Kandy is the English name for the city of Maha Nuvara located 115km from Colombo and at 465 meters above sea level. Surrounded by hills, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, the road journey to Kandy takes about 3 hours from Colombo and follows a green lush scenic beauty and steep mountains.
Kandy has become one of the major tourist destinations and used to be the last royal capital of Sri Lanka. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth; the temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is one of the holiest shrines in the entire Buddhist world and is situated in the heart of Kandy.
Every year, either in July or August, the Sri Lankan hill town of Kandy hosts the Esala Perahera, a full-moon procession that is one of the most extraordinary religious festivals in Asia and is the most spectacular event of Sri Lanka. The festival is held to honour the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha and it is a tourist magnet to the hill country.
Kandy is world famous for its natural beauty and pleasing climatic conditions. The natural beauty simply captures anyone’s heart and leaves you breathless for a moment gazing upon its mountainous terrain that are green, green and more green, everywhere. Unlike Colombo, you enjoy the climate and weather conditions here..
Since Kandy is nearly half a kilometre above sea level, it provides a cooler climate than much of the rest of Sri Lanka. The temperatures range from around 24°C -28°C.
Rainfall can happen at any time all year round, though there are two main monsoon seasons where it rains heavily. The monsoon season is from May through July as well as December and January where weather can be both rough and unstable.