Welcome to Kandy


And when the drizzle subsides, cobalt-blue skies reveal a city of imposing colonial-era and Kandyan architecture, none more impressive than the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Buddhism's most sacred shrines.

History and culture are on tap. Yes, the city is renowned for the great Kandy Esala Perahera festival (held annually in July/August), but its vibrant cultural life and attractions more than justify a visit at any time of year.


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$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Last Kingdom Private Day Tour in Kandy

You will be picked up around 6am from your hotel in Colombo, Mount Lavinia or Negombo and then proceed to Kandy, en route visit Spice Garden in Mawanella and a Tea Factory in Giragama. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated exports and are used for medicines and cosmetics as well as to flavor foods. You will sample scents and flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, pepper, vanilla and cardamom. Batik is the ancient art of mixing colors using wax as the main component and Sri Lanka is one of the world’s leading exponents. Examples range from simple, single-colored designs to multi-colored masterpieces.On arrival at Giragama, you will visit a tea plantation 1,673 feet (510 meters) above sea level. Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. Your will spend an hour exploring the the plantation and factory before leaving for Kandy which is approximately 30 minutes away.Kandy, the hill capital, is another World Heritage Site. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri Samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse. Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Do the city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred Tooth Relic, upper lake drive and market square, Gem Lapidary and Wood Carving center. During the city tour you will enjoy your lunch at Oakray Restaurant. After this visit, you will proceed to your hotel where you will be dropped off.

$30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Kandy Highlights Tour with Pinnawala Elephant orphanage

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala, Sabaragamuwa ProvinceThe centre opens at 8.30 in the morning and closes at 6pm daily. Bottle feeding is at 9.15am, 1.15pm & 5pm and bathing times at the river is at 10am and 2pm.The bathing hours are followed up by the feeding hour at the main center of the orphanage. Baby elephants are bottle fed. Selected visitors have a chance of bottle feeding milk to the baby elephants.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central Province the holding place of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha which has been enshrined on the island since the 4th century.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kandy View Point, Kandy, Kandy District, Central Provinceyou can see the amazing city view on this kandy view point.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy District, Central ProvinceThe location of the finest of its kind in Asia Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the finest of its kind in Asia, the largest of the botanical gardens of Sri LankaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceSri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. Duration: 1 hour

$80 Tours & Sightseeing

Kandy Day Tour from Colombo

You will be picked up at your hotel in Colombo (or the cruise port) at approximately 7am and transported to Kandy. En-route, visit Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. stop-over at the Ayurvedic Herbal Spice Garden to learn more about the root of Ayurvedic medicine as a system of traditional Hindu medicine. En route visit the Tea Factory in Kegalle where  you can sample various tea's in the tea factory. We will also visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and visit the Bahirawakanda Budda Statue top of the mountain. Visit View point in Kandy. Enjoy your lunch at Tourist Restaurant  Kandy. When the tour is finished, you will be taken back to your hotel.

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Private Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kandy

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceUnesco world heritage siteDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceCave temples complex of Buddhist monks. Unesco world heritage siteDuration: 1 hour

$545 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Sri Lanka Heritage Private Tour

Day 1 : ARRIVE / SIGIRIYA You will be picked up at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and warmly greeted by your personal chauffeur guide and transferred to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 hours drive). Spend Overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.DAY 2: SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA Morning : Visit The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage site) with approx. 2 hours driveAfternoon: Climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress and visit rocky abode and water gardens, an UNESCO world heritage and one of the Wonders of the World).Spend Overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.DAY 3: SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / KANDYMorning: Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory and a spice garden where you can see the best spices in Sri Lanka. Afternoon: You will do the city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary and more Spend Overnight in Kandy. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 4 : KANDY/ NUWARA ELIYA Morning: Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in AsiaOn completion of the botanical garden visit, you will be driven to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a tea plantation and tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Spend Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Accommodation is in a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 5 : NUWARA ELIYA / COLOMBODrive to Colombo. En route visit Devon & St. Claire's waterfalls. Arrive Colombo in the evening and spend overnight in Colombo. Accommodation is in a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 6 : COLOMBOWe will take you to the airport based on your flight schedule.

$883.57 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Night Sri Lanka Tour from Colombo

ItineraryDay 1: Colombo/KandyStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceWe will visit the tooth temple on first day. (This temple was built between the years if 1687 to 1707 by the Kandyan Kings present at the time. It houses a tooth that belonged to ‘Lord Buddha.)Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in KandyEconomy for Budget HotelsStandard for 3 Star HotelsLuxury for 4/5 Star Hotels. Day 2: Kandy/ Dambulla/ Sigiriya/ KandyStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceDambulla Cave Temple is Constructed during the years of 89-77 BC under the reign of King Vattagamni Abhaya also known as King Valagamba is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceSigriya was built by King Seegiri Kasyapa in the fifth century. Sigiriya or Lion Rock is a great achievement in old times. Assigned a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, Sigiriya is Asia's best protected city showing complex arranging around the base of the stone, consolidated with modern designing and watering systems. ) Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Kandy.Economy for Budget Hotels, Standard for 3 Star Hotels, Luxury for 4/5 Star Hotels. Day 3: Kandy/ Ella/ YalaStop At: Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Ella, Uva ProvinceNine Arch Bridge is a bridge in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Little Adam's Peak, Ella, Uva ProvinceLittle Adam's Peak, the eye catching, jaw dropping and conspicuous peak is the one not to miss, Situated in Ella.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ravana Ella Falls, Ella, Uva ProvinceThe Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Yala.Economy for Budget HotelsStandard for 3 Star HotelsLuxury for 4/5 Star Hotels. Day 4: YalaStop At: Yala National Park, Sri LankaDo Yala Safari at 5:30 am in the morning. Yala National Park is the most visited and largest National Park in Sri Lanka. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Yatala Wehera, Tissamaharama, Southern ProvinceYatala Vehera is an ancient Buddhist stupa located in Deberawewa - Thissamaharama area in Hambantota District of Sri Lanka. The stupa is built on a stage made of large flat granite stones and has a surrounding wall of sculpted elephant heads, a moat and a large moonstone.Duration: 40 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Yala. Economy is for budget hotels.Standard is for 3 star hotels.Luxury is for 4 star hotels.Day 5: Yala/ Colombo AirportPass By: Bandaranaike International AirportDrop you at the Airport prior 3 hours to the Departure time.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.