Kandy, "the Great City"
Kandy, in Singala Maha Nuwara that means "the Great City" is the previous capital and the second largest city after Colombo. The city was named Kandy by the British, its historical name is Senkadagalapura; Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese Kings from 1592 to 1815. Kandy situated 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level is often called the capital of hill country. The city is easily accessible from various parts of the county with trains and intercity buses.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa in the Sinhala Language) is a UNESCO world heritage site, a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy and a famous pilgrimage place. The Temple is situated in the royal palace complex, which enshrines important Buddhist relics of the sacred tooth of Buddha brought from India in the 4th century. A part of the royal palace complex houses National Museum with over 5000 artifacts depicting events from the Kandy Kingdom (15-19 centuries) and the British colonial period. In this building the various valuable items made by Kandy Art Association formed in 1832 and technicians were collected; the museum was opened in 1942.
The largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka is Peradeniya Botanical Garden situated near Kandy in Peradeniya. Its area is 147 acres, over 4000 kinds of plants are cultivated here. The small orchid garden is very beautiful. Peradeniya Botanical Garden is visited annually by 2 million people.
One of the largest spectacular paraheras in Sri Lanka, the Esala Perahera, is held over 10 days in Kandy annually in July or August. The casket used for maintaining the tooth relic of Buddha is carried on a costumed royal tusker accompanied by temple custodians, flag bearers, over 70 ornamented elephants, drummers, dancers and other street performers. The grand procession moving through the streets of the city attracts large crowds of Sri Lankans and foreign tourists from all over the world.
Sigiriya Rock is a spectacular hill nearly 200 meters high, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in Sigiriya, Matale District.
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