Sri Dalada MaligawaKandy's primary tourist attraction and one of the holiest Buddhist shrines in the world, the "Dalada Maligawa" or the Temple of the Tooth Relic, is the heart of Kandy's culture, religious life and age-old traditions. First built in the 15th century, and expanded by successive kings, it is a masterpiece of traditional Kandyan art and architecture. In July/August every year, the tooth relic of the Buddha that is enshrined here is paraded through the city streets in a magnificent procession featuring traditional drummers, dancers and caparisoned elephants.
- Sigiriya (Lion Rock) is an ancient palace located in the Matale District, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 660 ft high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. Read More
- Major attractions of Dambulla include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days. The area also boasts the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest, or Na Uyana Aranya. Read More
Peradeniya Botanical GardenLocated in the outskirts of Kandy, on a beautiful peninsula encircled by the Mahaweli River, lie the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; Filled with all forms of majestic and exotic tropical flora, a walk in the Gardens will be a truly unforgettable experience, both to the botanist and the ordinary tourist.
Ancient TemplesThe Embekke, Gadaladeniya and Lankatilake temples lie in the middle of some of the most beautiful countryside you could encounter in the Kandyan region. Dating back to the 14th century, these ancient temples, with their exquisite art and architecture and their rustic setting, are perhaps the best embodiments of the old Kandyan spirit and atmosphere.