Festivals in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Kandy Esala Perahera

Kandy Esala Perahera
Kandy Esala Perahera

The Sri Lanka Kandy Esala Perahera takes place in Kandy, the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Kandy Esala Perahera, is the most colourful pageant in Si Lanka and takes place annually in July/August for 10 days usually in the night and culminates on Nikini Full Moon Poya Day and there is a Day Perahera (day time) which takes place the day after the Poya day. The relic casket or other sacred objects are paraded around the streets of Kandy, Sri Lanka in the vicinity of the Dalada Maligawa or the ‘Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic’ which located in Kandy, Sri Lanka Kandy in Sri Lanka is included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites mainly due to the Dalada Maligawa which is one of the most sacred places in the world for Buddhists, visited by thousands every day

Traditionally the Sri Lanka Kandy Esala Perahera is a fusion of the Sri Lanka Esala Perahera dating back to the 3rd Century BC which was a ritual dedicated for rainfall and the Sri Lanka Dalada Perahera is thought to have begun during the 4th Century AD when the Sacred Relic of Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka. This annual procession in Kandy, Sri Lanka, to venerate the Sacred Tooth Relic and has remained unbroken since then.

Nearly 300,000 - 400,000 Sri Lankans as well as tourists flock to see this fascinating procession, the Kandy Esala Perahera in Sri Lanka, law and order is maintained at its best level possible considering the numbers, to such an extent that when the Kandy Esala Perahera concludes for that night the crowds (Sri Lankans as well as visitors) disperse and the streets are empty and quiet within minutes.

The streets of Kandy, Sri Lanka are then cleaned up and the roads washed and ready for the next day’s event, the Kandy Esala Perahera in Sri Lanka.

We can tailor-make programmes to Sri Lanka according to your requirements to include the Kandy Esala Perahera along with other sights like Culture, Nature, Wildlife, Archaeology, Beach stay and even a game of golf if interested. The season for the beaches in Sri Lanka in July/August is on the Eastern coast like Nilaveli, Trincomallee, Passikudah, Arugam Bay to mention a few. However the beaches on the Western Coast of Sri Lanka like Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Ahungalla to mention a few are also pleasant at this time of the year.

Peraheras and Festivals

Kandy Esala Perahera

Kandy Esala Perahera

The Sri Lanka Kandy Esala Perahera takes place in Kandy.



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Navam Perahera

Navam Perahera

The Sri Lanka Navam Perahera takes place in Colombo.



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Kataragama Perahera

Kataragama Perahera

The Sri Lanka Kataragama Perahera takes place in Kataragama.


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Thaipusam Festival

Thaipusam Festival

The Sri Lanka Thaipusam Festival takes place in Kataragama.


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Nallur Festival

Nallur Festival

The Sri Lanka Nallur Festival takes place in Jaffna.


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Vesak Festival

Vesak Festival

The Sri Lanka Vesak Festival is held all over Sri Lanka.


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