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Kandy

Kandy
Administration
Full nameKandy
Native nameමහ නුවර
கண்டி
Native name langsi
Settlement typeCity
MottoLoyal and Free
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceCentral Province
DistrictKandy District
Divisional SecretariatKandy Divisional Secretariat
Senkadagalapura14th century
Kandy Municipal Council1865
Vikramabahu III
Government
TypeMunicipal Council
BodyKandy Municipal Council
MayorRaja Pushpakumara
Geography
Total Area748.8 sq mi (1940 km2)
Land Area740 sq mi (1917 km2)
Water Area8.9 sq mi (23 km2)
Elevation1640.4 ft (500 m)
Demography
Total Population110049 (2001)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
DemonymKandyan
Other information
Time zoneSri Lanka Time (UTC+05:30)

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Kandy ( Maha Nuvara, pronounced -simahaˈnuʋərə; kaṇṭi, pronounced -taˈkaɳɖi) is a city in the center 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 a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.


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