The largest city in Sri Lanka’s central province is Kandy. It was Sri Lanka’s final capital during the king’s reign. It is situated on a plateau surrounded by mountains that are home to biodiverse rainforests and tea plantations. The picturesque Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling, is the heart of the city. The Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, which is celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession, is one of Kandy’s most famous sacred Buddhist sites.UNESCO designated it a world heritage site. In the past, the Buddhist rulers of the area resisted the expansion and occupation of the Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonies.
Numerous different names and variants of those names have been used to describe the city and its surroundings Katubulu Nuwara, Watapuluwa, Senkadagala, Senkadagalapura, Kanda Uda Rata, and Kanda Uda Pas Rata are some of them. Although it is typically abbreviated to Nuwara, the Sinhala name for Kandy is Maha Nuwara, which translates to “Great City” or “The Capital.”
According to the records of the past, Vikramabahu III (1357–1374 AD), the monarch of the Kingdom of Gampola, which was located north of the present city and was known as Senkadagalapura at the time, was the first to establish Kandy.
In comparison to other popular Sri Lankan cities, Kandy has an undeniable religious atmosphere and a laid-back vibe. It is framed by mountains covered in mist and the far-off lights of hill towns and villages.
When the sun sets, the city comes to life in its unique way as bell chimes and bird calls fill the air.
There are a lot of things to see and do in and around Kandy, but you can’t go wrong just wandering the busy streets and taking in the sounds and sights. Before you leave, it would be a crime not to visit at least a few of Kandy’s most stunning locations.