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Kandy holiday, Sri Lanka

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Holiday in Kandy city – Background

The garden city of Kandy is located in the mountainous, tea country Central Province of Sri Lanka.  Kandy is the hill country capital of Sri Lanka.  Holiday in Kandy in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical tea plantations.

Culturally unique Kandy is less than 75 minutes drive from Mas Villa and is a must visit during your holiday in the hills at unique Mas Villa in Kotmale, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

A Kandy holiday amidst tropical tea plantations,is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka being an administrative as well as a religious city. It is the capital of the Central Province (which encompasses the districts of Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya) and also of Kandy District.

Kandy Sri Lanka is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa), Kandy is one of the most venerated places by the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and overseas. The world famous annual cultural Esala Perahera, held in the month of August is well known throughout the world.  Kandy was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.

Lying at an elevation of 465 metres (1,526 feet) above sea level, the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka developed around two open spaces: an elongated square, at the end of which are the administration buildings of the old capital, and an artificial lake that is quadrangular in shape.

On the north shore of the Kandy lake, which is enclosed by a parapet of white stone dating to the beginning of the 19th century, are the city’s official religious monuments, including the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth or the Dalada Maligawa.

Reconstructed in the 18th century, the Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa is built on a base of granite that was inspired by the temples of Sri Lanka’s former capital city, Anuradhapura. A wide range of materials (limestone, marble, wood, ivory, etc.) contribute to the richness of this temple. Throughout this small holy city of kandy, a number of recent Buddhist monasteries can be found.

A visit to Kandy encompasses the town of Peradeniya, home to the University of Peradeniya and the famous Botanical Gardens, the town of Katugastota (to the north), and the towns of Kundasale, Tennekumbura and Gurudeniya (to the east).

A holiday in Kandy will take you to the mountainous, thickly forested central region of Sri Lanka.  Kandy is located in between multiple mountain ranges including the Knuckles mountain range and the Hanthana mountain range, giving the city an elevation of 1,526 feet above sea level. It lies adjacent to the artificial Kandy Lake and south of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary.

With Kandy city located in the centre of the island and at a high elevation, Kandy city has a relatively wetter and cooler temperatures than that of the tropical climate of the rest of the country, especially the coastal regions and is ideal for a relaxed vacation in the mountains.

Kandy city climate

Kandy in the hills has its dry season from December through to April. From May through to July and December to January the region experiences its monsoon season, during this time the weather is rough and unstable.

The island being in the northern hemisphere gives Kandy it coldest month in January and its hottest in July. From March through the middle of May is the intermonsoonal period, during this time there is light rain and strong humidity. The humidity is generally between 70% to 79%

The Kandy Temple of Tooth perahera

The people of Kandy or ‘Kandyans’, do many things for leisure and entertainment in the city. Kandy is very popular due to the annual procession known as the Esala Perahera, in which one of the inner caskets used for covering the tooth relic of Buddha is taken in a grand procession through the streets of the city. This casket is taken on a royal tusker.

The procession includes traditional dancers and drummers, flag bearers of the provinces of the old Kandyan kingdom, the Nilames (lay custodians of temples) wearing their traditional dresses, torch bearers and also the grandly attired elephant. This ceremony which is annually held in the month of August, attracts large crowds from all parts of the country and many foreign tourists.

Do more on your holiday in the hills

Kandy City Centre (KCC) is a new commercial and shopping complex at Dalada Veediya. It is the most modern commercial complex in Sri Lanka. This modern shopping complex incorporates traditional architecture of Kandy from the medieval period of Sri Lanka.

The Kandy City Centre has many leading banks, shops for souvenir hunters, a well stocked supermarket, modern restaurants, entertainment zone, a well designed food court, leading book shops etc.  The five storey car park of the KCC is the largest car park in Kandy.

A visit to Kandy and its many tourist attractions is a must during your stay at Mas Villa in Kotmale Kandy.  A well planned itinerary for a day tour of Kandy city from Mas Villa in is easily planned with all exciting hot spots to be visited.

(Information courtesy, Wikipedia.org)