Things to do in Kandy

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Kandy

Things to Do in Kandy


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Top Attractions in Kandy

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Bodies of Water
Serene lakeside walk amidst historical and cultural landmarks, with shaded paths for relaxation and wildlife observation. Notable for its tranquil atmosphere and scenic views.
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Monuments & Statues
Buddhist temple provides tranquil hilltop sanctuary with panoramic city vistas, serene sunset climbs, and cultural reflection. Gift shop and key-retrieval enhance visit.
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What travellers are saying

  • Debbie P
    United Kingdom95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience to see the architecture and culture! Fascinating to learn about the history. Be warned it gets very busy around the service times. We went at night when there were many tourists and at times it got very uncomfortable!
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Victorianlad
    Melbourne, Australia17,173 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dominated by a giant hillside Buddha that some hike up to, the short section of Kandy Lake that I walked was serene and had good numbers of birds.

    I can't however vouch for the water quality.
    Written March 27, 2024
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  • CHD6265
    Odiham, UK402 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the effort of trekking up to this vantage point to get your daily workout!. Of course the is no shortage of tuk tuk drivers to offer their support too.

    Once there you of course have to remove shoes (but strangely not cover legs here) which made it hard going on the baking paving slabs. Navigate past the tourist shop (operated by a youngster, smiling lad who clearly had permission to only switch on fan and lights when potential customers were int eh shop - but not much of interest in the for us),

    Climb the stairs to the platform behind the statue shoulders for a magnificent vantage point. Highlight of the visit.

    Hanging paid (usual foreigners price) to get in we were then requested to make an additional donation and for we received a leaflet giving a brief history of the place. Not sure why this isn’t included in the basic entry. All small change in the grand scheme I guess but adds to the feeling of being slowly fleeced by experts!
    Written January 17, 2024
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  • Bandley
    Cumbria, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kandy War Cemetery
    Having visited Sri Lanka several times, one of the places that I wanted to visit was a CWGC Cemetery, on our recent visit in February 2024, this wish was fulfilled.
    What can I say, a beautiful place, which was very peaceful and the grounds are kept immaculately.
    We were greeted by one of the staff who tend these gardens on a daily basis, they were very knowledgeable, giving us an insight about the numerous headstones.
    Well worth a visit for the contemplative hour away from the bustling city.
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • Fentonfamily31
    Sanur, Indonesia18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is definitely worth a visit….but only if you get to meet the caretaker, Harsha.
    Unfortunately it has been closed for over 18 months due to a fallen wall, although to be honest the danger was not evident and the whole place looked in perfect condition due to the clear love and affection Harsha has for the site. He kindly gave us a potted history of the place, plus he opened up the small museum which has some helpful information, photos, newspaper cuttings and letters, including from Prince Charles when he visited a few years back.
    If you walk up the steps to the side of the museum you get a good overview of the cemetery but the sooner it is open the better, there seems no good reason for it to remain closed.
    Written January 29, 2024
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  • niroshan e
    Sri Lanka25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Udawattakele / Royal Forest of Kandy is just 15 minutes drive from Kandy city and it is famous for avifauna. It opens at 8am and closes at 5pm. You have to buy a ticket to enter the forest and carrying plastic items are prohibited. There are three meditation centers situated within the forest but needs permission to enter. Udawattakele has shaded foot pathways. The information center is situated at other end of the forest. It is better to some leech repellents in a wet day. There is a view point at Udawattakele where Kandy city is visible. Giant Liana is a common finding at this forest.
    Written September 18, 2021
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  • Ranshika I
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My family and I spend the weekend in Kandy and were searching for real antique. Very much interested of a shop with collections of antiques to purchase without wasting time we were so happy to find waruna antiques Kandy, the real antique place and made us to buy some oil lamps,ornaments etc, for a very budget price. The only hassle was to locate the waruna antique shop as it is small and with a very little parking space.this shop is not a tourist trap but more towards items with collectables,architects and interior decorators heaven.anyone can call and get the directions or use the Google map and visit this place is to have a highlight of the Kandy tour.
    Written November 20, 2023
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped here during our tuktuk tour, one at the start of the tour while the other one was after watching the Kadayan Dance Show. It was cooler in the evening and the views of the lighted buildings/homes below are beautiful.
    Written March 9, 2024
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  • D F
    London, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting tour of the herb and spice garden. We then sampled some food cooked in front of us. Then followed a complimentary massage using the oils and herbs.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Kartik54
    Mumbai, India256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A more than 100 years old tea factory keeping the original machinery purchased around 1880 kept on display showcasing the technology then. Very well kept place with very friendly staff who enthusiastically show you around. Any tea lover would love to spend areast an hour and also taste the tea being offered to taste . Store on sight sells good collection and variety of teas
    Written November 11, 2023
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I hired the same tuktuk driver who drove me around Kandy on day 2 of my visit. He recommended 3 temples and this temple is one of them. Entrance fee is 500 LHR. It is located at the outskirts of Kandy.

    Like all Buddhist temples, shoes are required to be taken off. Left my shoes where I purchased the entrance ticket. There are several buildings one can visit, all of the show statues of Buddhas plus the Stupa. Towards the back of the big white temple, one can see the big statue of Buddha inside. There are some paintings on the walls near the entrance.

    Note: One walks barefoot on the hot, slippery rocks, not paved lane or path. Might be a problem for elder people with mobility issues
    Written March 9, 2024
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  • Freedom626515
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We weren’t originally planning to visit this but so glad we did. The views are incredible and if you dare go right to the top you can’t believe how high you are. There’s also a great cafe with views!
    Written March 14, 2024
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