15 Things to do in Kandy
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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:

01

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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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

Price:
 Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR  to 2134 LKR

Timings:
 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM
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Hike to Alagalla Mountain Range

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Hike 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.

Hike to Alagalla Mountain Range
Image Credits : Xavier LECOMTE - Flickr


Best Time: Anytime throughout the year

Difficulty Level: Moderate
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03

Watch Kandyan Dance Performance

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Watch 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)
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04

International Buddhist Museum

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International 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. It is one of the famous religious places to visit in Sri Lanka.

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
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Kandy Lake

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Kandy Lake
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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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06

Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
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 in Sri Lanka and is one of the best places to visit in 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. 

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
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Perandeniya Botanical Gardens

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Perandeniya Botanical Gardens
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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

Price
: 2353LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child.(approx)

Best Time
: 7:30am to 5:00pm 
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Ceylon Tea Museum

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Ceylon Tea Museum
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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

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

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

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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 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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Get a Massage at Ayurveda Wedagedara

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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
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Scenic Tour of Kandy in an Airplane
  • Kandy
  • Kandy
₹9,526 ₹8,506

Steeped in magnificent history, Kandy is the most celebrated cultural city in Sri Lanka. Nestled amidst lush tropical plantations at an altitude of 488m, the city’s mild climate and the nip in the air give a welcoming note. As the last kingdom of Sri Lankan Kings, the city has a rich history derived and influenced by both Sinhalese Kings and colonial rulers.

A peaceful evening stroll along the Kandy lake grounds which is situated in the heart of the city surrounded by timeless traditional architecture is absolutely an unforgettable experience. At night, you can catch a glimpse of the breathtaking view of the placid waters mirroring the beauty of the shimmering temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Hosts of travellers visit the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy to pay homage to the sacred relic of Lord Buddha. The best time for a trip to Kandy is the month of August when the colourful cultural pageant of the Tooth Relic takes place. The procession is renowned as one of the most vibrant parades in the world.

About the Activity:
  • Escape from the monotony of everyday life and explore the magical beauty of a paradise island with Cinnamon Air Scenic Flights in Sri Lanka. 
  • Enjoy a bird’s eye view of some of the most iconic landscape of Kandy, a picturesque town of the island as you soar with us on a journey to remember. 
  • This scenic flight will give you 20 minutes of surreal bliss, covering the places of Kandy.
Know before you go: 
  • You will be flying in a luxury Cessna 208B (8 passenger) Grand Caravan 
  • Prior to checking-in, a thorough verification process of documents and guest details will be conducted.
Location: 175 Paranagantota Rd, Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Highland Tour From Colombo to Pinnawala and Kandy
  • 11H
  • Kandy
  • 11H
  • Kandy
₹8,165 ₹7,485

About the Activity:

  • This highland tour from Colombo to Pinnawala and Kandy begins as you get picked up from your respective hotel in Colombo at around 6 AM
  • Proceed towards the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can see elephants being bathed and fed and acquaint yourself with the lifestyle of these majestic creatures.
  • Aftermath, proceed towards Kandy and visit the famous Tooth Relic Temple and see the hilly regions of Sri Lanka
  • During your trip in Kandy, also visit Gadaladeniya Temple, Lankathilaka Viharaya, Embekka Devale and Peradeniya Botanical
  • End your amazing highland exploration tour of Sri Lanka at around 5 PM in the evening by getting dropped off to your hotels. 

Know before you go:

Pick up / Drop from: Hotel in Colombo within city limits

Timmings : 6 AM - 5PM

Transfers: Private car which can accommodate 3 people

Minimum people required to book: 3 people

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Day Tour to Pinnawala, Peradeniya and Kandy from Colombo
  • 8H
  • Colombo
  • 8H
  • Colombo
₹2,100 ₹1,700

Kandy, a famous spot in the Sri Lankan city, imparts great richness in historical as well as religious composition. The location is widely called as the Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic that marks the habitat of several remarkable museums and iconic attractions. The spot is ideal for gathering peace and caters immense delight to the visitors.

About the Package:
The Pinnawala and Kandy day tour lets you experience a delightful sightseeing experience that leads you to the prominent attractions namely Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Peradeniya botanical garden, Kandy- the hill capital. Take advantage of the tour and capture the scenic spots in your lenses.

The package is inclusive of comfortable transportation along with pick up and drop off facility in AC vehicle from the hotel. In addition, the package includes the service of an expert guide and entrance tickets.

Timings: You can book the package for 8 hours time period that starts at 7.30 am.

Starting/Ending Point: Your Hotel or residence

Note: Minimum of two persons and a maximum of 9 persons are required to book the tour package.

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Highland tour from Kandy
  • 12H
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 12H
  • Nuwara Eliya
₹6,124 ₹5,444

About the Activity:

  • This is an amazing day trip which will take you around some of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka including its tea estates and natural sights.
  • Get picked up from your hotels in Kandy at around 7 AM and proceed towards the Nuwara Eliya.
  • On the way to Nuwara Eliya visit the Ramboda Falls which are 109m high and are amongst the highest cascades in the world.
  • After reaching Nuwara Eliya explore and proceed towards Mackwoods tea estate and explore the fragrant, rich and amazing beverage and get to know of its origins.
  • Thereafter, you have 2 hours at leisure to spend at the Hakgala Botanical Gardens.
  • In the evening at around 7 PM head back to your respective hotels in Kandy.
Know Before You Go:

Pick up/Drop off: Hotel in Kandy
Type of transfer: Shared 
Tour Duration: 12 hours
Tour timings: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM
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Tour to Kandy and Hatton in Srilanka
  • 5D/4N
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 5D/4N
  • Nuwara Eliya
₹30,619
About the Activity:
  • Get an amazing experience of sightseeing and adventure by indulging in a 5 D/4 N tour in Hatton and Kandy in Sri Lanka.
  • Stay in Tea Hills bungalow in Hatton for two nights and enjoy the scintillating view of two major water falls.
  • Indulge in a trekking also there and get ready to visit one of the primary tea production center in Hatton and taste good tea.
  • Visit Kandy, another popular tourist place and enjoy shopping in the city.
  • Make a visit to the spice garden for experiencing different types of spices, relish the stay at Kandy hills bungalow for two nights.

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