Witness Kandy as it continues to make history.
The Kandyan kingdom, located 488 meters above sea level, is the last stronghold of the Sri Lankan monarchy and to this day, the city stands strong in the knowledge of this proud legacy. From 1590, for 225 years, Kandy was the Capital city, the kingdom of the island and home to the Sacred Tooth Relic.
The kingdom held strong against invasions by the Portuguese and the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries, respectively, and even against the British in the 19th century.
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This glorious rule however, came to an end when its chieftains submitted to the British colonizers in 1815. In spite of the turmoil and change, Kandy has always preserved its function as the religious capital of Sri Lanka and a revered pilgrimage for those who practice the original form of Buddhism.
It is difficult to imagine a place that has more variety to offer visitors than Kandy. It is the centre of traditional Sri Lankan culture. Visitors flock here to visit the 'Dalada Maligawa', the temple of the Tooth Relic; to witness the 'Nuwara Perehera', probably Asia's biggest and most colorful parade featuring over 100 elephants; to explore the many historic temples and shrines; to understand the Kandyan architecture, arts and craftsmanship; to enjoy world famous Sri Lankan tea amid sprawling tea plantations; to play a game of golf in the hills and to delight in the pleasant Kandyan climate.
These and much more amazing tapestry of qualities define the city's character. There is no better time than the present to re-live the glorious past at Chaaya Citadel Kandy.