Kandy is known as the center of the country. Throughout the year, Kandy is blessed with a cool temperature with the breeze comes from the Nuwara Wewa tank across the city.
Kandy has a dry weather during the 1st quarter of the year before monsoons hit the south west coast in May. Weather can be rough and unstable during May to July with a high rainfall due to the south west monsoon.
Sacred temple of tooth relic is the most important place to visit at Kandy. This sacred temple is worshiped by Buddhist in the country. It was built back in 1603 by king Rajasinghe II during the Kandyan era after the Portuguese attack to Kandy. The whole temple complex is located on the bank of Nuwara wewa Tank, which was also built by King Rajasinghe II. A Buddhist museum of Asia and another museum which is dedicated for a Royal Elephant is standing beside the temple. During the July is the most ideal time to visit there to enjoy the beautiful perahara pageant, which is happens annually with thousands of dancers, drummers and beautifully dressed Elephants.
The Kandy Esala Perahera generally called The Festival of the Tooth is a fantastic festival celebrated with stunning groups and is held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This genuine parade is held each year to pay regard to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. A stand-out picture of Sri Lanka, the parade includes various customary close-by moves, for instance, fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and distinctive other traditional dances, despite the elephants who are by and large finished with rich bits of dress. With the ordinary diya-kepeema custom, a water cutting tradition which is held at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, Kandy, Perahara closed in the end of the month.
The Road behind the temple will lead you to the Sanctuary of Udawaththa. It’s the only rainforest located the middle of a busy town in Sri Lanka. Few Buddhist monasteries are located deep inside the forest. So most of the people visit this sanctuary for almsgivings.
Udawaththa Sanctuary is rich with the all the qualities of being a tropical rain forest. We can watch most of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka in this sanctuary. Also, you can see the Kandy town in a bird’s eye view from the viewpoint at the highest place of the sanctuary.
If you use the road next to museum of Kandy, you will enter the land of tragedy stories back in 1817. Garrison cemetery also known as the European graveyard of Kandy, where the diplomatic and British officers rest in peace. It’s a nice and calm place with shady trees overlooking the Lake of Kandy. 195 of graves are located in the cemetery, tropical dieses like malaria was the cause of the most of deaths on that time. Nobody used this after 1951, and there is a small museum in a corner of the cemetery with related photographs and documents from the British colonial time.
Other than these places you can visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden to have a relaxing time under some shady trees and flower gardens in the Park. It’s known as a one of the biggest Orchid collections in Sri Lanka. Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka flows next to the garden and make beautiful scenarios of the nature. This garden is being a home for more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Famous Palm Avenue is also known as the lovers’ lane in the garden.