In the morning, take a tour of Kandy - highlights will include the Temple of the Tooth and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. The afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight in Kandy.
Overnight in Swiss Residence Hotel, Kandy
Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner
Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka. Capital of the Central Province, Kandy is both a commercial and religious city; the latter being the predominant reason why the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by mist clinging hills, Kandy is prone to soft drizzle and grey skies. However, its wet climate only illuminates the rich colours of its colonial houses and intricate silk saris worn by local women. The picturesque region of Kandy is also home to The Esala Perahera, one of the oldest and grandest Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka to commemorate the first teaching given by the Buddha, and the longest river in the country, the Mahaweli River.
The Temple of the Tooth, also known as Sri Dalada, is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy. Home to Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha – it has played a central role in local politics. For centuries it has been believed that whoever held the tooth would also hold governance of the country, hence why Kandy is the country’s sacred city.
The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya lie near to the Maheweli River, just outside of the city of Kandy. Historically, these gardens were kept closed and reserved for Kandyan royalty. They are known today as the largest and most impressive botanical gardens in Sri Lanka - with over 4000 species of plants, including a beautiful collection of orchids.