Oh! Kandy, in this beautiful Isle
Seat of ancient kings and national pride
Everywhere is seen her enchanting smile
With Kandyan damsels, walking head high.
The gurgling Mahaweli slithers her way
Through mountains, valleys, hills and dales
Majestic jumbos bathe during perahera
Mahouts besides, to keep them at bay.
The fragrant flowers, murmuring brooks
The singing of the birds from every nook
Where devas and mortals worship the
Gives Kandy a paradise look.
Fancy free people, gentle and kind
Lead simple lives in Kandyan pride
The climate is cool, but the sun shines
Make visitors feel cosy, fine and nice.
The Peradeniya Gardens near varsity site
The river Mahaweli flows gently by
These are the sights that please the eye
Where else do we get these enchanting
Kandyan ‘Menikes’ bewitchingly fair
In Kandyan sari, with parted hair
In hundreds they come to the Esala
Making Lotharios, simply stand and stare.
Their coy, shy, side glancing smile
Hip-swaying walk makes one sigh and pine
This sight of damsels passing by
Heightens the beauty of this blessed Isle.
The name of courageous Madduma Bandara
The fierce battle at Gannoruwa
The unique Kandyan architecture
Adds lustre to the island’s ancient culture.
Days, weeks, months and years may pass
But Kandy’s beauty will always last
It will never be a thing of the distant past
As the Sacred Tooth will religiously guard.