72 Miles from Colombo. Nestled in the mountains 1600ft above sea level is Kandy the living cultural centre of the country. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings until it was finally ceded to the British by agreement in 1815 A.D.
Kandy is the most sacred site with the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the ceremonial pageantry- the Kandy Perahera dating back to 1774, is held once a year in July or August.
Kandy is the famous centre of Arts and Culture, famous for its dance forms and music. Peradeniya Gardens (147 acres) at the entrance to the city is one of the best gardens in Asia, with over 5000 species of trees and plants.
Audience Hall, remains of the Royal Palace and other buildings, Natha, Vishnu, Pattini & Skanda Devala are some other places of interest.
When the Tooth Relic was brought to Sri Lanka in the reign of King Keerthi Sri Megha Varna (301-328 A.D.) the King housed it in the shrine called Dharmachakka, constructed by King Devanampiyatissa and thereafter the shrine came to know as the Daladage.
In the reign of King Datopatissa (639 – 650 A.D.) the building was burnt down, rebuilt by the King but destroyed by the Cholas. King Mahinda IV (965-972 A.D.) rebuilt it and one of his inscriptions at the site, names and identifies as Daladage.
This building is very close to the royal Palace of Anuradhapura.