Kandy, located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka is a colourful city, elaborate with colonial design and rich cultural heritage. This beautiful utopia found between the misty hills of the country is the capital of the Central province. Kandy is a key tourist destination that is included in all travel packages offering Sri Lanka tours. In Kandy, city hotel options such as Hotel Topaz Kandy are located in the heart of the town, which makes it easy for you to catch all the enticing splendors of the city.
Kandy is home to the majestic temple of tooth relic (‘Daladha Maligawa’). Being the centre piece of the city, this is an ancient palace during the Kandyan kingdom and is currently enshrined with the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. Thronged by millions of pilgrims and tourists from around the world, this is a major attraction of Sri Lanka.
The iconic colonial architecture of the major edifices around the city, including a few major banks, the Kandy prison complex, the railway stations and roads are a result of the extensive British rule. After the decline of the Kandyan kingdom the country fell into the hands of the British colony and the officials used Kandy as their station.
Kandy is placed at an altitude of 115km, which results in the cool, relaxed and more soothing climate. This also means that the city is showered with rain quite often. Well if there is any place in the world that can look regal and beautiful even when it is raining, its Kandy.
The town is often clustered with tuk tuk drivers swamped in corners of the street as it is common in most places of the country. It is a busy city mostly during the day, although night life in Kandy is not quite as glamourous as it is Colombo. The city contains a rather sizable shopping complex; Kandy City Centre, with movie theatres, numerous boutiques and restaurants. This is an ideal place to chill while sipping coffee.
Your trip to Kandy is never complete without a relaxing stroll around the Kandy lake, located right beside the temple of tooth relic. You can soak in the blissful sensation of the mild winds blowing through the lake while nibbling on Sri Lankan street food.
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