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Kandy District

Kandy is the English name for the city of Maha Nuvara (Senkadagalapura) in the centre of Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious city. It is the capital of the Central Province (which encompasses the districts of Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya) and also of Kandy District. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world. It was declared by the UNESCO has a world heritage in 1988.

  Province Central
  Total Area 1,940 km2
  Total Population 1,279,028
  Density 667/km2
Ethnicity Population % Of Total
Sinhalese 947,900 74.1%
Sri Lankan Tamils 52,052 4.1%
Sri Lankan Moors 168,049 13.1%
Indian Tamils 103,622 8.1%
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 7405 0.6%
Total 1,279,028 100.0%

Important Places

National parks


Caves Temple




Water Falls