Must Places to Visit in Kandy
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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
Timings: 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Commonwealth War Cemetery
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
Millenium Elephant Foundation
Location: Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle
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
Timings: 8:30 am to 4 pm, all days
Horton Plains National Park
Location: 11 kms approx from Ohiya.
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.
Price: Adult – 1895 LKR Child: 1011LKR.
Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
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. This place should be definitely there on your list of places to visit in Sri Lanka.
Highlights: Panoramic view of the city down, including a view of the lake, tea factory, and football stadium; gallery that has artefacts based on the 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.
International Buddhist Museum
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
British Garrison Cemetery
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.
Location: Few meters uphill from the National Museum, Kandy.
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.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
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
Price: 2353LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child.(approx)
Best Time: 7:30am to 5:00pm
Ceylon Tea Museum
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
Price: 1070LKR for adults and 428LKR for child.(approx)
Best Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am to 4: 30pm
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 traveller. 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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Lankatilaka Vihara Temple
There are two different sides of the temple- the East and the West- both showcase the intricate designs and delicate Sinhalese sculptures. You will also find some breathtaking paintings and sculptures of the Kandyan era in this temple.
The surrounding panoramic views of the paddy fields and mountains and the quiet surroundings make this temple all the more serene and peaceful and one of the most popular places to see in Kandy.
Location: Koilkonda, Sri Lanka
Highlight: Sinhalese sculptures, paintings, and art
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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
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Royal Palace of Kandy
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
Entry Fee: 2483 LKR per head
Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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Visit Kandy Lake
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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Kandy 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.
E. L. Senanayake Children's Park
It is full of fun slides and rides for kids of all ages which are also very safe. If you’re travelling to Sri Lanka with your family, this place is one of the best places to visit in Kandy for you.
Location: Sanagaraja Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Highlight: Oldest park in Kandy
Timings: 7 am to 7 pm (closed on Mondays)
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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.
Knuckles Mountain Range
For the same reason, the mountain ranges are also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can explore many hidden trails, waterfalls and rare varieties of plants here. So if you’re a hiking enthusiast, this is one of the best places to visit in Kandy for you.
Location: Matale and Kandy Districts, Sri Lanka
Highlight: UNESCO World Heritage Site
National Museum of Kandy
Location: Next to temple of Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Highlight: Historical treasures and artifacts
Entry Fee: 30 LKR for localites)
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Canbuy Gem Museum
The museum also houses a shop on one of its upper floors where you can shop for some sparkling and original, government-approved gems, precious and semi-precious stones which you will not find anywhere else in the world.
Location: 530, Colombo Road, Kandy 20442 Sri Lanka
Highlight: Exotic gems and precious stones
Entry Fee: Not Available
Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
The mind-blowing views of the city and the lush green tea gardens surrounding Arthur’s Seat also make it a famous photography spot amongst tourists and one of the best places to visit in Kandy.
Location: 20000, Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Highlight: Spectacular panoramic views of the city
The delicate architecture and the religious importance that this place holds for the locals and Buddhists make this place one of the best tourist places in Kandy. Make sure you respect their rules as you visit the temple.
Location: Temple Square, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Highlight: Oldest extant structure in Kandy
Timings: Open 24 hours
Kandy Clock Tower
The clock tower was built by Haji Mohamed Ismail in the memory of his son Mohamed Zacky Ismail. The Kandyan style architecture and the integrated elements of the Palace of King of Kandy and Temple of the Tooth are an absolute treat to the eyes and make this tower one of the most popular tourist places in Kandy.
Location: Kandy City Centre, intersections of Sri Dalada Veediya, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Mawatha and Hiragedara Mawatha
Highlight: Beautiful paperwhite structure at the heart of the city
Adahanamaluwa Gedige Vihara
The temple is made of three different sections- the old, middle and new temple. The temple’s designs and the serene surrounding of Kandy Lake makes this temple one of the finest places to see in Kandy
Location: Road A9, Near President’s House, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Highlight: Intricate Kandian architecture
Timings: 11 am to 8 pm