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.
Accommodation
There are several hotels in various price ranges, most bookable via the international booking portals.
01 Hewaheta road 02 Bus 03 Bus 04 Pedestrian crossing 05 Sacred tooth temple entrance
06 Sacred tooth temple ticket office 07 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 08 Temple of the sacred tooth relic
09 Kandy lake 10 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple 11 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple 12 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple
13 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 14 Wood carving in sacred tooth temple 15 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 16 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple 17 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple 18 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth
19 Lantern in sacred tooth temple 20 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 21 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 22 Pilgrims in sacred tooth temple
23 Flags in sacred tooth temple 24 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 25 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 26 Inside the temple of the sacred tooth 27 Red fire-fighting truck
28 Kandy lake 29 Queens hotel 30 Shopping street in Kandy
31 Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha statue 32 Lord Kataragama temple 33 Elephant 34 Sampath bank 35 Policeman
36 First world war memorial 37 Clock tower square 38 General Anuruddha Ratwatte statue 39 Clock tower
40 Torington park 41 Kandy lake southern shore 42 Temple of the sacred tooth relic
43 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 44 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 45 Temple of the sacred tooth relic 46 Temple of the sacred tooth relic
47 Kandy lake 48 Red mosque
49 Christian church 50 Street in Kandy 51 Pilgrims sitting on pavement
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