Recognized as the Hill Capital even though it is not at the highest mountain top, this enchanting city draws much attention amongst the locals and the international community for various reasons. Nestled among the mountain ranges on all sides it was the last bastion of the Sinhala Reign before falling to the British gallantly. However, during the colonial dominance it was proudly preserved. Footprints of that realm bear testimony in many records, imprints, graves and particularly the Museum. The English many contributions behind to be relished by the modern era. The impetus thus created has blossomed into many notable achievements.
Today’s society in and around Kandy are blend of valuable British culture and strong Kandyan traditions. Buddhism and other Asian religions coexisted in harmony and mutual understanding during the foreign occupancy working in tandem for the benefit of the masses. Notably, the entire Central Sri Lanka is much benefitted by the Tea Plantations introduced by the British Planters, which today is the number one foreign revenue producing venture. When English was the ruling language, it was absorbed into all sectors and strata of work so much so even the lowest rank and file spoke fluent English and it is carried down to the generations which emerged later. Churches and Schools (which still exist) provided the necessary bedrock in this regard, churning out scholars in all fields who now serve around the globe. The university at the fringe of the city is considered as one of the best in the Asian Continent.
Kandy’s climate is enviable in that a fair amount of Sun, Shade and the cool breeze wit sporadic rain offer the optimum holiday experience while on tour. Surrounded by hills and the longest river of the island hotels and guest houses of international standard are a common site all over providing ample accommodation during any season together with widely varied cuisine. Tours up to the lush Tea Kingdom and to the Cultural Triangle and UNESCO Heritage sites (Kandy too is one such), include this central location either to begin/ end with for it is the most convenient option.
The city is central and thus site seeing city tours can be arranged towards any direction to exploit the beauty and marvel all within a day. At the city the cynosure would be the Temple of the Tooth Relic. The Museum is just behind it and a manmade lake adjoining the temple that is pleasant, picturesque and cool. And there is the Botanical Garden a few Km away that hosts thousands of exotic rare species of flora mainly for research and study but also serves now for picnicking. Towards the north of the town excursions could be made to other hills and waterfalls amongst the wildlife reserves as well as forest glades that house fauna and flora kinds of interest.
The Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, Sri dalada Maligawa is in the center of the city, the highest venerated religious place with steeped in cultural heritage attracting the highest respect of the Buddhists as well as the other religions all over the world”
Kandy is also famed for the annual pageant (July/ August) of beautifully clad elephants in procession which are accompanied by the attractive traditional dancers and drummers. The Pageant that is held for about two weeks originated by the Kandyan kings as a show of valour which later turned out to be more of a religious connotation. As for tourists during other days, these drummers and dancers entertain them at hotels during the late evening.
Sports is another popular culture among the folk here. With two International Cricket Stadiums, Teams of repute are hosted for tests and shorter versions and hence the people are obsessed with such tournaments. Rugby too is popularly played by schools and clubs.