place. It is certainly one place that draws in children and provides a great experience for families. You can also watch the elephants bathe at the Mahaweli river at Gatambe.
Abounded with lush green forests and a number of hills, Kandy is certainly one of the most scenic places in Sri Lanka. Places like the Botanical Garden at Peradeniya and the spice plantation at New Ranweli provide for an interesting excursion. The spice plantations provide for a great learning about the uses of herbs and spices and you can always try your hand at guessing them right. What is more, the spices being sold in the plantations are way cheaper than the ones in the market.
So if you are visiting Kandy, the hill city has a lot to offer in terms of culture, history and charm. All that comes with a perfect balance with a touch of an effervescent urban buzz.