Amazing city right by the lake. Several temples to visit in the close area and tea houses in the city. Calmer than Colombo - would recommend.
What should I say, thousands and thousands of people, it stinks, it's hot, it's dirty. But you should have seen it. It's really impressive to imagine how the people live here. And no photo could show you that.
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988, Kandy is the cultural capital and second largest city of Sri Lanka. The city is located in the mountainous Central Province of the island, thus it enjoys a cooler climate than Colombo. Visitors come to Kandy to explore and experience Sinhala culture, cuisine and natural environment.
The Singhalese cultural capital, the almost-hill town of Kandy centers around the lovely artificial lake and famed Buddhist Temple of the Tooth at its center. Arguably the most touristy non-beach site in Lanka, it's not a place to linger in too long, but isn't without attractions. With a wealth of Buddhist temples along the lake's south edge, plus the park surrounding the Temple of the Tooth itself, it can easily occupy a full day, though nothing about the town is likely to change your life.