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Sri Lankas hill capital is, perhaps, its most beautiful town. It is 488 metres above sea level, and next to Colombo,Kandy is Sri Lankas most visited place. The focal point of the town is the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa, where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined. The highlight of the year is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the relic casket is taken in procession, accompanied by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and some 100 elephants ,on ten glittering nights in July/August. There are numerous shrines and temples in and around Kandy, where you will see rare paintings, frescoes, and stone carvings.

Dont miss the Paradeniya Gardens, with an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Kandy is an exiting place for shopping, with souvenirs in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, and bronze.

Ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewellery and rush and reed-ware can also be purchased.

 

DIOCESE

 KANDY

Present Bishop

 Rt Rev. Dr. Joseph Vianney Fernando

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Harsha Nilanka Dias

Area

 349.04 km

No. of Catholics

 85,359

No. of Parishes

 25

No. of Churches

 33

No. of Diocesan Priests

38

No. of Religious Priests

46

No. of Rev. Sisters

 219

No. of Convents

40

No.of Junior Seminarians

 24

No. of Shrines

 02

No. of Elder's Homes

 03

No. of Children's Homes

 12

Name of 1st Bishop

 Most Rev. Dr. Clement Pagnani OSB

Name of 2nd Bishop

 Most Rev. Dr. Bede Beckmeyer OSB

Name of 3rd Bishop

 Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Regno OSB

Name of 4th Bishop

 Most Rev. Dr. Leo Nanayakkara OSB

Name of 5th Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Paul Perera

Name of 6th Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Vianney Fernando

Name of 7th Bishop

 

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