About Kandy: Kandy is city in Sri Lanka, which is located in the Central Province in Sri Lanka. Kandy is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
The city of Kandy lies at an elevation of 465 metres (1,526 ft) above sea level. Its plan developed around two open spaces: an elongated square, at the end of which are the administration buildings of the old capital, and an artificial lake that is quadrangular in form. A public garden adds to the openness of the city's spatial organization. Kandy has now grown out to encompass Peradeniya, home to the University of Peradeniya and the Botanical Gardens, Katugastota to the north, and east to Kundasale, Tennekumbura and Gurudeniya.
Parks and gardens:
The Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5 km to the west of the city centre at Peradeniya and is visited by 2 million people per year. It is the largest botanical garden on the island extending to 147 acres and containing over 4000 species of plants. Knuckles Mountain Range in Kandy is a world heritage site of UNESCO. Alagalla Mountain Range also named in English as Potato Range both famous for trekking in Sri Lanka.
Things to do in Kandy:
Perahera is the most famous festival in Kandy usually in August. It's a pageant where many elephants participate. You can buy expensive seats or can see it with the crowd. Buy a seat from the Queens hotel. This will be around $40.
Kandyan dancing you can see this traditional form of dancing in the "Kandyan Cultural Center" near the Kandy lake. But prepare to be harassed by the guys with umbrellas, for what reason ever - you can easily spot them.
Buddhist Publication Societythis is located near the lake. You can participate in discussions about Buddhism, meditation or you can buy some introductory materials about Buddhism.
Attractions in Kandy:
New Ranweli Spice Garden located in close proximity to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden.
Bahirawakanda temple. The ominipresent Buddha statue seen from everywhere in Kandy city. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Temple or walk, just 1 km away from the Kandy city.
The Tea Museum, Hantane, Kandy. The ancient Tea Factory of Hantana Estate is converted into a Museum dedicated to the history of Sri Lankan Tea.
Temples situated around Kandy are some other popular tourist attractions.
Athur's seat for a panoramic view of the Kandy city.