Once the capital of Sri Lanka in the sixteenth century, Kandy is the only "real" city after Colombo.
It is a sacred city deeply entwined with Buddhism and is home to the Royal Palace and the temple of the "Tooth Of Buddha" a famous pilgrimage site.
Kandy is under three hours by regular train services from Colombo and a link to Nuwara Eliya hill station.
It is dotted with places to stay including family run guesthouses, hotel villas, and 4 star hotels. Three wheelers called tuk-tuks are a cheap and cheerful way to explore Kandy.
For the fitness enthusiast a walk could include temples, lakes, shops and the shopping centre.
Adams peak about 30 miles south of Kandy is sacred to both Christians and
Muslims as it is believed that Adam first set food on earth after being cast out