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10 Things to do in Kandy

 
  • If you are looking for something really amazing to do in Kandy then you will find many things to in Kandy. For tea lovers you can sip some authentic flavours of tea at the Ceylon Tea museum. A natural trail to these lovely tea gardens will be loved by many. A nature lover would definitely appreciate a visit to the royal botanical garden which attracts some 2 million tourists per year.

    Kandy offers a unique experience to try some of the best spices and plants like plants like cinnamon, alove vera and much more. If nothing else fits in then you wouldn’t mind an enchanting walk to Kandy lake which is considered to be one of the most iconic place in the city because it is considered to be one of the best man-made lake of Sri Lanka.

    Here are some of the unique things to do in Kandy that you should experience:

  • 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
  • 02Hike to Alagalla Mountain Range

    For all the adventure lovers, a perfect touring in Kandy is incomplete without a hiking tour in the Alagalia Mountain Range which is also named as the Potato Range . Stretching along Srilankan provinces this is the highest peak in the whole range comprising of an altitude of 3600 feet from the sea level. Due to its height, the mountain provides a splendid scenic view which is simply breathtaking.

    The hiking trail starts from the base of the mountain through a luscious tea garden and stretches along through mossy forests and bushy shrubs. Dense greenery and versatile flora are some of the key highlights of the trekking trail. This is ideally a day trip and can be returned in the evening but many prefer to camp at the top of the mountain and enjoy sunrise and sunset.

    Image Credits : Xavier LECOMTE - Flickr



    Best Time: Anytime throughout the year

    Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • 03Watch Kandyan Dance Performance

    Organized by Kandyan Arts association this is a great way of enjoying the rich culture and heritage of Kandy. This is one of the most popular dance shows in Kandy and remains quite crowded especially during the tourist season. The auditorium is quite spacious making it possible to click in some excellent photos of the eye arresting performance The program is designed majorly to entertain the tourist and provide them a glimpse of the culture laden in Kandy.

    Apart from local dances there were drumming performances, fire eating shows and bare feet charcoal walking performances which makes the whole show extremely attractive. For all the visitors to Kandy this is a must see however it is advisable to fetch the tickets in advance due to the rush.

    Location: Sangharaja Mawatha, Kandy

    Best Time: The show starts at 5:00pm (subject to change)

    Price: 1070 LKR (approx)
  • 04International 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
  • 05Take 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
  • 06Pinnewala 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
  • 07Perandeniya 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)

  • 08Ceylon 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)
  • 09Visit 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

  • 10Get a Massage at Ayurveda Wedagedara

    When it comes to Ayurvedic treatment and Massage therapies then nothing can excel, the professionalism and arrangement of Ayurveda Wedagedara. The centre has efficient Ayurvedic consultants, experienced massage therapists, qualified doctors and skilled nurse practitioners to help the visitors with various ailments and chronic health problems.

    The centre provides both wellness treatments as well as Ayurvedic training. There are various packages and multiple message treatments which can be availed with an advance appointment. The ambience is good and a must visit location for relaxation as well as healing.

     Location: Rajasinghe Mawatha Kandy