Famous for Buddhist religious sites and pristine natural landscapes, the picturesque town of Kandy in central Sri Lanka is set on a plateau surrounded by mountains. The city is best known for the Temple of the Tooth, where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is said to reside. Being a hill station, the city experiences a cool and pleasant weather throughout the year, ideal for holidaying. There are myriad of things on offer for travelers. Go trekking in the Knuckles Mountain ranges, visit the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, explore the historical religious sites or just relax at Bogambara Lake; the list of things to do is endless. The city is also rich in arts and culture. Many historical structures and museums adorn the city. The National Museum of Kandy, the National Railway Museum, the Dalada Maligawa Museum, the Royal Palace of Kandy, the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue are some of the important landmarks in the city. During the festival of Esala Perahera, one of the inner caskets of the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is taken for a procession around the city on a royal elephant, followed by dancers, drummers, flag and torch bearers, all decked up in their traditional costumes.
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