Kandy is surrounded by mountains and stands on the banks of the Mahaweli, the island’s largest river. As Sri Lanka’s hill capital, it is a city of proud people since it was the final stronghold of Sinhala Royalty until the British seized the town in 1815. It also has Buddhism’s pinnacle of worship, the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, which is housed in the Dalada Maligawa, making it the island’s center of religion and culture.