Kandy: Last Capital of the Ancient Kings

SriLankaInStyle recently spent three days up in Kandy, visiting its market place, town and the sacred Temple of the Tooth as well as checking out the town's new luxury accommodation options. Folded around a man-made lake, Kandy is best to visit around this time of year, as the city gears up for the annual Kandy Perehera which takes place in the months of July and August.
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At the Millennium Elephant Foundation near Kandy great work is happening to care for elephants who have either been mistreated or whose owners cannot afford to keep them. Guests can help bathe the elephants as well as take short bare-back elephant rides.

At the Millennium Elephant Foundation near Kandy great work is happening to care for elephants who have either been mistreated or whose owners cannot afford to keep them. Guests can help bathe the elephants as well as take short bare-back elephant rides.

The Blue Lotus is the national flower of Sri Lanka and are sold near Buddhist and Hindu temples to be given as offerings at shrines

The Blue Lotus is the national flower of Sri Lanka and are sold near Buddhist and Hindu temples to be given as offerings at shrines

At the central Kandy Market you can find all kinds of local spices

At the central Kandy Market you can find all kinds of local spices

Summer means it's mangosteen season! As tropical a fruit as you can find and in plentiful supply in Kandy market and roadside stalls country-wide

Summer means it's mangosteen season! As tropical a fruit as you can find and in plentiful supply in Kandy market and roadside stalls country-wide

The Temple of the Tooth is a popular day trip for school children from all over Sri Lanka

The Temple of the Tooth is a popular day trip for school children from all over Sri Lanka

A 'podi nama', child monk is commonly known as a 'podi hamuduruwo' (small monk), often they are seen around the Kandy lake with friends

A 'podi nama', child monk is commonly known as a 'podi hamuduruwo' (small monk), often they are seen around the Kandy lake with friends

The Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of the Buddha is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. Its present house, the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dālada Māligāwa) in Kandy, Sri Lanka is considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world.

The Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of the Buddha is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. Its present house, the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dālada Māligāwa) in Kandy, Sri Lanka is considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world.

All aboard the happy bus!

All aboard the happy bus!

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