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Best Sightseeing Tours in Kandy

If you are travelling to Sri Lanka to spend your vacations, there could be no better way than to start the trip than with Kandy sightseeing. Kandy, a small town in Sri Lanka, has a lot to offer when it comes to tourists spots. From ancient ruins and rock fortresses to the caves and temples, from forest reserves to national parks, and from mountains to the lake, Kandy is a place rich with natural and artificial heritages. Whether you are a nature lover or a sucker of urban lifestyle, Kandy is the right place for you.

For Kandy sightseeing, you can choose different flexible packages. Different packages are designed to meet different needs of people. Generally, these are designed with exclusive features (such as activities) included in it. You can opt for a scenic aeroplane tour in the mountainous town of Kandy, or you can opt for a trekking package that offers you with activities like rock climbing, plain excursions, etc. The costs of different packages are listed below:

Aeroplane tour- Rs 8506 per adult
Highland tour- Rs 5444 per adult
12 hours day tour- Rs 4423 per adult
Trekking to knuckles mountain ranges- Rs 12242 per head
Highland tour to Kandy- Rs 7485

To make your sightseeing tour in Kandy fun and exciting, you can purchase the packages that offer adventurous activities. Most of these packages include trekking and rock climbing as two of the main activities. Other common facilities included in the packages include luxurious accommodations, delicious meals, breakfasts, snacks, etc. You can also enjoy camping in the mountains, or in the reserved forests. Tourist guides are available for instructing you, whereas there would be trained instructors on your trekking trip. The sightseeing packages offer trips to some of the famous places in Kandy such as Sigiriya (ancient ruins of forts), Dambulla Cave, the Temple of the Tooth, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Lake, museums in Kandy, etc. With so many sights to see and so many activities to take part in, the Kandy tour in Sri Lanka will definitely thrill you.

Popular Packages

Package Name Duration Price Rating Details
Excursion to Riverston Gap in Sri Lanka 9 Hrs ₹ 5784 4.0 star View Details
Scenic Tour of Kandy in an Airplane ₹ 8506 4.0 star View Details
Highland tour from Kandy 12 Hrs ₹ 5444 4.0 star View Details
Kandy to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Flat 15% off 8 Hrs ₹ 1650 3.0 star View Details
Trekking to Knuckles Mountain Range in Sri Lanka 2D 1N ₹ 12248 4.0 star View Details
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    Excursion to Riverston Gap in Sri Lanka
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    Matale
    h9 Hours

    About the Activity:Get ready to feel the essence of Riverston, located approximately 30 km from the Matale town.Get picked up from your hotel in Kandy and commence your exploration by 8:30 AM in the morning after reaching Riverston and enjoy the view until it is dusk.V...

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    Kandy

    About the Activity:Escape from the monotony of everyday life and explore the magical beauty of a paradise island with Cinnamon Air Scenic Flights in Sri Lanka. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of some of the most iconic landscape of Kandy, a picturesque town of the island as yo...

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    Nuwara Eliya
    h12 Hours

    About the Activity: This is an amazing day trip which will take you around some of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka including its tea estates and natural sights.Get picked up from your hotels in Kandy at around 7 AM and proceed towards the Nuwara Eliya.On the ...

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    Kandy
    h8 Hours

    About the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Day Tour:- You will be picked from your hotel at 8:00 am for a tour to Pinnawala elephant orphanage from Kandy where you can  enjoy a daylong adventurous expedition. - Spend a day amid the elephants and explore the largest home of w...

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    15% OFF

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    Matale
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity: Embark on this amazing trek to Knuckles Mountain Range and enjoy the wild natural beauty of this region after getting picked up from your hotel.Get picked up from your hotel in Kandy at around 7.30 AM and proceed towards the start point of the trek...

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    Kandy
    h8 Hours

    About the Kandy Day Tour:- After picked up at 8:00 am from the hotel in Kandy, you will explore the most popular places in Kandy, including Bahirwa Kanda hill which has a massive Buddha statue standing upon it.- Pay a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens and witness the ...

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    Kandy
    h11 Hours

    About the Nuwara Eliya Day Tour from Kandy:- After picked up from the hotel at 8:00 am you will visit UNESCO protected site of Central Highlands in Sri Lanka and explore its iconic locations and tourist spots.- Enjoy some hours of solitude in this unmarred region know...

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    Kandy
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity:Travel from Colombo to Kandy on a 25 min luxury air charter over the lush green mountains and tiered paddy lands of Sri Lanka.Upon reaching Kandy’s Polgolla Reservoir you will be transfered to your hotels and your afternoon will include a visit to th...

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    Kandy
    h11 Hours

    About the Activity: This highland tour from Pinnawala to Kandy begins as you get picked up from your respective hotel in Colombo at around 6 AMProceed towards the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can see elephants being bathed and fed and acquaint yourself with...

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    8165

  • d5 Days n4 Nights

    About the Activity:Just married? Planning for the best international honeymoon tours? Then check this out. A wonderful package tied up for honeymoon couples in a quintessential land, Sri Lanka.On this 5 day tour, you will get to spend a quality time with your better half...

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Attractions

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Tea Estate Trails

Waking up early in the morning and being served the finest bed tea by the butler will be a delight in itself. The tea planter will take you through the entire tea making process starting from the fields where the tea was first plucked and then taken to the factory where all the conversions take place. The tea trails will take you to the colonial era time. The afternoon cream tea is something to truly relish. The nearby places are an appropriate place to walk, cycle and biking.




Location:
 Close to Hatton, near Bogawantawala valley.

Highlights
: Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka which is a must watch.

Best Time:
December to April.

Price: The approximate price ranges from 484 LKR to 1626 LKR.

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British Garrison Cemetery

This striking European style graveyard has many stories to tell of the young souls who died during the British Colonisation of SriLanka.  The most heartfelt part of this beautiful old churchyard is the 163 graves of young men, women, and children that take us back to time immemorial. Most of the tombs have inscriptions written on the lives of these good souls (few brave soldiers, many infants, and land owners).The cemetery was established in 1817 and today is being nurtured by a Caretaker, Charles Carmichael.



Highlights:
Shadowed by trees and overlooking a gorgeous lake, this place is completely sound free. Charles, who also acts as a guide, tours you through the entire cemetery and narrates each life of the rested bodies quite fascinatingly.

Location: Few meters uphill from the National Museum, Kandy.

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day
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Millenium Elephant Foundation

MEF is an estate as vast as 15 acres and is dwelling to countless of majestic elephants. The name of the estate, Samragiri has been inherited from the Samarasinghe family who have lived here for many generations. It is the only foundation where visitors are allowed to ride elephants bare back and interact with them with safety measures in the form of a educational tour. The foundation also provides a special Elephant Walk where you would be taken a 30 minute walk along with the animal.

MEF has charity trusts for the welfare of these humble animals.

Highlights: One hour educational walk and a tour of the museum, personally bathing the elephants, exotic walk on the grounds of the estate with an elephant, entry to Maximus Dung Paper factory.



Price: 2000LKR for foreigners and 100 LKR

Location: Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle

Timings: 8:30 am to 4 pm, all days
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Spice Garden

Spice Gardens forms a key attraction of Sri Lanka. The country is famous across the globe for its rare collection of herbs and spices. The key attraction of this location is to explore the popular as well as the rarest herbs being sown and processed in the most exquisite manner. Herbs those are common in a household like Turmeric, Pepper Corns, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Aloe Vera, etc are being processed here. The best part of visiting the Spice Garden in Kandy is to gather knowledge about the herbs, their growth process, their benefits and usefulness in Human life. The natural environment and serene beauty of the Garden is one of the mesmerizing experiences for every traveler. Away from the hustle of city life, this is a complete contrast of environment.



Located: Located at the Hill capital, Kandy this is close to Botanical Garden

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Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

This place showcases a breathtaking view of the entire Kandy town. The 88ft high statue of Buddha is something one should not miss while in Kandy. The white statue can be seen from any part of the Peradeniya city as it is strategically located on top of the Bahirava Kanda (devil’s) hill. You can either climb the steps to reach the viewpoint or else hire a tuk-tuk to do so. The beauty of the statue doubles during the night when it is lit by lamps. Best hour to visit this place is early morning or after sunset.



Highlights:
Panoramic view of the city down, including a view of the lake, tea factory, and football stadium; gallery that has artefacts based on life of Buddha; a souvenir shop which has lovely goodies at a much friendlier price

Location: Peradeniya, Kandy.

Price: Approximate price starts from 200 LKR.

Timings: Open 24 hours a day.
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Commonwealth War Cemetery

This cemetery is maintained and served by the commonwealth war commission office. This graveyard is a humble reminder of those brave hearts of the country who sacrificed their lives protecting the nation’s honour during the World War II. The cemetery is beautifully kept and has over 190 tombs. Apparently, this place was initially known as Pitakande Military Cemetery and was owned by the Military authorities until it was taken over by the war Commission.

It is also noted that Army Graves from over 10 burial grounds have been transferred to this cemetery till 1958.  There are 6 commonwealth war cemeteries in Sri Lanka, but the Kandy War Cemetery is considered the best amongst all because of its stunning landscape and well kept land.



Highlights: The Kandy Botanical garden Location: Deveni Rajasinghe, Kandy

Price: No entry fee; the place is run by donation

Timings: 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 6 pm



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Explore The Temple of The Truth

Nestled close to the Udawattakele Sanctuary, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is one of the most important shrines of Sri Lanka. Also named as Dalada Maligawa, this temple is based in the royal palace of the Kingdom of Kandy. Housing the legendary Budda tooth, the temple is a World Heritage site though very little are the remnants of the original temple built around 1600. Amazing ornamentation with golden fence and extravagant Canadian architecture makes it a blissful sight for the visitors. Dedicated monks unanimously chant the prayers of Malwatte and Aegirine , three times every day, during dawn, noontime and evening at the inner temple. Every Wednesday a holy symbolic bath of the Relic is done is fragrant water and that water is distributed among the visitors known to have healing powers.



Location: Royal Palace, Kandy

Time: 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR  to 2134 LKR
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Perandeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka. The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora.

The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend. One can pack some food to enjoy an open air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine.



Location: 5.5km from Kandy

Best Time: 7:30am to 5:00pm

Price: 2353LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child.(approx)

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