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Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

The city and the region has been known by many different names and versions of those names. Some scholars suggest that the original name of Kandy was Katubulu Nuwara located near present Watapuluwa. However, the more popular historical name is Senkadagala or Senkadagalapura, officially Senkadagala Siriwardhana Maha Nuwara (meaning 'great city of Senkadagala of growing resplendence'), generally shortened to 'Maha Nuwara'. According to folklore, this name originated from one of the several possible sources. One being the city was named after a brahmin with the name Senkanda who lived in a cave near by, and another being a queen of Vikramabahu III was named Senkanda, and after a coloured stone named Senkadagala. The Kingdom of Kandy has also been known by various names. The English name Kandy, which originated during the colonial era, is derived from an anglicised version of the Sinhalese Kanda Uda Rata (meaning the land on the mountain) or Kanda Uda Pas Rata (the five counties/countries on the mounta in ). The Portuguese shortened this to "Candea", using the name for both the kingdom and its capital. In Sinhalese, Kandy is called Maha nuwara, meaning "Great City" or "Capital", although this is most often shortened to Nuwara

Kandy is located in the mountainous and thickly forested interior of the island. The city is located in between multiple mountain ranges including the Knuckles mountain range and the Hanthana Mountain Range, giving the city an elevation of 500 metres (1,600 ft) above sea level. It lies adjacent to the artificial Kandy Lake and south of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary.Today Udawatte Kele is reducing its area.

Kandy is very popular due to the annual procession known as the Esala Perahera, in which one of the inner caskets used for covering the tooth relic of Buddha is taken in a grand procession through the streets of the city. This casket is taken on a royal tusker. The procession includes traditional dancers and drummers, flag bearers of the provinces of the old Kandyan kingdom, the Nilames (lay custodians of temples ) wearing their traditional dresses, torch bearers and also the grandly attired elephant. This ceremony which is annually held in the months of July or August, attracts large crowds from all parts of the country and also many foreign tourists.

A must do activity while you are in this beautiful landscape is to take the scenic Train Journey from one part to another.
Uphill Journey
From From / To To
  Nanu Oya Railway Station
@ 09.20hrs / Train # 1126
Ella Railway Station
@ 12.30hrs / Train # 1126
Kandy Railway Station
@ 08.45hrs / Train # 1005
Nanu Oya Railway Station
@ 12.40hrs / Train # 1005
Ella Railway Station
@ 15.15hrs / Train # 1005
Kandy Railway Station
@ 11.10hrs / Train # 1015
Nanu Oya Railway Station
@ 14.45hrs / Train # 1015
Ella Railway Station
@ 17.15hrs / Train # 1015
Peradeniya Railway Station
@ 12.30hrs / Train # 1007
Nanu Oya Railway Station
@ 15.50hrs / Train # 1007
Ella Railway Station
@ 18.20hrs / Train # 1007
     
Downhill Journey
  Nanu Oya Railway Station
@ 09.20 / Train # 1016
Peradeniya Railway Station
@ 12.35hrs / Train # 1016
Ella Railway Station
@ 09.25hrs / Train # 1006
Nanu Oya Railway Station
@ 11.55hrs / Train # 1006
Kandy Railway Station
@ 15.50hrs / Train # 1006
Ella Railway Station
@ 11.55hrs / Train # 1008
Nanu Oya Railway Station
@ 14.35 / Train # 1008
Peradeniya Railway Station
@ 18.20hrs / Train # 1008
Ella Railway Station
@ 12.50hrs (Weekday)
@ 14.40hrs (Weekend)
Train # 1596
Nanu Oya Railway Station
@ 16.50hrs (Weekday)
@ 18.40hrs (Weekend)
Train # 1596