Kandy, located in the hills that hug the scenic shores of Bogambara Lake some 100km northeast of Sri Lanka’s 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 Sri Lanka’s most well-known religious celebrations. 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.