Kandy is Sri Lanka's largest city after Colombo, and has a very
rich cultural and political history - often taking centre-stage in
the country's events.
The city was the capital of the Sinhalese monarchy (and the
country's last pre-colonial capital) and so there are a number of
associated buildings - such as the grand Royal Palace - that can
still be seen in the city today. Kandy is also a major Buddhist
centre; the incredible Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which is one of
the world's leading Buddhist sites, is situated here.
Despite being taken by the British in 1815, Kandy still remained
very much the hub of the island's cultural life. This is something
that is still apparent today, as the city also boasts many
beautiful green walks, an array of public gardens and a number of
ornate temples. In recognition of this lakeside city's immense
significance, Kandy is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.