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Being one of the grandest and oldest festivals in the country, Esala Perahera is a colourful procession full of lavishly dressed elephants, traditional dancers, drummers, jugglers, musicians, fire-dancers, and more. The Perahera is held annually by the Temple of the tooth Kandy displaying the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha to the public. The procession held for 10 days is a spectacle of cultural grandeur of Sri Lanka which binds with core Buddhist religious rituals and beliefs. With a history that runs back to the date the 3rd century, BC Esala Perahera is a ritual enacted to request the gods for rainfall.
In this year, you can witness this beautiful procession that lights the streets of Kandy at night with a wave of colour, attracting thousands of devotees from island-wide and visitors all around the world from August 17 to August 27 with us.
Important: Kumbal Perahera, Randoli Perahera and day Perahera all feature very similar processions. However last Randoli Perahera is known to be the grandest and no matter you be there for all the 10 nights straight you will not get enough and will want to come back next year too.