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Kandy

Travel Guide
Kandy

Discover colonial-era relics and Sri Lanka’s most revered religious site at this romantic city nestled amid the undulating landscapes of the Hill Country.

Famous for its illustrious Buddhist temple, lively arts scene and lingering aura of colonialism, Kandy is one of central Sri Lanka’s most rewarding destinations. Kandy sits amid the cool climate of the Hill Country, a picturesque region of mountains and valleys clad in lush tea plantations. Once the capital of the Sinhalese kingdom, the nation’s second-largest city was colonized by the British in 1815. Today join pilgrims and tourists in Kandy looking for an escape from the sweltering coastal towns.

The UNESCO-protected city center stands on the northern shore of Kandy Lake with an attractive collection of temples and palaces. Visit the venerated Temple of the Tooth, which guards a tooth of the Lord Buddha. See exhibits about Buddhist practices throughout the world at the World Buddhism Museum. Admire the 19th-century St. Paul’s Church and spot colonial tombs at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Learn about the Sinhalese kingdom and British rule at the National Museum, housed in the Royal Palace.

Explore handicraft shops and browse artisan markets while wandering the streets of the commercial district. Walk uphill to see the imposing Bahirawa Buddha Statue. Nearby is Asigiriya Stadium, where fans come to cheer on Sri Lanka’s Lions, the national cricket team.

Stroll along Kandy Lake’s shores or join a boat cruise at Kandy Lake Jetty. Mingle with monks and devotees at Malwathu Maha Viharaya temple. Relax in pretty Wales Park and enjoy superb city views at Kandy View Point.

Hike through thick forests, breathe in crisp mountain air and spot myriad birdlife at Udawattakelle Sanctuary. Catch a bus or rickshaw to Peradenuya, home to the Royal Botanical Garden. See orchid houses, orderly gardens and spice plantations, among other features.

Reach Kandy by taking a scenic train journey from either Colombo or Ella. Stay overnight at hotels tucked away in the city’s surrounding hills. Come in summer and join in the flamboyant events of Kandy Esala Perahera, a 10-day pageant that celebrates the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha.

Range Hotel Kandy
Range Hotel Kandy
3.5 out of 5
102/125 Hewahata Road, Thalwatta, Kandy
The price is $100 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kandy Lake, National Museum, and International Buddhist Museum. Malwathu Maha Viharaya ...
3.4/5 (5 reviews)
Great views on top of the hill.
"15 minute tuktuk into Kandy town. Yummy breakfast omette on the rooftop."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2017

Range Hotel Kandy
The Grand Kandyan
The Grand Kandyan
5 out of 5
89/10, Lady Gordon's Drive, Kandy
This family-friendly Kandy hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Temple of the Tooth and Royal Palace of ...
The Grand Kandyan
Sky Pavilion
Sky Pavilion
3.5 out of 5
102/123, Hewaheta Rd, Thalwatta, Kandy
Situated in Kandy, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Kandy Lake, and Temple of the Tooth. Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay. From check in to check out everything was efficient, professional & very friendly. The staff were amazing & their service outstanding. Breakfast was delicious & served with a breath taking view!! After a long dusty day to be able to return to the Sky Pavillion for dinner ..."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

Sky Pavilion
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