Kandy, once an impregnable fortress, was the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom. Today, this bustling city is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and home to the country’s holiest temple, the Temple of the Tooth. The Victoria Golf Club, home to one of the most scenic golf courses in Asia, the exotic Peradeniya botanical gardens and the popular Pinnewala elephant orphanage are a short drive away from Kandy. Kandy’s location in the heart of Sri Lanka also makes it ideal as a gateway to the picturesque hill country.
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Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom. It is a bustling city located amidst the hill country, once captured by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The lake and the nearby Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred relic, a tooth of the Lord Buddha, dominate the city.
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"Sri Lanka is a most beautiful Island and there is so much to see. To me, highlights were the elephant orphanage, the tea plantations and the safari but I did also enjoy visiting the temples and learning the culture."