Ancient Sri Lanka capital city of Kandy, ‘the charming citadel of the hills’, featured by Time Out magazine


Time Out magazine’s Sri Lanka edition is highlighting Kandy, our island nation’s ancient inland capital city and home to our most revered Bhuddist relic.

Staff writer Swetha notes that this tourist magnet “is a quaint town amidst the cooling climes of the island with a rich heritage and legendary tales to reveal to the traveller”.

“Kandy, being the cultural capital of the island, is one of the destinations of the cultural triangle and thus many significant features including its unique architecture.”


At the heart of this bustling Hill Country citadel is the Sri Dalada Maligawa—the Temple of the Tooth—which hosts the annual Esala Perahera in August

This amazing cultural extravaganza, complete with caparisoned elephants and resplendent ceremony, transforms Kandy into a must-see spectacle. See The pulsating beat of the Esala Perahera.

This takes place along the shoreline of Kandy Lake, an impressive landmark built during the reign of the last king of Kandy, and now the landing place for Cinnamon Air’s regular seaplane service.


Another landmark is the Embekke Devale, believed to have been built by King Wickramabahu III and devoted for the worship of Kataragama Deviyo.

Another experience not to be missed is a walk in Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, with its 147 acres of exotic trees and flowers.

And, of course, there is the Bahirawakanda (in the video above), the pristine white Buddha statue in a seated posture that. Visitors can reach the hill top and immerse in breath-taking views of the entire city.

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