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Rated among the major cities of Sri Lanka, Kandy is a special city. Surrounded by dense forests and mountain ranges, acquiring a height of 500 meters from the sea level, the tourist plces in this town gives you a feeling that you are living in a modern valley. Nature supports this place immensely and makes it the city with a pleasant climate. A city with lakes and special landscapes is always a delight when you plan to spend some romantic evenings and playful late nights while mooning around.

Kandy has a rich historical background covering the major events of the medieval era and colonial era. Every square inch of this nicely planned town has a piece of Sri Lankan history to share with you. You can feel the pulse of royalty in some colonial architecture and feel the divine blessings while visiting a large temple where science meets religion and together they try to explain the complexity of life. The Colonial-era constructions left an imprint on various cities of the world, current generations term these imprints as "old world charms." While moving in the capacity of a tourist, Kandy gives you this opportunity to capture the old world charm where the ambiance of the city plays a pivotal role and transports you into the world where things were easier and more enjoyable. For many of you, it can also become a travel in time when you will visit this nice city that has a mystique associated with it.

If you wish to explore the evolution of a cityscape and witness that how historical factors contribute to it, then the town of Kandy is the right place for that. Check out the map of the city drawn in 1815 and visit the present city. You will understand the point that we are trying to make here, also about the tourist places in Kandy. The town of Kandy added a value to its legacy and never changed its roots for the sake of development. This one virtue makes this town worth a visit.

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Kandy FAQ's

What is the best time to visit Kandy?

Sri Lanka has a different pattern of the Monsoon when we compare it with rest of the South Asia. Based on this monsoon pattern we can derive three seasons of Kandy.

  • May To September

This is the period of Yala Monsoon and heavy downpour can disrupt your plans, one should avoid this season.

  • October to November

It is the period of Maha Monsoon in Sri Lanka, be ready for some rainy surprises and off-season discounts if you are visiting Kandy during this month.

  • December to April

Skies are open and the weather is pleasant, these months are the best months when you can visit Kandy and enjoy every moment of your trip without any hindrance in this great climate.

How to reach Kandy?

International tourists are required to land at Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. From there we have multiple choices to get an access to this town. Here you are required to cover a distance of 115 Kilometers and in general, it takes three to four hours.

  • Buses


Private and state-owned transporters are conducting bus services after regular intervals. Most of these buses are inexpensive options, you can pick among AC and non-Ac buses.

  • Taxis

Hire private taxis, if you are traveling alone then you can share mini buses and community taxies on a sharing basis.

  • Train

A direct train from Colombo Railway station connects you with this town; you can enjoy this slow-paced journey marked with scenic views of lush greenery. 

What things can I do in Kandy?

Every sightseeing tour in Kandy is a tour of history where you get natural surroundings and other activities as bonus attached to them.

  • Stroll Around the Kandy Lake and ignite the romantic passion in you with every sunset.


  • Visit Sri Dalada Museum and other museums to explore the colonial jewels of the history.


  • Visit Ceylon tea museum and check the fountainhead of global tea industry how it started and flourished.


  • Shopping for souvenirs and clothes in local market
  • Trekking in adjacent hills and visit to Udawattakele Sanctuary and many more places.

Which are some best resorts to stay in Kandy?

The city of Kandy in itself is a nature’s resort inhabited in urban settings, the exotic resorts present in the city captures you in a bubble of natural pleasure where you can feel a detachment from the rest of the world.

  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy Resort: a Regular resort with amenities where the backdrop of nature casts magic, rooms are great and gives you the feel to have proximity with nature.


  • Amaya Hills Kandy: Choose this place for a “Top of the Kandy” experience amidst the hills.


  • Santana Resort and Spa: An experience in itself, this resort is a place where you can soothe your senses like never before.


  • Nature Walk Resort: Feel the greenery and become a lush part of the green surroundings while staying at this resort.

Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Kandy?

Sri Lankan cuisines offer you some seafood delights, the town of Kandy is a cosmopolitan town where you can enjoy local cuisines at some selected places.

  • White House Restaurant


Travel down the street of Davon and visit this place for some amazing local cuisine in a romantic environment.


  • Sharon Inn

A beautiful eating joint located next to the lake of Kandy, enjoy the buffet and fix your menu for the next few days by tasting various local food items.


  • The Kandy House


House for Gourmet food, the freshness of ingredients in the foods will give you an out of this world experience.

What are the best public transport modes to commute around Kandy?

The connection between one part of the city to the other part and a having a look at the particular part of the city are two needs that a traveler counter during his stay.

  • Buses

The city has a network of bus routes that can ferry you from one part to the other. Bus stops are shaded. Mingling with a local crowd can become unpleasant sometimes.

  • Taxis

Bargain hard and find a path between two distant points of the city. Cabs are comfortable and timesaving.


  • Tuk Tuk


Three wheelers are the best way to cover short distances, they are economic and fares are fixed. They are available during all parts of the day.

What are the best places of shopping in Kandy?

Kandy has a colorful culture, which has its roots in the colonial era and medieval era. This cultural heritage promotes local art and culture, there are many spots in the city where you can purchase some souvenirs and own these masterpieces.


  • Kandyan Art Association and Kandyan Cultural Centre


Visit this place to capture the true colors of Sri Lankan fashion and local silk artistry. Explore a range of items that can be counted as antiques.


  • Kandy City Center


Nice place to check the fusion of Sri Lankan tradition with current world fashion, you can also grab some art pieces here.


  • Waruna Antiques

Check out this place for Buddhist artifacts and other insignia of Hinduism and Buddhism. 

Which are some famous tea estates in Kandy?

Tea estates of Sri Lanka offer education, history and an exquisite blend of teas. You can stay in these tea estates and enjoy morning and evening walk to re-energize you.

  • Geragama Tea Estate

Capture the colonial history of tea plantation and discover its journey from a simple plant to a lucrative export item in this tea estate.


  • Hatale Tea Estate

Hatale tea estate offers stay in tea estate bungalow, spend two days full of recreation and entertainment in this place designed for tourist.

Which are the best trekking trails in Kandy?

Dense forests, religious sites and mountains, the trekking trails of Kandy offer three delights to a tourist. Amazing waterfalls, lush greenery, and great architecture amidst nature are few highlighting points of most of the Trekking trails.

  • The Knuckles Mountain Range

Capture five important peaks of this rich mountain range and visit a tea plantation village during the course of this trek. It is an easy trek and you can fix a difficulty level by changing the choice of peaks.

  • Belihul Oya

Visit a zone of high biodiversity and capture the God of Nature in details while visiting this trek located at the junction point of wet zone and dry zone of Sri Lanka. An amazing experience if you have a love for flora and biodiversity.

Which are some famous temples in Kandy?

The temple of the tooth located in the heart of the city makes it a holy place. When we have a look at the religious tourism map of Sri Lanka then we find that Kandy holds a prime position there. The countryside of this country also has many temples belonging to Hinduism and Buddhism.

  • Gadaladeniya Raja Maha Viharaya, Kandy

It is a cluster of temples located in a village; witness this jewel of history where you will discover that how temples can become central to the local economy and social practices in a village and a region.

  • Embekke Devale

Witness the temple architecture at its best carved in wooden artifices. The stories behind every work of art will transport you into the world of folklore and allegories.

  • Lankatilake Viharya

An advantage point to enjoy the panoramic vision of the locality hosts this temple; every corner of this temple is an ode to the Buddhist teaching about life.

Kandy Reviews

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Reviewed: 15 Jun 2024
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Reviewed: 10 Feb 2024
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