Kandy is Sri Lanka's second largest city after Colombo, and the capital of the Central Province. Surrounded by beautiful hill country and tea plantations, Kandy is a city that gives off a feeling off peace and serenity. The hill city is known to be the gateway to the central highlands, and the journeys from Colombo to Kandy, and then from Kandy to Nuwera Eliya are some of the most scenic you'll come across in Sri Lanka. The weather in Kandy is also ideal on most days, a satisfying balance between the sweltering heat of the tropical regions and the freezing cold farther up the hills.
Kandy is known as the cultural center of Sri Lanka, and is a designated World Heritage Site, thanks to it's historic and religious importance. The city was established in the 15th century, and was the last royal capital before it was invaded by the Portuguese. Today, the influence of its many rulers, from the Sinhalese kings to the Dutch, and then the British can be seen in many places around the city. The city is a seamless blend of the old and the new.
Kandy is home to the Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), which is one of the most sacred Buddhist places of worship in the world. Other locations of interest in Kandy include the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, the Royal Palace of Kandy, the Kandy Lake, the Kandy City Centre, and the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.