Last Ancient Capital
Sacred City of Kandy is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Kandy is a highly populated city in the center of the country with interesting attractions that are worth a visit. The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy which is said to house the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is another valued place for devotees. Tourists have much to see at this beautiful temple which lies alongside one of Sri Lanka’s most well-known landmarks - the Kandy Lake. During July/August this temple hosts the grand Esala Perahera which is an extremely colorful parade along the street of Kandy featuring traditional dancers, whip lashers, fire stuntmen, acrobats and colorfully adorned elephants. This is a once in a lifetime experience which draws visitors from all over the world to witness a truly Sri Lankan sacred pageant.
The temple of the sacred tooth relic
The temple also known as ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’ is a UNESCO heritage site.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) was originally built by the Kandyan Kings between 1687 and 1707, in order to house and honor the sacred tooth relic. The temple itself was badly damaged during the 18th century colonial wars against the Portuguese and Dutch, and the wooden structures were subsequently rebuilt using more robust stone. In more recent years, the temple was damaged by Hindu Tamil separatists in 1998, although once again, the tooth relic was unharmed.
Tourists have much to see at this beautiful temple which lies alongside one of Sri Lanka’s most well-known landmarks - the Kandy Lake. Buddhism is the prime religion in Sri Lanka and this temple remains the heart for religion and history.
There is a special ceremony call ‘Tevava’ which is a service ritual, three times a day every day. Tevava timings are 5.30AM to 7.00AM and 9.30AM to 11.00AM and in the evening 6.30PM to 8.00PM. During July/August this temple hosts the grand “Esala Perahera” which is an extremely colorful parade along the street of Kandy featuring traditional dancers, whip lashers, fire stuntmen, acrobats and colorfully adorned elephants. This is a once in a lifetime experience which draws visitors from all over the world to witness a truly Sri Lankan sacred pageant.
Cultural Dance Show
Kandy cultural show – Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. The beat a dancing from \"Salupliya\" depicting several demons, \"Thelme\" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. As many as 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed by Kandy lake club dance troop within the span of one hour.
The highlight of the show is the fire walking show, where the artists walk through a specially prepared fire pit, roughly 8 feet by 3 feet covered with red-hot charcoal, completely barefoot and emerges unharmed at the other end! Kandy cultural show leaflet describes the fire walking as having its roots in the Valmiki epic of \"Ramayana\", where the king of Sri Lanka Ravana abducts \"Sita\" the wife of Indian prince Rama and after regaining her in an epic battle with Ravana, she is made to prove her chastity by walking through fire barefoot, though the current devotees who perform fire walking in Sri Lanka seek the divine blessings of the Lord Karthekeyan & goddess Pathini. Kandy cultural show is a great way to spend the evening in Kandy, arrive a little early to secure the front row center seats and the Bar attached to the hall will no doubt raise your spirits while you wait for the show.