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  • If you are looking for ultimate calm and serenity then it is best to nestle in one of the resorts in Kandy. The iconic resorts will be the best place for some quiet relaxation and will keep you away from the bustling city life. The beauty of the resorts is enhanced with the postcard view of river and mountains which attracts a lot of travellers.

     Almost all the resorts are placed not far away from the airport which makes it easier for many travellers to reach there. The resorts have a mix of contemporary and stylish interiors with majestic hallways to make your stay a memorable one.

    Here are some of the best resorts in Kandy that you should visit:

  • 01Amaya Resort, Kandy

    Settled in the pictorial scenic backdrop of Kandy overlooking Heerassagala forest and lush mountain of Hanthana, Amaya Hills is a fascinating resort that portrays a perfect amalgamation of exotic Kandyan culture and modern sumptuousness. 

    Based at a distance of 7kms from the heart of Kandy, this elegant resort has hundred guest rooms including suites which all are examples of luxurious sophistication with beautifully crafted Kandyan architecture, heritage wood carvings and breathtaking views of verdant greenery. 

    Experience the mouthwatering fusion of international and local cuisines and revitalize the senses with the excellent therapies and treatments available at Panch karma, the spa at the hotel. The hotel has special services to help in jungle trekking to Hanthana Mountain. 


    Location: 1.8 km from Ceylon Tea Museum 

    Activities and Amenities: Table tennis Swimming Pool,Outdoor dining,Board games,Fitness center,Palm Reading 

    Price: Rs 12000 to Rs 22000 approx

  • 02Thilanka Resort and Spa, Kandy

    In Srilanka’s cultural triangle, Thilanka Resort and Spa is based in the heritage city of Dumbulla and is considered as a paradise destination simply for its exotic arrangements and scenic backdrop of verdant greenery, hilly regions widespread Mango orchards, rice fields and cascading Dumbulla River.

    Rightly referred as The Garden of Pleasures, the resort has chic and sophisticated villas each having 4 deluxe rooms designed to elevate the rich culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. It provides a perfect gateway from the busy schedules of urban life and provides a lazy retreat and revitalization to the soul and the spirit with its exuberant ambience and pampering facilities like the versatile therapies at the spa.

    Location: Dumbulla Activities and

    Amenities: Table tennis, Swimming Pool, Outdoor Dining, Board Games, Fitness Center, Cycling, Horse Riding, Fishing, Volleyball.

    Price: Rs 6000 to Rs 15000 approx.
  • 03Randholee Resort

    Based at the foothills of Mount Pleasant, facing the beautiful views of Alagalla Mountains the luxurious Randholee Resort is a magnificent destination to enjoy royal treatment and extravagant accommodation. In the backdrop of scenic excellence with lush valleys and crimson peaks, the property elevates the rich heritage of Kandyan architecture and traditional luxury. Settled in the peaceful and harmonious Dumbara Valley, the resort has elegant rooms adorned with earthy tones and classic furnitures providing a subtle ambience that relaxes the sole to its core. One can enjoy lip smacking signature dinning by the pool side or mouth melting international cuisine with live music. Enjoy the theme nights on weekends and experience blissful rejuvenation with exclusive therapies at the Ayurvedic Spa

    Location: 20 minutes from Kandy City Centre

    Activities and Amenities: Table tennis,Squash, Badminton,Board Games,Fitness Centre

    Price: 6,999 - 16,036
  • 04Nature Walk Resort

    If the passion is verdant greenery and breathtaking scenic extravaganza then the ideal stop is Nature Walk Resort located at distance of 1km from Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. Surrounded by forested areas this resort provides a serene and harmonious ambience which promises rejuvenation and relaxation of both mind and the soul. Simple terracotta tiles and French doors and subtle room decoration highlights the simplicity of the accommodation. Stretched balconies give a captivating view of the salubrious smoky hills, green tree tops and starry nights which makes the stay more arresting. It is quite an advantage that it is a centrally located resort which makes it easily commutable from all parts of the city and there are taxi services arranged from the resort itself.

    Location: 4km from Kandy City Centre

    Activities and Amenities: Restaurant,Laundry,Room Service,Parking

    Price: Rs 1555 to Rs 3312 approx
  • 05Hantana Holiday Resort

    Nestled in the foothills of Hantana mountain range and surrounded by stretched tea estates, captivating hill slopes, natural forests and a vast expanse of greenery, Hantana Holiday Resort serves as the stress buster and relaxing zone in Nature’s bed. The property is designed and decorated with simplicity, sophistication and elegance that amalgamate modernity with rich Kandyan heritage. The rooms are well facilitated with necessary amenities and services for a comfortable stay. The attached balconies provide an excellent view of the luscious garden and the smoky mountains. The cuisine is prepared by the in house chef and the local Sri Lankan dishes are a specialty here. Supreme hospitality and homely ambience is the key attraction of the resort.

    Location: 2km from Kandy City Centre

    Activities and Amenities: Free Parking, Wi-Fi,Barbecue Facility,Sri Lankan cooking classes

    Price: Rs 1500 to Rs 3500 approx
  • 06Kandy Hills Resort

    In the backdrop of lush tropical greenery, close to the heart of the city, Kandy Hill Resort is an ideal destination to spend relaxing holiday in world heritage city of Kandy. The property promises captivating and mesmerizing pictorial views of the luscious and smoky mountain ranges, fascinating ambience, creatively designed room décor, simple sophisticated furniture’s, hygienic and clean surroundings and absolute peaceful relaxation. The in house restaurant specializes in Local Sri Lankan cuisine and Continental styles of food which can be also be enjoyed as room service. The greatest advantage of choosing Kandy Hill Resort is its location which is only few kilometers from both Kandy Railway station and bus station. The tourist spots are also close which makes it quite preferred by travelers.

    Location: 1.5km from Kandy City Centre

    Activities and Amenities: Free Parking, Wi-Fi, Garden area, Restaurant

    Price: Rs 3045 to Rs 4805 approx
  • 07Kandy Samadhi Centre

    Amidst stretched landscape of lush vegetation Kandy Samadhi Centre is the ideal getaway from the city husk that promises life in Nature’s lap with visionary experience of serene environment comprising of dusky mountains, herb gardens, paddy fields, natural forest and unlimited flora and fauna. The harmonious tranquility and the magical ambience punched with the royal treatment and hospitality makes it a perfect holiday destination in every way. The rich heritage of Kandyan architecture, the extensive Tantric art on the wall murrals and Kandyan antics provides a mesmerizing treat to the eyes. The rooms are facilitated with all essentials and dinning gets delicious with local and western cuisine. The highlights of the location are Yoga and Ayurvedic treatment which energizes the soul, provides mental peace and cures various ailments.

    Location: 25km from Kandy City Centre

    Activities and Amenities: Yoga Retreat,Ayurvedic Spa,

    Price: Rs 5400 to Rs 8800 approx
  • 08Pinecrest Resort

    Nestled along the vast Gurukele mountain range Pine crest provides excellent pictorial views and tranquil surroundings. Extensive mountain ranges stretched forested areas and lush greenery forms the backdrop of Pinecrest which is a semi luxurious accommodation in the historical majestic city of Kandy. Decorated with simple styles and classy sophistication the rooms provide subtle peacefulness and a grand view of the majestic mountains and natural forest. The resort holds exclusive dining area which serves western and local cuisines. Arrangements for live music and DJ Band can be made with prior intimation.

    Location: 16km from Kandy City Center 

    Activities and Amenities: Swimming Pool,Buffet Meals,Outdoor Barbecue,Trekking and Mount Climbing outdoor activity assistance 

    Price: Rs 6000-Rs 8500 approx. However there are several packages for full full board, half board honeymoon visitors etc which are different from the rates quoted.
  • 09Hotel Tree of Life

    An exclusive eco resort based in the isolated forest surroundings Hotel Tree of Life is a perfect example of serene ambience and relaxing environment. The simple architecture and classy decoration, the earthy tones and stylish use of greenery make it close to nature without leaving the luxury behind. The rooms are meticulously designed with subtleness and beautified with a private balcony facing the private garden and the majestic mountains beyond. The nature walk in the crimson rays of the sun and listening to the melodious tunes of birds chirping every morning sets the tune for the day. The in house restaurant boosts both local and international cuisine and “Saukya” the ayurveda centre provides versatile treatments to bask in and relax both body and soul.

    Location: 14km from Kandy City Centre

    Activities and Amenities: Swimming Pool,Jogging Court,Pool Table,Mountain Biking

    Price: Rs 7600-Rs 17000 approx.
  • 10Mahaweli Reach Hotel

    Wrapped around authentically with the Ancient Kingdom of Kandy in Sri Lanka, Mahaweli Reach Hotel is the perfect answer to tourists willing to experience leisure at its best. In fact, the hotel is covered with lush green tropical gardens on the banks of Mahaweli River.

    Highlights: Right from the memorable honeymoons to leisure holidays, the hotel serve it all. Adding glory to its functioning is the beauty of nature sprinkled in every corner of its view. Organizing excursions to serving delectable dishes and offering comfortable rooms with qualitative room service, the hotel stands to be an epitome of Sri Lankan hospitality.

    Location: It is located on the banks of River Mahaweli in Weerakoon Mawatha of Kandy district. The surrounding mountain views add to the memories of every visitor staying here.

    Price: Offering Deluxe Room, Executive and Presidential Suites, the hotel ensures that each visitor feels a part of the surrounding heaven. Deluxe room offers river view; while, the Executive and Presidential suites give lush green mountain view. 



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.

 Close to Hatton, near Bogawantawala valley.

: 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.


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.

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

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

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


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.

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.

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


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

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)


Udawattekele 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

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

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.

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

Location: Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy

Timings: Anytime during the day.


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

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)

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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