Sunday, April 14, 2013
For those who do not know what the Esala Perahera is - it is an exhibition of the tooth relic of The Buddha (as a symbol, the inner cast is displayed on the back of a majestic elephant) which was brought to Sri Lanka from India about 2,000 years ago. The festival is also meant to evoke the Gods to produce rain for the cultivation of crops, good health and fertility. The Perahera consists of hundreds of dancers and drummers, about 70 colourful elephants, fire jugglers and other performers, which is generally about 2 km long. It is one of the busiest periods in Kandy as people from all corners of the country come here to pay homage to The Buddha and which has also turned out to be a big tourist attraction with an ever-increasing demand for tickets.
The festival takes place for about 12 days in August and is set to take place from the 11th to the 21st August, with the 5-day Randoli Perahera starting on the 16th and the Day-Perahera on the 21st. The Randoli Perahera is a larger and more beautiful procession with more elephants and drummers.
For our guests we will be giving a service of not only booking tickets, but also providing transport at a reasonable costs by our 4x4 jeep that can transport max. 9 persons. You will be brought and picked up behind the Dalada Maligawa (temple of the tooth) which is a 10 minute walk to the main entrance of the Temple where the processions starts.
For more information feel free to contact us.