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Kandy stands out as one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. It holds the honour of being the country’s second-largest city, surrounded by mountain ranges and tea plantations. In Sinhala, Kandy is often referred to as “Maha Nuwara,” signifying the “Great City.” Additionally, it goes by the name “Kanda Uda Rata,” which translates to “the land of the mountain.” Located just a 3-hour drive from the capital city of Colombo, Kandy draws people of all ages, particularly on weekends, to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, famous for its diverse collection of plant species.

The heart of Kandy is filled with historic colonial buildings and street vendors. Kandy is home to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, within the Golden-roofed Temple known as Sri Dalada Maligawa. Once the capital during the era of ancient kings in Sri Lanka, Kandy has a rich historical heritage and was rightfully declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Visitors to Kandy can choose from a variety of accommodations, ranging from luxurious five-star hotels to mid-range options and budget-friendly hostels, ensuring a unique and diverse experience with its range of attractions both within the city and its surroundings. Delux Holidays is here to make your holiday to Kandy exceptional! Contact Tour Operator to Sri Lanka – Delux Holidays to visit Kandy.


Kandy’s name is derived from the Sinhala word “Kanda,” which means “mountain”, due to its geographical location.

Kandy is referred to in Sinhala as Maha Nuvara, and means “Great City” or “Capital,” though it is most frequently abbreviated to “Nuvara.”

The city holds one of the most significant Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in Sri Lanka and the globe – the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa). It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. This temple has a shrine where the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is preserved. Kandy is a mountainous city that is a nature lover’s paradise.

There are plenty of things to do and places to visit in and around Kandy from, leisurely strolls through the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and Udawatte Kele Forest Sanctuary to witnessing magnificent cultural performances and religious parades.

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