Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural capital, is a lively city surrounded by rolling hills and forest which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom, and is famous for its lake and the renowned 'Temple of the Tooth' (below left), Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic. The sacred tooth of Buddha was reputedly snatched from the flames of his funeral pyre and eventually found its way to Sri Lanka towards the end of the 16th century. Every evening at around 6.30 you can witness the famous puja (religious ceremony) at the Temple of the Tooth, a somewhat chaotic event characterised by noisy drumming which can get very crowded, but is usually enjoyed by visitors. Every summer (the 2015 dates have not yet been announced) Kandy hosts the 10 day Esala Perahera Festival, centred on the Temple of the Tooth, with spectacular processions of richly-caparisoned elephants and thousands of drummers, dancers and acrobats (below right).