The royal queens of the Kandyan Kings of Sri Lanka were referred to as Randholees. The Esela Perehera was referred to as the Randholee Perahera when the King participated, and his queens rode through the parade in beautifully decorated golden palanquins. The king and his queens joined the procession on the third night of the Esala Perahera. The procession includes a massive cast of participants including as many as a hundred caparisoned elephants, dignitaries dressed in traditional Kandyan costume, and hundreds of drummers, dancers and acrobats. The parade also comprises entertainers who dance, walk on stilts, twirl batons, crack whips, swing fire pots and carry banners.
Mrs. Suwanitha Senanayake, the Managing Director of Randholee Luxury Resorts, is a direct descendant of a randholee of the royal court of Kandy.