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15 Places to visit in Kandy

 
  • Sitting ideal is not even an option and hence you will find several places to visit in Kandy. Overlooking the city of Kandy, you will find a big statue of Buddha on top of a hill. It is one of the first things that you will get reminded of when you think of this city. The city houses some beautiful temples which has one of the most beautiful shrines of Buddha. The Buddhist temple has the relic of the tooth of Buddha which is a popular tourist attraction.

    For shopaholics the city has its special Kandy City Centre which is the only shopping place in the city and you can definitely shop for some souvenirs too. The City Hall of Sri Lanka also showcases traditional and beautiful Kandyan dance which can viewed by the visitors at a very minimal price range.

    Some of the best places in Kandy that you should visit:

  • 01Explore The Temple of The Truth

    Image Credit : Hafiz Issadeen
    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.

    Image Credits : 4Neus



    Location: Royal Palace, Kandy

    Time: 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR  to 2134 LKR
  • 02Royal 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.

    Image Credits : Amila Tennakoon - Flickr




    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
  • 03Udawattekele Sanctuary

    The Udawattekele Sanctuary, also known as Royal Park Palace is located at the hilly terrains of the Temple of Tooth Relic. The sanctuary scatters around 257 acres and is deemed as the most important Bio Reserve of the country. The sanctuary, centuries back was a kingdom named Kandyan and jungle area on the far side of the palace was known as the Uda Wasala Watta or the upper palace garden; hence the name.

    The forest reserve was made into a sanctuary in 1938. Additionally, the forest’s catchment areas provide fresh water to the lake and the city avail its air purification supplies from this royal forest reserve.

    Highlights: Quite a few Buddhist temples, water pond, Kodimale Peak, Senkanda Cave and Garrison Cemetery.



    Entry Fee: Rs. 570 for foreigners and Rs. 30 for Srilankans

    Location: Wevelpitiya Road, Kandy

     Timings: Everyday. But it is safe not to visit the sanctuary during rainy season
  • 04Commonwealth War Cemetery

    Image Credit : Stefan Krasowski - Flickr
    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



  • 05Millenium 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
  • 06Horton Plains National Park

    Image Credit : gωen - Flickr
    Horton National Park is a ‘food for the soul’ kind of mesmerizing locale. The park is perched in the shadows of the country’s 2nd and 3rd highest mountains, Kirigalpota and Totapola. The place is also termed as world’s end due to its undaunting mysterious views of waterfalls, misted lakes and earthy species of flora and fauna. The national park is actually a plateau and is 2000m high.

    It is better to start early in the morning to witness this heavenly place.

    Highlights: An array of wildlife such as Samba deers, leopards, wild boars, purple faced langoor; an ideal site for birdwatchers as you may encounter a variety of flying wonders such as bulbul, Ceylon blackbird, Ceylon white eyed arrenga, mountain hawk etc; the epic walk to world’s end(4kms) and Farr Inn hunting lodge.

    Image Credits : Tjeerd Wiersma - Flickr



    Location: 11 kms approx from Ohiya.

    Price: Adult – 1895 Child: 1011.

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
  • 07Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

    Image Credit : Andy Nobes - Flickr
    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.
  • 08International Buddhist Museum

    Located close to the Temple of the Tooth, inside the royal palace complex, The International Buddhist Museum is a complete knowledge base and a showcase of the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia. There are separate rooms dedicated to different countries illustrating Buddhism in that location. There are photographs, models and gigantic statues which portray the spread and influence of Buddhism on people in various places.



    Location
    : Close to Temple of Tooth, Kandy

    Highlights: 
    To get a better knowledge about the spread of Buddhism displayed here one can opt for a free audio guide which is available at the ticket counter or can opt for a tourist guide at 1070LKR who explains the whole location. Do wear covered clothes from shoulder to toe and remove the shoes. There’s an elevator in the Museum which allows disabled visitors to access the Museum. 

    Time
    : 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1070 LKR per adult
  • 09British 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
  • 10Take a Walk around Kandy Lake

    Image Credit : Iris Liu - Flickr
    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.

     

    Image Credits : Marc - Flickr



     Location: Heart of the city, Kandy
  • 11Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage

    Image Credit : Nigel Swales - Flickr
    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. 

    Image Credits : Nigel Wilson - Flickr



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

    Timings
    : Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 2353 LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child
  • 12Perandeniya Botanical Gardens

    Image Credit : Koshyk
    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)

  • 13Ceylon Tea Museum

    Image Credit : Dave Lonsdale
    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)
  • 14Visit 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.

    Image Credits : Terry Feuerborn



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

  • 15Kandy 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.