Kandy, the gateway to Sri Lanka’s hill country, dazzles every August with a magnificent procession of elephants and drummers.Photo Credit: Dhanush de Costa
Kandy Perehara: In August each year, the spectacular Esala Perehara winds its way through the streets of Kandy. This is a time when tradition, religion, and the arts all come together in honour of Lord Buddha. For ten nights under the moonlit sky, Kandy dazzles. Musicians, dancers, Kandyan chieftains and hundreds of elephants dressed in glittering royal finery move to the rhythm of the Kandyan drums. Reels of white carpet are laid on the roads for one special elephant, the temple tusker that bears the tooth relic of Lord Buddha encased in a golden casket. This historic ritual is one of the finest festivals in Asia. Donald Steel Golf Tournament: The annual Donald Steel Trophy takes place at the Victoria Golf & Country Resort in February. An anticipated event in the Sri Lanka Golf Calendar, this amateur golf tournament attracts more than 100 players from about 15 countries including golfers from the UK, Canada and New Zealand.