Kandy situated in the centre of the island, is one of the largest cities in the country, second to Colombo. It was the last stronghold of the ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, before the British invaded in 1815. The last reigning king, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (of the Nayak dynasty and of South Indian ancestry) and was taken prisoner by the British upon the signing of the Kandyan Convention (between Kandyan Chiefs and the British). Even during that time as it is now, Kandy with its central location was an important transportation hub in the island. The route to Kandy is scenic, beautiful, and welcoming with its winding hills, and fresh air.
Kandy is also home to the Royal Palace and known for its religious monument, the Dalada Maligawa (also known as the Temple of the Tooth Relic). It is home to one of the relict teeth of Lord Buddha and is one of the holiest places of worship in the land, and a great Buddhist pilgrimage site the world over. The Royal Palace of Kandy, it was one part of the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the rest houses the National Museum of Kandy. One item should definitely be part of your travel itinerary while in Kandy.
Apart from taking in the religious and historical sites, you should also take the time to visit the beautiful parks and gardens in the area, such as the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya and the Royal Palace Park (also known as Wales Park that overlooks the Kandy Lake).