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Address: 72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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+94 71 730 3666
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The kandyan heritage

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US$17.50*
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Private Full-Day Tour of Kandy Sights Including Kandy Cultural Dance Show
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Better to be seen in Asia

The dancing was decent, but not of great quality. Though this is a nice insight into the culture of Sri Lanka, with particular regard to the costumes and music. The playing around... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 September 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2014

Brilliant dance performance - really enjoyed the Ves dance, and the firewalking afterwards. Beautiful costumes and a great insight into traditional dance.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014

The dancing was decent, but not of great quality. Though this is a nice insight into the culture of Sri Lanka, with particular regard to the costumes and music. The playing around with fire at the end was average. Compared to shows like this I've seen in Southeast Asia it is hard to call this great, but it is worth... More 

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Banwell
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2014

Traditional Kandian dance and costume. Well done and the right amount of time in a very warm venue. Followed by fire eating and walking on coals outside.

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Monterey, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2014

intimate experience, where you meet dancers after the performance. During my visit rain came down with force, we kept moving around the theater not to get to wet. This all created an atmosphere of joy and closeness. You are in the mountains ,carry an umbrella. The costumes where intriguing and dancers performed with great skill.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2014

While not wholly authentic, this 60-minute show was fast-paced and very entertaining, especially the fire-walking at the end. The costumes and music were wonderful.

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Goa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2014 via mobile

Found people dozing during the performance. I had a quick nap too. Pretty boring except for the last bit. The fire walking. But everyone must've seen that atleast once in their lives elsewhere. Unless you have nothing to do don't bother. The good seats are "reserved" by travel guides. It's free seating btw. Bad ventilation in the hall. Only couple... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2014

I saw this dance in June of 2014. It was an average performance. It started a bit late but covered everything that was on the program. I have seen many dances like this before so I was not too thrilled about it. Like the earlier reviews say the soul was missing in this. Their fire dance at the end was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2014

compare our country dance performance it is so bored but I appreciate and nice to know other culture when i visited a country... some of the dancer not rely with the team...just follow it..fortunetely kendangs save their performance ..and nice fire dance, with 500 srilankan rupee its worth it

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014

I can't believe I wasted an hour of my life for this, the whole show was of very low standard, there are only one or two dancer that knows what they were doing, I know the whole dance is a story and it has a deeper meaning, but the whole performance is much worse than a normal elementary school performance.... More 

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Wondai, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014

This is a good value show to go and see. 500 rupees per person gives you an hour of fast paced, colourful and spectacular activity. The drummers are very skilled and the dancers elegant and very pretty in their colourful outfits. We enjoyed it. Pick up a free programme at the door so it makes some sense.

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