KANDY
   

Kandy is one of the most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka that is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural value. Spread over an area of around 1940 square kilometers, it is counted amongst the world heritage sites of UNESCO. The city promises a number of tourist attractions that include the Old Royal Palace and the famous Temple of Tooth. The latter consists of the sacred relic of Buddha’s tooth because of which Kandy is regarded as one of the most sacred places by Buddhists. Other holy spots include the Gadaladeniya Temple and the Lankathilake Temple.

Kandy offers an exciting shopping experience with souvenirs ranging from precious stones and handmade laces to stone and wooden carvings. If you visit the city in the month of August, you can get a taste of Kandy Esala Perehera, an annual ritual of the Sacred Tooth Temple. Thus, your vacation can be an enriching and cultural uplifting one if you choose this sacred and beautiful city.

Kandyan Dancers

Developed from the period of Kandyan kings, the iconic Kandyan-style dance forms are a dramatic depiction of the movements of birds and animals and are an explosion of colours and sounds - an absolute must-see in the itinerary of a tourist. The costumes of Kandyan dancers are colourful with white, red, yellow and black mixed. The male dancers with their bare chests decorated with exquisitely silver regalia and spectacular headgear; wear silver bangles on their arms and ankles. The performance is companied with hectic rhythms of drums called gata bera. To assist the dancer to keep rhythm a small pair of cymbals knows as the Thalampota is also used. The Vannams (acts) however have lyrics that are sung in tune with the movements of the dancer. These lyrics sing about the virtues of the animal that the Vannama is depicting. There are 18 main dances in Kandyan Style.

Kandyan Dancing shows and acts could be seen at a number of locations in Kandy town and on certain nights, arranged by the hotel as entertainment for in-house guests.