Kandy, in the hills that hug the scenic shores of Bogambara Lake some 100km (62mi) northeast of the capital Colombo, is a Unesco World Heritage site and haven of traditional culture. The focal point of the city is the Temple of the Tooth, a beautiful structure dating back to the 16th century and one of the most sacred sites in the Buddhist faith. Each August the city streets come alive with the Kandy Esala Perahera, one of the most well-known religious celebrations in Sri Lanka. The 10-day event is among the most grand and lavish of Buddhist festivals. For a luxurious experience, book a stay at one of the best boutique hotels in Kandy. You can also visit with Culture Trip by joining our specially curated 12-day Sri Lanka adventure, led by our local insider.