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KandySri Lanka

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.

Top Hotels in Kandy

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
4 out of 5
124, Srimath Kuda Ratwatte Mawatha, Kandy
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $44 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Situated in Kandy, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Asgiri Maha Viharaya, Kandy Lake, and Temple of the Tooth. Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha and Asgiriya ...

4.3/5Excellent! (271 reviews)

"The hotel itself is a perfect getaway from the hustle of Kandy! It’s location is a little out of the city, but the trade off is complete tranquility! The staff are so kind and helpful, we really enjoyed our stay!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
The Grand Kandyan
The Grand Kandyan
5 out of 5
89/10, Lady Gordon's Drive, Kandy
The price is $87 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 23

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (100 reviews)
Three nights of bliss to start Sri Lankan trip

"The service here was fantastic. The breakfast was amazing. Roof top swims a delight. Yes, a few things needed fixing up in our room but to be honest this is five star luxury at UK bed and breakfast prices. It felt special to be there and everyone treated you as such. If you get the chance seek out ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

The Grand Kandyan
 OZO Kandy Sri Lanka
OZO Kandy Sri Lanka
4 out of 5
No 31, Saranankara, Mawatha, Kandy

Located in the heart of Kandy, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Temple of the Tooth and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre. Royal ...

4.4/5Excellent! (342 reviews)
One night only

"Lovely airy reception area. Staff very friendly and efficient. Room was a good size - very clean and comfortable . Great nights sleep in a scrumptious bed . Loved the view from the upstairs bar/pool area at night - worth a visit ."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

OZO Kandy Sri Lanka

Popular places to visit in Kandy

Temple of the Tooth
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Temple of the Tooth

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Find out about the history of Temple of the Tooth, one of the top monuments in Kandy. Wander the lakeside in this culturally rich area.

Kandy Lake
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Kandy Lake

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Kandy Lake, a popular spot to commune with nature in Kandy. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Royal Botanical Garden
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Royal Botanical Garden

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Royal Botanical Garden, a lovely green space in Peradeniya. Wander the lakeside in this culturally rich area.

Top things to do in Kandy

Private Overnight Luxury Leopard Safari - Yala National Park
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Private Overnight Luxury Leopard Safari - Yala National Park

$900
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Whitewater Rafting in Kitulgala With Lunch
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Whitewater Rafting in Kitulgala With Lunch

$140
Per adult
Private Nuwara Eliya Tour: Tea, Locals & Nature
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Private Nuwara Eliya Tour: Tea, Locals & Nature

$96
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Best Day Trip to Kandy: Nature & Culture
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Best Day Trip to Kandy: Nature & Culture

$163
Per adult
All-Inclusive Private Kandy Day Tour from Kandy
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All-Inclusive Private Kandy Day Tour from Kandy

$95
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Transfer from Gampola to Sri Lanka Colombo Airport (CMB)
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Private Transfer from Gampola to Sri Lanka Colombo Airport (CMB)

$115
Per adult

Reviews of Kandy

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good 32.8125%
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3 - Okay 15.625%
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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 24, 2020

The area around Kandy Lake is quite beautiful and delightful to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 29, 2019

Amazing and historical place. Such beauty and positivity

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

It was a nice stay before launching off in the scenic train to Ella.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 19, 2019

Not my favorite city, but certainly one filled with rich Sri Lankan culture and history. The sacred Temple of the Tooth is a magical landmark.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 2, 2019

If at least mcdonalds open here!

4/5 - Good

Zvika

May 1, 2019

Nice city. If you don’t plan to travel for location around one night will be enough

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