Kandy is a small city of 125000 inhabitants in the hills of central Sri Lanka,
located at 500m of altitude, 100km northeast of Colombo. Kandy is a significant tourist centre because of its rich history and the temple of the sacred tooth relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), a Buddhist temple which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
Kandy was first established in the 14th century by Vikramabahu III, the king of Gampola. By the 15th century Kandy was the capital of an independent kingdom and stayed independent until the early 19th century, when it became a British protectorate. Nowadays Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka, the capital of the Central province and a major transportation hub in Sri Lanka. Kandy has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1988.
How to get to Kandy
Kandy is accessible by road (car/bus) or train from Colombo. There is even a small airport with flights to Colombo.
There are several hotels in various price ranges, most bookable via the international booking portals.