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Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Historically the local Buddhist rulers resisted Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial expansion and occupation.

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1 - Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

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2 - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic things to do in Kandy

3 - Safaris in Kandy

(SKU: LK60024300) Wasgamuwa National Park is a haven for many species of flora and displaced fauna. Nature lovers find Wasgamuwa interesting with its high biodiversity.

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4 - Nuwara Eliya

   26 km away

Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means "city on the plain" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate – the coolest area in Sri Lanka.

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5 - Meemure

   28 km away

Meemure is a village with a population of about 400. It is located near the border between Kandy District and Matale District in the Knuckles Mountain Range.

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6 - Archaeology Tours in Kandy

Enjoy a relaxing, and comfortable private transfer, both professional English guiding & safe driving by Buddhika Highlights • Visit Sigiriya rock fortress with king palace, a UNESCO world heritage site • Village tour with lunch • Explore the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka

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7 - Mountain Bike Tours in Kandy

This is an exclusive mountain biking experience offered only by us. We provide best bikes in Sri Lanka and our trails are very unique. we will be riding through gravel and concrete roads, forest covers abundant plantations. We will be visiting a panoramic view point near a lake.

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8 - Rafting in Kandy

Rafting in Sri Lanka is one of the most thrilling experiences. This whitewater rafting section of the Kelani River is suitable for amateurs as well as professionals. During the river run you will experience the thrill of shooting rapids and the euphoria of making it through. You don't require a higher degree of rafting skills or swimming experience as the rapids of Kalani River are graded as 2 and 3. Some of the rapids of the Kalani River are named with unique names such as Virgin’s Breast, Killer Falls, Butter Crunch and Head Chopper.

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9 - Camping in Kandy

Knuckles is a world heritage forest in Sri Lanka and it offers magnificent views and harbors many species endemic to this forest range.Hiking in this World heritage Knuckles mountain range will be an experience of a lifetime. To name few of the animals endemic to this range: Crestless Lizard (Calotes Leocephalus), Pigmy Lizard (Cophotis ceylonica) and Kangaroo Lizard (Otocryptus Wiegmanni) and are leaf nose lizard (Ceretophora Tennennti). On the ther hand it has many waterfalls and mountain peaks to climb and explore. Knuckles range is home to no less than 200 bird species. Fifteen of these species are endemic to Sri Lanka, they are: Spot Wing thrush, Sri Lankan blue magpie Jungle fowl, Yellow-fronted barbet, small barbet, Sri Lankan warbler, White faced starling, Sri Lanka white-eye, Black headed bulbul, Yellow eared bulbul, dusk blue flycatcher, brown capped babbler and Layard’s parakeet.

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How to visit Kandy ?

Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, is a must-visit destination for travelers who want to experience the rich history, culture, and natural beauty of the island nation. The city is home to the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses a tooth of the Buddha, making it an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Other attractions include the picturesque Kandy Lake, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the annual Esala Perahera festival.

To get to Kandy, you can take a train or bus from Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. The train ride is particularly scenic and takes around 2.5 to 3 hours, while the bus ride is slightly shorter but less comfortable. Alternatively, you can hire a private taxi or rent a car to drive to Kandy, which takes around 3 hours.

It is advisable to book tickets for the train journey in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly, especially during peak season. You can book tickets online or at the Colombo railway station. If you plan to visit during the Esala Perahera festival (usually in July or August), make sure to book accommodations and tickets for festival events well in advance, as they can be in high demand.

The costs in Kandy are generally affordable, with accommodations and food being inexpensive compared to Western standards. Entrance fees for attractions such as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the Royal Botanical Gardens range from $10 to $15.

Some of the best things to do in Kandy include visiting the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, strolling around Kandy Lake, exploring the Royal Botanical Gardens, and attending a traditional Kandyan dance performance. You can also visit the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, which offers panoramic views of the city.

For dining options, consider trying local Sri Lankan cuisine at restaurants like Balaji Dosai for delicious South Indian vegetarian dishes, or Sharon Inn for traditional rice and curry dishes. For a more international fare, head to Café Aroma Inn, which offers a range of Western and Asian dishes.

When it comes to accommodations, there are several budget-friendly options such as Kandy City Hostel and Clock Inn Kandy. For a more luxurious stay, consider booking a room at the Earl's Regency Hotel or the OZO Kandy.

Off the beaten path: If you're looking for an unusual travel experience in Kandy, consider visiting the Ceylon Tea Museum, located a short drive away from the city center. The museum is housed in a former tea factory and offers a fascinating insight into the history of tea production in Sri Lanka. You can also enjoy a guided tour of the museum, which includes a tea tasting session at the end. Another off-the-beaten-path experience is trekking through the Udawattekele Sanctuary, a lush forest reserve located behind the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. This serene escape from the city bustle is home to a variety of flora and fauna, as well as several Buddhist meditation hermitages.

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