Kandy served as capital of the Sinhalese rulers from 1592 until 1815
The city of Kandy was founded in the 14th Century by King Wickramabahu (1357-1374 CE). Throughout Ceylon history, Kandy has been considered the cultural capital of the island. Kandy is 500 meters above sea level and lies in the midst of hilly terrain. Kandy today is largely surrounded by extensive tea plantations.
This image published by The Colombo Apothecaries is apparently based on an original albumen photograph taken in the 1870s by the British photographer Charles Scowen who sold his negatives to the firm when he left Ceylon.