Distance from Kandy to Temple of the Tooth – 850 m (3 minutes)
Esala Maha Perahera also known as the “Dalada Perahera” or “The Festival of the Tooth” usually takes place in the months of July or August. It is a festival celebrated in grand style to pay homage to the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. The “perahera” or processions consists of traditional local fire dances, Kandyan dances, whip dances, cultural dances and elephants adorned in traditional and lavish garments. This procession is believed to have started when the sacred tooth relic was brought to Sri Lanka during the 4th century. The procession includes “The Kumbal Perahera”, The Randoli Perahera” on the Esala Poya Day and “The Day Perahera”.