Want to escape the heat in the plains? Head over to the hill city of Kandy, locally known as Maha Nuvara. It is the second-largest city of Sri Lanka and an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination, especially for those belonging to the Theravada school.
The Kanday Perahera is the busiest time for religious visitors. There is also the charm of being surrounded by tropical plantations in the hills and the most important cash crop is Ceylon tea, samples of which can easily be purchased in the city.