Things to Do in Kandy

Temple of The Sacred Tooth Relic

Kandy's massive ensemble is an example of architecture that connects the Royal Palace with the Temple of the Tooth. It was one of a succession of temples established at the areas where the relic, the genuine palladium of the Singalese monarchy, was carried after the capital city's many relocations. The history of the spread of one of humanity's most significant religions, Buddhism, is intertwined with the Temple of the Tooth, the royal complex, and the holy city of Kandy. The Temple of Kandy is the result of the final peregrination of Buddha's tooth relic and the testament of a religion that is being practiced today.


The Ceylon Tea Museum

The Ceylon Tea Museum is located at Hantane, three kilometers from Kandy. The museum has four levels. The ground and second floors house antique machinery, while the first level has a library and an auditorium with audio visual presentation capabilities. The third level is dedicated to tea sales shops, where a range of Sri Lanka's quality tea is offered. The entire upper level is a tea café.


Royal Botanical Gardens

The origins of the Botanic Gardens date as far back as 1371. The gardens laid over 147 acres (59 ha) of land area and offers a nice cafeteria in the middle. Cook's Pine Avenue, Palmyra Palm Avenue, Double Coconut Avenue, Cabbage Palm Avenue, and Royal Palm Avenue are some of the avenues on River Drive. This Garden contains the traditional Avenue of Palms. The Cannonball Tree, established in 1901 by King George V of the United Kingdom and Queen Mary, is one object with a notable history. It is frequently packed with fruit that is said to resemble cannonballs.


Udawattekele Sanctuary

The Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, also known as Kandy's Royal Forest Park, is located on a slope behind the Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Tooth Relic. This forest, which covers around 257 acres, is regarded as an important bio reserve for the densely crowded Kandy City. Because of human activity, the forest's state deteriorated, and in 1856, the government designated it as a Forest Reserve, and later in 1938, it was designated as a sanctuary.

It is home to around 400 plant species, 70 bird species, 32 different types of butterflies, and several animals. The route is rich of interesting sights, such as medieval rock homes of Buddhist monks and hermits and the Garrison Cemetery, a British military burial cemetery.

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Kandy View Point

The breathtaking observation point, also known as Arthur's Seat, is located on Kandy's Rajapihilla Mawatha. The location is near Kandy Lake and is surrounded by stunning mountain and meadow views.

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Cultural Dance Show

Cultural Dance Show is an enthralling Sri Lankan Arts, Dance, and Cultural Heritage Show that is a must-see for every tourist to Kandy's old city. There are various locations where a cultural dance event uniting all Sri Lankan dance forms to one stage is planned.


Kandy City Walks

On this city trip, you will go on an in-depth walking excursion of Kandy with a guide. Learn about the significance of the Temple of the Tooth to Buddhists. Wander around Kandy Lake, stopping at gem shops, handicraft shops, and the Kandy market. As you stroll through the picturesque streets, your guide will teach you about city life.


Day Tours from Kandy

Depending on how long you spend in Kandy, you may go on a variety of day tours.

Sigiriya & Dambulla

Full-Day cultural and heritage sightseeing tour to Sigiriya lion rock, Pidurangala or Dambulla cave temple. En route, you may explore spice gardens and taste authentic delicacies at their garden cafes. 


Kithulgala Adventure

As you fight the waves of the Kelani River in Kithulgala, you will be able to feel the thrills of adventure. It is a two-hour, 60-kilometer drive from Kandy and includes waterfall abseiling, canyoning, trekking, hiking, rock/stream sliding, and a confidence jump.

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Knuckles Mountains

The Knuckles mountain range is located in the Districts of Matale and Kandy and is named from the peaks and folds that form a knuckle shape when viewed from certain angles.

The Knuckles Mountain Range is a great site to explore, with diverse views at every turn and a multitude of species to observe thanks to the continuously shifting cloud and mist cover. What this location has to offer will not disappoint you. You may actually walk from eco-system to eco-system, and the terrain changes so dramatically that you feel as if you're on many distinct treks.

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360 View Point

The site is located 35 km from Kandy is an estate bordering Knuckles belonging to the Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation. At the hill at the Upper Division of the estate is a place where you can have a 360º  view of the whole area including the Knuckles range.


Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery, and captive breeding facility for wild Asian elephants located in Pinnawala village, 40 kilometers (one and a half hours) from Kandy. 

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