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Kandy: Last Capital of the Ancient Kings

SriLankaInStyle recently spent three days up in Kandy, visiting its market place, town and the sacred Temple of the Tooth as well as checking out the town's new luxury accommodation options. Folded around a man-made lake, Kandy is best to visit around this time of year, as the city gears up for the annual Kandy Perehera which takes place in the months of July and August.
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Summer means it's mangosteen season! As tropical a fruit as you can find and in plentiful supply in Kandy market and roadside stalls country-wide

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Kandy | මහනුවර | கண்டி

At the central Kandy Market you can find all kinds of local spices

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The Blue Lotus is the national flower of Sri Lanka and are sold near Buddhist and Hindu temples to be given as offerings at shrines

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At the Millennium Elephant Foundation near Kandy great work is happening to care for elephants who have either been mistreated or whose owners cannot afford to keep them. Guests can help bathe the elephants as well as take short bare-back elephant rides.

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A 'podi nama', child monk is commonly known as a 'podi hamuduruwo' (small monk), often they are seen around the Kandy lake with friends

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The Temple of the Tooth is a popular day trip for school children from all over Sri Lanka

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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව) (ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව)

The Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of the Buddha is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. Its present house, the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dālada Māligāwa) in Kandy, Sri Lanka is considered the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world.