Discover luxury hotels for Indian Ocean winter-sun escapes in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Meandering monks and pottering pilgrims abound, especially near the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The botanical gardens may be Asia’s finest (dubbed the 'Kandy Kew'), but you'll find lush pockets of plants popping up everywhere. Many of Kandy's dreamiest distractions lie outside the city: bustling artisans and spice merchants, working elephants wandering the verdant jungle and tempting tea plantations, which start within 40 minutes of town. Handily placed for exploring the Hill Country, the Cultural Triangle to the north or as a gateway to the east coast, Kandy is as sweet as it sounds.

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