The cultural and spiritual capital
Kandy is the cultural and spiritual capital of Sri Lanka. To get there, you can take the intercity buses from any major city of the island, which are much faster than normal buses and are air-conditioned. The city is organized around an artificial lake, and is 500m high, which helps keep the city cool. You can spend a week in Kandy without getting bored. The best time is at the end of July when there are processions and the Esara Perahera festival which light up the city for 10 days. Spiritual life is organized around the "Temple of the Tooth", which houses Buddha's tooth, and is a place of pilgrimage and the holiest of the country.