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Activities to Do in Kandy 

Visit The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Hike to Alagalla Mountain Range, Watch Kandyan Dance Performance, Explore International Buddhist Museum, Visit the Beautiful Kandy Lake See Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage and many more.

Surrounded by tea plantations and mountains from all over the place, you will never run out of options for the things to do in Kandy. From visiting the sacred places to hiking in the mountains to exploring the International Buddhist Museum to watching local Kandyan performances to visiting the Botanical and spice gardens, Kandy offers you a wide range of activities that suits the itinerary of everyone. Even the wildlife and exotic flora and fauna are in abundance in this holy city of Sri Lanka that will amuse you. 

If you are someone looking for a fun time then the best things to do in Kandy include indulging in some delicious local delicacies and watching the famous Kandyan dance performances while you are in Kandy. The city is bustling with street markets, heritage places and religious spots that travellers can explore and get the taste of the Kandyan culture.

Here are some of the best things to do in Kandy:

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Day trip to Sigiriya

Nominated as UNESCO World Heritage in 1982 as well as the eighth wonder of the world, visiting Siliguri is the best thing to do in Kandy. You have to drive for or 2.5 hours from Kandy to reach Dambulla. This place has caves that were used by King Walagamba when he was in exile for 14 years.

The rocks in the area rise to 600 feet and were used to build King Kasyapa's fortress, which is present in ruins.

Location: Rock Front, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka

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Locals can enter the site after they pay Rs50 entrance fee.
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About the Kandy Day Tour:

- After picked up at 8:00 am from the hotel in Kandy, you will explore the most popular places in Kandy, including Bahirwa Kanda hill which has a massive Buddha statue standing upon it.

- Pay a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens and witness the exquisite collection of orchids.

- Set off on an adventurous hike to the Udawattakele Forest Reserve and relish the magnificent vistas on the way.

- Embark upon a spiritual Kandy city tour by visiting Tooth Relic temple situated in the royal palace complex. This temple has preserved Buddha’s sacred tooth since time unknown.

- Head towards Kandy View Point and capture the most panoramic shots with your loved ones.

- Take a break from the Kandy day tour and enjoy the scrumptious meals at a well-known restaurant.

- Learn about the local delicacies and drinks of the city at Mawanella spice garden and Girigama Tea factory. At 4:00 pm approx. you will be drop off to your hotel.

About The Kandy City:

Popular as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy City is known for its alluring temples and numerous sightseeing spots. A typical Kandy day tour is a perfect blend of scenic attractions, religious shrines, food joints, and historical monuments. From relaxing in the Royal Botanical Garden to enjoying the city view from the back of Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, there are a wide array of activities that Kandy city tour offers to its visitors.

If you wish to delve into the rich history of Kandy, don’t forget to explore the iconic temple of Tooth Relic which has held a tooth of Buddha since ages. On your visit to this temple, you can also soak in the beauty of its nearby Kandy lake. This lake is the most sought-after spot in the city which lures the visitors with its isolated surroundings.

Kandy city also encompasses some really popular restaurant which will leave you gaping in awe of its delicious local cuisines. Some of the popular restaurants in this area include The Kandy Garden Cafe, Foodlands, and Licensed To Grill.

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Visit The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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Locally known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, the temple of the Sacred Tooth relic conserves the most important relics that have ever been in conservation - the tooth of Buddha. Considered the most religiously extraordinary place among Buddhists, the temple attracts tourists from all corners of the world. With a gold roof, this World Heritage site stands tall in architectural language.

The tooth's casing resembles a stupa and is carefully tucked in it. 

Location: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

Price: Rs 1500
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Hike to Alagalla Mountain Range

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Going deep into Sri Lanka, in the west of Kandy, is the location of the Alagalla Mountain Range. Hikers are eager to climb this 3,744-foot (1,440 meters) peak that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the country and the mountain ranges. This is easily one of the most thrilling and breathtaking adventurous activities you can indulge in Kandy. 

Location: Boundaries of the Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces in Sri Lanka

Difficulty Level: Moderate
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See Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala is the largest herd of captive elephants in the world and is the orphanage nursery and breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. The Pinnewala elephant orphanage is the home of 93 elephants. You can spend an entire day exploring the biggest home of Wild Asian elephants in the world here. Observe the adorable creatures from a close proximity and how they go about their day.

Visitors can even play with the elephants, feed them, get pictures clicked with them and also get a chance to understand how the orphanage caters to these elephants. 

Location: B199, Rambukkana 71100, Sri Lanka

Price: Local Ticket Prices 
Adult: LKR 110.00
Children: LKR 30.00 (3-12 Years)
Children: LKR 20.00

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Watch Kandyan Dance Performance

One of the best things to do in Kandy is to interact with the ritual dances of Sri Lanka. By this, you may get a profound knowledge about the cultures and traditions of the country. The performances by the Indian dancers, in heavy jewelry with mystic masks and elegant tiaras, are very encaptivating. Then comes the thrilling national dance of Sri Lanka, the Kandyan Dance.

The Kandyan Dance portrays the cultural tradition and rituals of Sri Lanka. The performance like Khomba Kapadiya is based on the movements of birds and animals, and how graceful and enthusiastic they are. This dance also speaks a lot about the legends, and it will keep you gasping for more.
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Explore International Buddhist Museum

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To learn about the history and the growth, the culture, and study how Buddhism spread through Asia, the International Buddhist Museum is the best place you can visit in the world. It is one of a kind Museum that exhibits artifacts, artworks, and other items related to Buddhism. For the establishment of the World Buddhist Museum, seventeen countries came together and encased the exhibits of their nations.

With these 17 different countries coming together for their exhibits, you may come to know how the tales of Buddhism vary in these countries. There are also some shops at the end of the museum from where you can purchase souvenirs.

Location: Hemamali Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Price:
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Visit the Beautiful Kandy Lake

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Kandy lake was built to beautify the temple of the Sacred Tooth. This lake is surrounded by lush greenery and mountains and taking a stroll by the lake is a seren experience in itself . Travellers also indulge in some early morning jog around the lake and consider it one of the best things you can do in Kandy in your free timeYou can go for a long walk or a jog along the shore of Kandy lake.

Boat rides are also available in the lake for you to enjoy the picturesque mountains that stand behind this beauty.
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Visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

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Botanical Garden in Pokhara, which was once the favorite place of the Kandyan Queen is situated in Kandy's suburb of Peradeniya. This Garden holds over 4000 species of plants, especially orchids which are among the most superior plants in Asia. This botanical garden makes the Orchard collection and the Palm trees the highlight.

Not just flowering plants, this garden has an extensive collection of medicinal plants and spices which can be spotted all across the area. 

Location: Peradeniya Rd, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Price: Rs. 1500
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Explore Ceylon Tea Museum

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Another one of the entertaining things to do in Kandy with family is exploring the Ceylon Tea Museum, which was built back in 1925. After the failure of coffee cultivation, at the Hatana land, it became one of the first areas that started the tea cultivation. After the closure of the factory, it was abandoned. After being abandoned for more than a decade, it got recently revamped. The tea museum consists of four floors, exhibiting the exhibits of the tea pioneers, James Taylor and Thomas Lipton.

The ground floor along with the second floor exhibit ancient items of machinery and the first floor includes a hugel library along with an auditorium that includes audio visual presentations. The third floor is entirely dedicated to tea sale outlets, housing some of the finest Sri Lankan teas. Finally the entire top floor is a beautiful tea cafe, from where you can catch a stunning panoramic view of the entire Kandy town through a telescope.


Location: Hantana Rd, Sri Lanka

Price: The price of adult tickets is 800 LKR. The price of child tickets is 400 LKR.
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Take a Visit to Spice Garden

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Sri Lanka is known as Spice Island as it consists of three famous Spice Gardens- Ranweli spice gardens in Kandy and Arunalu spice gardens in Matale and the New Ranweli Spice gardens in Kandy. The spices are grown by organic methods, and the trading is done with the fair trade certification. What makes these spices famous and renowned is their quality.

When you visit the Spice Garden of Kandy, they will show you the process of cultivation, harvesting, cleaning, and packaging of the 15 different varieties of spices that are cultivated here. They also inform you about the health benefits and what these spices and herbs are used for. 
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Visit Udawattakele Forest Reserve

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If you wish to explore the rich biodiversity in Kandy, a trip to Udawattakele forest reserve is a must visit. Popular for being home to multiple species of birds, the forest reserve is located amidst the beautiful lush green forest. Exotic birds like Brown-capped Babbler, Yellow-fronted Barbet and  Layard’s Parakeet can be witnessed here.

Take a trip down to the reserve and you will also get to witness wide varieties of fauna including wild boar, porcupine and more roaming around. 

Location: Hill ridge, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Time: 7 AM to 6 PM

Price: 30 Rs
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Roam the Streets and City Centre

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Another entertaining thing to do in Kandy is exploring the streets bustling with local shops along with the City Centre. Located right across the Kandy lake, you can easily spot the old buildings and street vendors close by. The ten story commercial and retails complex includes everything from clothes to shoes to souvenirs for a shopping lover.

Your day will easily get concluded while exploring the street of Kandy full of interesting local shops, food stalls selling the local delicacy from Kandy, coconut water and more.
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Take Blessings at St.Paul’s Church

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Another tourist attraction, located near the sacred grounds of the temple of the tooth relic is the Saint Paul Church. It was built to symbolize the power of the British. This structure looks striking from the outside and calms from the inside. Marvel at this architectural masterpiece that is built on a cruciform plan based on the Cross. The symmetrical pairs of entrances form a stunning backdrop and also affords ample space for the visitors to explore. With every altar, you can glance at a completely different angle of the church.

If you are looking for a rather peaceful activity to do in Kandy,  St.Paul’s Church is not only a visual treat to the eyes but also has an extremely calm and peaceful ambiance. 

Location: St. Paul's Church, Deva Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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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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  1. Which are the best things to do in Kandy?

    Enjoy the picturesque train ride: Being the starting point of one of the world’s more stunning train routes, this 4 to 7 hour journey will take you across the plantation hills amidst the lush green beauty of Sri Lanka. Feel the wind in your hair and soak in the natural beauty on the way. 

    Hike across the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary: 
    Hike across the 257 acres of huge forest reserve of Udawattakele  and explore the wide range of exotic flora and fauna along with visiting the meditation centers around. 

    Explore the old Royal Palace: 
    Famous for being the royal residence of the Sinhalese monarchy of the Kingdom, one must visit and explore the beauty of the old Royal Palace in Kandy. Glance through the architectural beauty and learn about the rich history of the generations of kings in Kandy. 
  2. Which are the romantic things to do in Kandy?

    Stroll around the Kandy Lake: A lovely evening walk around Kandy Lake is one of the romantic experiences you can have in Kandy. This place is close to Sri Dalada Maligawa and offers peace and tranquillity.

    Have an outdoor lunch date in Royal Botanical Gardens: 
    The beautiful gardens offer scenic pathways and tree shades under which you can have a little picnic date together. You will find many couples there enjoying this garden with fragrance and beauty.

    Hike and Trek Together: 
    Kandy is the best place for adventurous couples. The Hanthana Mountain Range is popular amongst local hikers. It offers a spectacular view of the landscapes, is home to several birds and animals, some of them are endemic.Put on your hiking shoes and set on a voyage to explore the Hanthana mountain range, and experience the bird’s eye view from the top while you are at it. 
  3. What is the best time to visit Kandy?

    The months from December to April are the best to pay a visit to Kandy and this is the time when the weather in Sri Lanka is dry and soothing. In other months, Sri Lanka experiences heavy monsoon, especially in October and November.
  4. Is Kandy worth visiting?

    If you are a hiking and adventure enthusiast, this place is crawling with mountain ranges that offer a majestic view of the country and beyond. If you are a peace seeker, this place has temples, a meditation center, and a lake that gives you the peace you require. So yes, this place is worth visiting.