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In the heart of the Central Highlands of the island of Sri Lanka lies the former Kingdom of Kandy. Protected by natural hills and mountains, in the glorious days of the Kingdom, Kandy was an impenetrable citadel that almost no foreign enemy or coloniser could access. Remaining within the control of the King since the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505, the Kingdom witnessed its downfall with the signing of an agreement with the British in 1815. Exactly two centuries later, the country has achieved independence, survived a brutal civil war and is tentatively progressing towards democracy and a flourishing economy. In the heart of the island lies the former Kingdom whose days of glory are scarce forgotten. The city is located 3 hours away from the capital, Colombo, and therefore, it is recommended that one stays overnight at a hotel such as Earls Regency Hotel in order to enjoy the beauty of highlands in its natural splendour without being fatigued.
Furthermore, given that some of the best restaurents in Kandy are found in the city centre, a trip to the heart of the city would not be in vain. Some of the best attractions in Kandy are found surrounding the Nuwara Wewa, such as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kataragama Devalaya, Hantane Hill and the famed Bahirawa Kanda. Therefore, for those who wish to indulge in some retail therapy subsequent to an eventful day of exploration, the Kandy City Centre Shopping Mall is the perfect outlet.
Surrounded by numerous religious places of worship and overlooking the Nuwara Wewa, the Kandy City Centre hosts a number of clothing shops such as Cotton Collection, Planet Fashion, NIKE Levis Giordano Store, Kelly Felder and many more. Furthermore, the Centre is replete with food stalls ranging from baked French goods from Louis to snacks at Royal Cashew. Therefore, Kandy City Centre is a wonderful place to visit to indulge in some retail therapy and pick up some souvenirs.