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Best Things To Do in Kandy

Nestled amidst the mountains of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka the best things to do in Kandy are several. This second largest city of Sri Lanka is often tagged as its cultural capital. It also is one of the official world heritage sites of UNESCO. It is small in size and houses a deeply pleasant climate which makes it a place highly visited by tourists each year. The city accommodates a downtown area that is compact yet beautiful. This region is surrounded by beautiful hills housing a tropical rainforest. Here one can find exotic animal as well as plant species. Kandy's downtown region is a place where one can find every imaginable item to shop for at surprisingly affordable prices.

While touring Kandy you can try out the local eateries here which are extensively mouthwatering. Located amidst the mountains and surrounded by beautiful hills, Kandy offers various adventure activities including trekking as well as camping. Although you can visit this place all throughout the year but if you plan to visit Kandy in August then you can witness the most popular festival here named Perahera. It is a popular pageant involving various elephant participants. You can buy yourself a seat here and witness the festival. Another attraction to be admired while touring Kandy is the famous Kandyan dance. This traditional dance form of Kandy is worth witnessing. It is usually held close to the Kandy Lake. There are various temples that are worth a visit while touring Kandy. If you are looking for peace while traveling then make sure to visit Nilambe meditation center. This Buddhist retreat center imparts impeccable meditation sessions that is to soothe your mind to the core. You can even try out some Yoga here. Overall, Kandy is one of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka to explore its beauty as well as culture. Come and explore the best things to do in Kandy.

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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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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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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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Royal Palace of Kandy

The Royal palace of the Kandyan Kingdom is the last reminiscence of the reigning King of Kandayan, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. The palace dates back to the 14th century, yet witnessing the glory and glamour of the kingdom is stupendous. The Palace has seen scars from many wars and tremors of foreign invaders like the Portuguese.

The Royal court, another architectural capture has confronted many meetings formed by the king and it is here that the end of Kandyan Kingdom convention was signed.
The temple of Tooth contributes maximum attraction to the tourists. Even though, the original palace walls have been burnt and rebuilt, the interiors remain the same.




Highlights: Dalada Maligawa - Temple of Tooth (relic of Buddha’s Tooth), Royal Court (Magul Maduwa), Queen’s Bathing pavilion – Ulpange and the Royal gardens inside the Palace gates

 Location: Sri Dalads Veediya

 Kandy Price: Rs 100 per head Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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Kandy View Point

The mesmerizing view point is located on the Rajapihilla Mawatha and is ranked 5th out of 105 tourist attractions in Kandy. The place is located near the Kandy Lake and is enclosed in breathtaking landscapes of mountains and meadows. From the city, you have to take the Rajapihilla Mawatha Route, after which a 1 km steep climb will guide you to the view point. You can also hire a tuk-tuk to reach the top.The panoramic view that you would get to see is worth the pain of the ascent. The entire Kandy town lies ahead of your eye, and from the top, you can also spot the Kandy lake and Dalada Maligawa.



Highlights
: Panoramic view of the city, souvenir shops, art galleries

Location: Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy

Timings: Anytime during the day.

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Take a Walk around Kandy Lake

One of the greatest attraction and a must do for the visitors of the hill country, Kandy, is to take a walking tour around Kandy Lake which dominates the heavenly location with its cascading beauty. A silent stroll especially during the sunset time, enjoying the sounds of nature is a splendid way of coming close to Mother Earth and devouring the blissfulness. Being based next to Temple of the Tooth this is an artificial lake built in 1807 by the Royal King of Sri Lanka.

The whole walk is around 2.1 mile and consists of enchanting scenic splendor covered with several rest zones where one can sit and enjoy the harmony and serene beauty of the Temple and the lake. In the midst of the lake there is a small island with palm trees making the lake look more eye arresting.

 

 Location: Heart of the city, Kandy
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Ceylon Tea Museum

Located at Hantane, the 1925 vintage Ceylon Tea Museum is one of the important attractions of the hill country, Kandy in Sri Lanka. The Tea Museum is a building of four floors where from ground floor to second floor it’s all old machineries, library and auditorium. For purchasing lip smacking variety and flavors of Sri Lankan tea one must visit the third floor which is sales unit. The fourth floor comprises of a magnificent restaurant where one can enjoy a free cup and the captivating and breathtaking surrounding view of the hill country from the top. One can visualize Matale Range and Kunckles Range through a telescope positioned here. From the top it’s an encircling view of green landscape comprising tea plantations of myriad types.

 Location: Hantane Road, Kandy



 Best Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am to 4: 30pm

Price: 1070LKR for adults and 428LKR for child.(approx)
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Wales Park

For that perfect fun time along with your family and friends Wales Park is the best option for you while you are visiting Sri Lanka. For your bucket list this is another best places to visit in Sri Lanka. Situated at the top of a small hill this park overlooks the Kandy Lake, this park is known for its majestic view. This park is also known as The Royal Palace Park.

Highlights: There is one Japanese field gun in the park which was captured by the British 14th Army in Burma during World War II and presented to the city of Kandy by Lord Mountbatten.

Location: The Wales Park is located at Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

Price: The approximate price for the entry is 219 LKR.

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Traveller Tales From Kandy

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Anala Mehrotra

08 July 2019

Beautiful Experience at the marvel of nature, Kandy along trekking and camping. Campsite was the best thing about the package

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Gautami Varman

08 July 2019

This was the most recommended thing to do in kandy amazing dance performances and stunts

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Geeta Marar

08 July 2019

The journey was mindblowing , we were free to visit any place we wanted in Kandy.

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Gautam Shah

08 July 2019

On the way to Kandy from Colombo take a visit to see the Elephants. If your timing is right you see them having a bath in the river then cross the road back to the orphanage where they are feed and roa...

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Ganesh Achari

08 July 2019

Was stunned with the city view one side and mountains on the other side. What a great day, Well spent

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Chandrakala Achari

08 July 2019

Beautiful Experience at the marvel of nature, Kandy along trekking and camping. Campsite was the best thing about the package

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Dayaananda Achari

08 July 2019

This was the most recommended thing to do in kandy amazing dance performances and stunts

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Shresthi Sharma

08 July 2019

The journey was mindblowing , we were free to visit any place we wanted in Kandy.

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Girja Nayar

08 July 2019

On the way to Kandy from Colombo take a visit to see the Elephants. If your timing is right you see them having a bath in the river then cross the road back to the orphanage where they are feed and roa...

What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Kandy

  • Q. Which are the activities that I can do in Kandy?

    The following activities can be practiced in Kandy:

    •      Hiking - Go for a hiking tour at the Royal Palace Park. This falls amidst the most picturesque places of Kandy. The hiking tour will lead you to the beautiful Rajapihilla Mawatha where you can have a spectacular view of the mesmerizing lake. You will get to view the amazing sights of the nearby located hills as well as the town. Concludingly, you can take up a hiking tour, get back to the town and pat your back for accomplishing the activity.
    •      Motorboat Riding - Have a breathtaking view while taking a Motorboat ride on the mesmerizing Bogambara Lake. You can view the beautiful Kandy City Center, Royal Palace Park as well as Sangaraja Mawatha. You would get to view a wide range of species of birds, monkeys, coloured fishes and lush greenery around. You can end this boat ride at Colombo and enjoy a hearty meal.  
    •      Trekking - Take a trekking tour in Kandy and witness the best landscapes ever. You can start the trip from Mount Alagalla. You can take up this adventure activity and view the beauty of Kandy from an elevation. While taking this trek you will get an opportunity to explore the amazing tea gardens of Kandy.
    •      Golfing - A mingle of nature's beauty with this amazing sport called Golf can be practiced in Kandy. Victoria Golf Course is a perfect place to visit to indulge in a game. This is a perfect place surrounded by Victoria Reservoir on three sides with Knuckles Range on the fourth.

  • Q. Which are some famous treks in and around Kandy?

    Kandy offers various opportunities of trekking to travelers. Moreover, the pleasant climate of Kandy allows the travelers to enjoy the trekking expedition to the core. Some of the many places to go for trekking in Kandy are as follows:

    · Trekking in Knuckles Mountains - Trekking in the Knuckles Mountains is absolutely mesmerizing. The location offers the beautiful view of the tea gardens, lush green meadows as well as pristine villages. The trek includes exploring Ash Cave Trail, Pitawala-Pathana trail, Mini World's End Trail as well as the Knuckles trail.

    · Meemure Trek - Meemure is an adorable village lodged amidst extreme greenery. It offers beautiful views of the mountains. It is beautifully nestled between Matale and Kandy districts.

    · Hanthana Tek - Hanthana mountain ranges offers mesmerizing hilltops that are absolutely impeccable for trekking. You will find beautifully landscaped areas which are dotted with eucalyptus trees.

  • Q. Where can I experience wildlife in Kandy?

    Some of the places that can be visited on a wildlife tour in Kandy are as follows:

    •      Udawattekele Sanctuary
    •      Millennium Elephant Foundation
    •      Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
    •      Horton Plains National Park

  • Q. Where can I visit a spice garden in Kandy? Which are some special spices found in Kandy?

    Spice gardens form one of the major attractions of Sri Lanka and while touring Kandy you can visit New Ranweli Spice Garden located in Gannoruwa. The country is highly popular for its spices as well as herbs all across the globe. The rare most herbs, as well as spices, are sown, reaped as well as processed here. Common spices found here are as follows:

    •   Cocoa
    •   Cloves
    •   Nutmeg
    •   Turmeric
    •   Aloe Vera
    •   Cinnamon
    •   Peppercorns
    •   Cardamom
    •   Vanilla

    By visiting these spice gardens of Kandy you can gather an in-depth knowledge about the spices and herbs grown here. Additionally, the beautiful landscapes further add on to the charisma of the place.

  • Q. Is it worth travelling in a charter plane from Colombo to Kandy? What’s so special about it?

    A charter plane ride from Colombo to Kandy is undoubtedly one of the best experiences to undertake while visiting Sri Lanka. It will let you escape from your monotonous kind of life and explore the heavenly beauty of Sri Lanka. The plane will not only lead you to Kandy within minutes but give you a memorable experience that would last a lifetime. This facility is made available by Cinnamon Air which is Sri Lanka's air taxi service imparting brand name. Witnessing the beauty of Kandy via a charter plane is simply impeccable. Viewing the hills, mountains as well as the underneath located water bodies can be better experienced than written as the feel is absolutely out of the world.

  • Q. Which are some famous locations for sightseeing in Kandy?

    Some of the places that can be visited on a sightseeing tour in Kandy are as follows:

    •      Temple of the Tooth
    •      Udawattekele Sanctuary
    •      Millennium Elephant Foundation
    •      Wales Park
    •      Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
    •      British Garrison Cemetery
    •      Kandyan Art Association
    •      Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
    •      Ceylon Tea Museum
    •      Kandy View Point
    •      The Bogambara lake
    •      Royal Palace of Kandy
    •      Commonwealth War Cemetery
    •      Ranweli Spice Garden
    •      Horton Plains National Park
    •      International Buddhist Museum
    •      Kandy Lake
    •      Bahirawakanda temple
    •      Perandeniya Botanical Gardens
    •      Spice Garden