The Kingdom of Kandy retains an almost legendary place

Established deep in the impenetrable hills at the heart of the island, the kingdom resisted repeated attacks by the Portuguese and the Dutch, clinging stubbornly to its independence throughout the dark centuries during which other parts of the island fell

A centre for the arts, culture and religion

This long history of political independence still informs many aspects of life in Kandy. The city remains a bastion of Sinhalese culture and religion, home to the island’s most revered Buddhist temple, the Temple of the Tooth, its most sacred relic and its most magnificent festival, the Esala Perahera.