Heritage City Excursions – Kandy
One of the most significant cities in Sri Lanka's heritage
The UNESCO World Heritage listed “Sacred City of Kandy” is the second largest city in Sri Lanka and is steeped in political, cultural and religious history and indeed, played a central role in the tea plantation industry once tea production took sway in Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was previously known) in the latter part of the 19th century. The Kingdom of Kandy was established in the 14th century, becoming the country’s capital city in the 16th century.
Kandy is particularly famous for being home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Commonly known as the Dalada Maligawa, the temple is believed to house the left canine tooth retrieved from the Buddha’s funeral pyre. It is regarded as a symbolic representation of the living Buddha. Worshipping at the temple is believed to improve one’s karma immeasurably and the shrine receives a constant flow of worshippers and tourists alike.
The day trip to Kandy is in the company of a Tea Trails resident naturalist and the first stop is at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. A picnic lunch in the gardens ensues followed by a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Guests also have the option of making part of the commute by train, and the train ride is one of the most scenic as it winds its way along lush green mountains with vistas across valleys below.