Kandy is the second largest and most visited tourist destination Sri Lanka with a beautiful lake as the Center-piece. Sri Dalada maligawa or the Temple of the sacred tooth relic is a Buddhist temple in the city and Kandy was the last Capital of Sri Lankan kings. It is considered by some because the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, and it was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Kandy is important to Buddhist people for religious value and non-Buddhist people for Archeological and historical value. Kandy is known as the historic and romantic hill capital of Sri Lanka with sight of beauty and glorious lies in a triangular valley surrounded by the river Mahaweli, mountains, green velvet tea plantations covering the hills, cascading waterfalls.
Kandy Dalada Perahera is the most glamorous festival season attracts more foreigners to the city and the Kandy dancing cultural show is one of the most famous evening events in this heritage city also it is a major highlight on any trip. Covering various aspects of Sri Lanka’s traditions expect to see traditional Kandian dancers, drummers, fire dancers and many more in a cultural spectacle.
When the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Supreme Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka, it gave birth to a rich tradition. A procession that showcases the aesthetic splendor of the Island colors the pristine grounds of Sri Dalada Maligawa and enchants the streets of Kandy. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic further represents the national spirit and indigenous design genius of Sri Lanka.
The greatest and most revered glamorous festival Kandy Esala Maha Perahara, is held in July and August in the city of Kandy and the whole city radiates in gold, the Temple twinkling in the night.
A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of the many traditional local dances like fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances, in addition to the elephants that are usually adorned with lavish garments. Esala Perahara is a tremendous sight – there is nothing like it. The music, dance and costumes in the procession are centuries old and this is the largest event to honor and celebrate Sri Lankan tradition.