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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kandy

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devote…
Top Choice Bar in Kandy

Royal Bar & Hotel

The best place in Kandy for a drink, the Royal has benefited from a stunning, sympathetic recent renovation. With a couple of atmospheric bars, a lovely central courtyard and a wonderful upper balcony-terrace, this …
Top Choice Sri Lankan in Kandy

Sharon Inn

The nightly buffet dinner (Rs 1100) at this hotel, served at 7.30pm sharp in the starlit rooftop restaurant, is a tasty short cut to falling in love with Sri Lankan cuisine. It's a true feast of veggie curry – jackf…
Top Choice Sri Lankan in Kandy

Kandy Muslim Hotel

No, it’s not a hotel, but this bustling eatery offers Kandy’s best samosas, authentically spiced curries and heaving plates of frisbee-sized, but gossamer-light, flat breads. However, what people really come for are…
Top Choice International in Kandy

Empire Café

This flamboyantly styled, very inviting restaurant, in historical colonial-era premises, has a selection of vibrantly painted (pink and turquoise) dining rooms that make for a great place to take a break from a sigh…
Top Choice Bar in Kandy

Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar

With views out over the lake, pool tables, Premier League football, decent Chinese food and a 5pm to 6pm happy hour, this place is always busy. There's local wine by the glass (Rs 125), arrack drinks, cocktails and …
Lake in Kandy

Kandy Lake

Dominating the town is Kandy Lake. A leisurely stroll around it, with a few stops on the lakeside seats, is a pleasant way to spend a few hours, although diesel-spurting buses careening around the southern edge of t…
Buddhist Temple in Kandy

Degal Doruwa Raja Maha Vihara

Hidden away in Kandy's leafy outskirts is the little-visited, but fascinating, Degal Doruwa Raja Maha Vihara cave temple, constructed (with the help of some obliging boulders) in the 18th century. The interior of th…
Museum in Kandy

Sri Dalada Museum

This museum occupies the upper two floors of the Alut Maligawa building and contains a stunning array of gifts donated by several presidents and Buddhist leaders from across the world to the Temple of the Tooth. Let…
Cemetery in Kandy

Kandy Garrison Cemetery

This well-maintained cemetery contains 163 graves from colonial times. Perhaps the most striking aspect of a visit here is learning just how young most people were when they died – if you made it to 40 you were of a…