Located in the heart of Sri Lanka, the city of Kandy is the host of one of Asia’s most spectacular festivals—the Esala Perahera. This festival is held annually in the summer to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic—a tooth that is believed to belong to Buddha that was left behind following the cremation of his body. The tooth is presently held in the Temple of the Tooth, where the public goes to venerate it during the festival. The festival is known for its multiple processions, colorful costumes, fire dancing and elephants dressed in jeweled garb.
In addition to the Esala Perahera Festival, Kandy is also known for its lush, tropical forests, temples and palaces, museums and larger-than-life Buddha statue. It is also known as Sri Lanka’s cultural capital and is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List.