Despite now being the island’s second-largest city, Kandy retains a surprisingly small-town experience, its modest grid of low-rise streets are lined with characteristic colonial-era buildings and preserve a certain old-fashioned, countrified charm which even the often dense throngs of traffic and pedestrians can’t entirely obscure.
At the west end of the centre Kandy Lake provides the city’s scenic centerpiece. This fine expanse of water is bounded with elegant white balustrades, characteristic of Kandyan architecture and backed by the buildings of the Temple of the Tooth and the Royal Palace complex – particularly striking when seen from the south, with the neat white buildings framed against the rich green backdrop of the Udawatakelle Sanctuary behind and charmingly reflected in the waters of the lake in front.
Kandy is simply romantic. Words cannot describe why Kandy has today become the most visited city by all tourists to Sri Lanka.