Kandy

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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.

FOX Resorts Kandy
FOX Resorts Kandy
5 out of 5
No.125, Richmond Hill, Heerasgala, Kandy
The price is CA $136 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
This family-friendly Kandy resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kandy Lake, Kandy Clock Tower and Wales Park. Royal Palace of Kandy and ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Shiny new hotel with amazing views.
"A very good hotel, brand new. The location is perfect right in the hills away from the town, you will need to have transport to get to town that can be easily arranged and cheap. Great pool, lovely gardens"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

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Sky Pavilion
Sky Pavilion
3.5 out of 5
102/123, Hewaheta Rd, Thalwatta, Kandy
Situated in Kandy, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Udawatta Kele Sanctuary and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Temple of the Tooth. Kandyan Art Association & Cultural ...
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

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Range Hotel Kandy
Range Hotel Kandy
3.5 out of 5
102/125 Hewahata Road, Thalwatta, Kandy
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

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Kandy Shady Trees Villa
Kandy Shady Trees Villa
2.5 out of 5
66/65 Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy
The price is CA $26 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
Situated in Kandy, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Lakeside Adventist Hospital and Kandy Lake. Temple of the Tooth is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Kandy Railway ...
3.7/5Good! (14 reviews)
"We loved our stay at Kandy Shady Trees thanks to the very welcoming and accommodating nature of our hosts. The room we stayed in was large and very comfortable and breakfast was fresh and substantial. The location is up a steep hill (we took a tuk tuk up and down it) but could be walked. Views from ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2019

Kandy Shady Trees Villa
Mountbatten Bungalow
Mountbatten Bungalow
3.5 out of 5
No 4, Spring Hill Estate, Bowalawatta, Kandy
The price is CA $207 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
This family-friendly Kandy villa is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Amaya Medical Center and Ceylon Tea Museum. Royal Botanical Garden ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Beautiful accommodation but need own transport
"Mountbatten Bungalow was amazing. It’s very luxurious accommodation and the staff were great. Our room was huge with a comfortable bed, there was a huge bath in the bathroom and a good shower too. The house is well decorated and the gardens and pool area were beautiful. Breakfast was tasty too. Our ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 3, 2019

Mountbatten Bungalow
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3.5 out of 5
5/16A, Uplands, Kandy
The price is CA $55 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in the heart of Kandy, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Udawatta Kele Sanctuary and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Temple of the Tooth. Asgiri Maha Viharaya ...
3.9/5Very Good! (54 reviews)
"Excellent small hotel with excellent service. A very good dinner and breakfast."

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

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