The last bastion to be conquered by the British, Kandy is known as the hill capital of Sri Lanka. Culturally, the city boasts of a blend of British legendary and Sinhala heritage. The English did establish many institutes such as the Schools and Churches etching their imprints of language, culture and lifestyles that could be noticed even today. Hence, for a tourist it would sound familiar when meandering about and communicating with the local folk.
Besides, the aforementioned famed Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy has many attractions in and around. The Kandy Lake right in the middle is a cynosure. It was built by one of the kings and is preserved by the City Lords and kept clean somewhat. This artificial lake gives the landscape an enviable attraction often found in all tourism related photos in magazines and souvenirs. It serves as the Landmark for Kandy along with the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple which is within a few meters away from the lake.
Kandy is also famous for many tourist hotspots serving as a transit to other sites. For instance, it is an ideal stopover on your way from say Dambulla, Sigiriya or Matale to proceed towards Nuwara Eliya or while returning from the hills to the lowlands. But on the outskirt of the City is the famous botanical garden that cannot be missed. The night can be spent at the star hotels and guest houses around the lake or up on the hills with panoramic views. Also do not miss the entertainment shows staging Kandyan dancers and drummers, the traditional taste.