Kandy is the English name for the city of Maha Nuvara in the centre of Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era.
Kandy perches at an altitude of 1,640 feet, surrounded by hills and adorned with an artificial lake. Calm and beauty reign in this city that hosts one of the most beautiful temples of Ceylon, Dent Temple, that houses a sacred relic, a cuspid of the Buddha. It is a prized pilgrimage destination. Udawattakelle Forest, a nature reserve at the doorstep of the city, allows you to take a walk observing birds and monkeys. Also, make a stopover at the very impressive Peradeniya botanic garden, a sanctuary for lovers.
Around Kandy, many excursions are possible thanks to the Cultural Triangle.
Within the Cultural Triangle, the site of Dambulla has a monastery dating back to the 1st century BC carved into the stone. 5 caves correspond to 5 rooms containing frescoes and statues retracing the life of Buddha. Explore Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of the kings of Ceylon in the 11th century. Many remains of statues, palaces and temples are still visible. A lake contributed to the richness of the site, and a huge reservoir was built to irrigate the surrounding rice fields. You should also visit the site of Sigiriya. Continue on to Kandy, a holy city with many sanctuaries that attract worshippers.
Remember to dress appropriately when visiting places of worship.
Keep your shoes on when entering sacred places, talk about politics or religion, and wear clothing that is too short.
Indian-inspired dishes are common in Sri Lanka. Unlike in the coastal cities, you will not find many fish dishes in Kandy. However, chicken and spices are very popular.
As with everywhere in Sri Lanka, tourists will find precious stones, baskets, fabrics and saris, as well as tea and spices to take home.