Kandy Esala Perahera – Colours, lights, and beats!

Would you like to view Sri Lanka’s most colourful and religious ceremony? With elephants clad in elegant garments, the Kandy Esala Perahera makes a breathtaking spectacle.

Image Credit- McKay Savage from Chennai, India, Sri Lanka – 029 – Kandy Temple of the Tooth, CC BY 2.0


‘Esala’ also known as the month of August marks the beginning of the raining season. Initially, this pageant was held to celebrate Devas’ victory over the Asuras. With the passage of time, it was organized to venerate the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The city of Kandy enchants the visitors who mill around the streets to view this eye-catching ceremony.

Festive atmosphere

The thrashing of whips indicates the commencement of the perahera. Moreover, the rhythmical throb of drums, stunning performances of Kandyan dancers and beautifully dressed-up elephants will take you to a real-life wonderland. Numerous torchbearers on either side of the streets are a significant highlight which adds colour and light to this fascinating pageant.


Those visiting this part of the country will come across a plethora of accommodation options to choose from. If you wish to enjoy the magnificence of the Esala Perahera, reserve your stay at one of the many Kandy hotels the likes of Cinnamon Citadel Kandy, prior to your visit.

The two phases

The perahera is held under two phases. The first six days are known as the Kumbal Perahera while the second phase is called the famous Randoli Perahera. The Dalaga Maligawa tusker bearing the sacred tooth relic is the cynosure of all eyes!

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+