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KANDY, SRI LANKA
Kandy, the last Royal capital of Sri Lanka, is situated amongst wooded hills on the shores of a lake and, due to its rambling colonial buildings and temples, could be called the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.
Its most famous temple is the Temple of the Tooth, named thus as it is said to hold Buddha's tooth. Every year in July or August a festival is held called Kandy Perahera, at which the golden caskets are paraded around the city accompanied by drummers, dancers, chieftains and more than 50 elephants.
Established in the 15th-century, Kandy is a bustling market town, rich in cultural diversity and is a good transit point for the cultural triangle to the north or the hill country to the south.
Best time to be there
During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.
Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)
10 hours non-stop
GMT +6 hours
Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.
Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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