Kandy is the second-largest city in Sri Lanka, as well as the hill country’s capital and a sacred city. It is the location of the fabled Temple of the Tooth, which houses Buddha’s most prized relic. It was Sri Lanka’s last ancient kingdom before the nation was conquered by the British. It’s the first stop before heading deep into the highlands and tea country, to locations like Nuwara Eliya and Ella. Kandy’s notable architecture and culture continue to be dominant in Sinhala Buddhist culture. Kandy was Sri Lanka’s last stronghold, so it played an important role in British colonialism. Kandy Perehara has been one of the most prominent religious celebrations in the country for generations.