11 Places to see in Kandy

Known for spirituality and laid-back charm, Kandy has everything peaceful and balmy about it. The beautiful Sri Lankan city is also a popular attraction for Buddhists. There are quite a few temples, meditation centres with dense nature around, and exciting trails. Go around and discover eternal comfort as you plan a much-awaited trip to Sri Lanka. The Kandy city is located 116 km North of Colombo at an altitude of 490m above mean sea level. The city including its 33 historical buildings have been declared as a world living heritage city by UNESCO in 1988. The man-made tank is on to your right and you have the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in front you at a far distance. 

Kandy is located in the Central province of Srilanka and 100 km from Katunayake international airport - 2 hours drive

Kandy city is usually crowded in weekends, special holidays, long weekends and full moon days. 

If you don't like to see fully crowded roads with heavy traffics don't visit Kandy on those days.

From July to August Hotel Accommodation is almost double the price because of the famous Kandy Procession.

Some of the roads will be closed even in the day time in "Perahera Period" ( July to August ) because of the security reasons.

01. Sacred Temple of tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic or Sri Dalada Maligawa is a Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.

Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. The relic was historically held by Sinhalese kings. The temple of the tooth is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple and the relic.

Note to remember

This is a Buddhist temple and be caution of your clothes. 

When we enter to Buddhist temples we need to remove our Hats and Shoes. you can use temple shocks 

Better to hire a site guide & there are audio guides you can use.

02. The Famous Kandy Procession

It is an event of great historical and cultural significance of the Temple of Tooth Relic, which takes place annually in the hill capital of Sri Lanka in the month of July/August, on days fixed according to auspicious times. the whole festival includes 17 major and minor processions The final procession of Dalada Perahera (Ran doli) travels round the Kandy city on the Esala Full moon day (falls in the month of July) or Nikini Full moon day (falls on the month of August) each year

Note to remember

This is an annual event happens in Kandy.

At that time traveling on the streets are very difficult due to road blocks and security, and accommodation inside the city is very expensive in procession season.

03. Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. In 2016, the garden was visited by 1.2 million locals and 400,000 foreign visitors.

It is near the Mahaweli River. It is renowned for its collection of orchids


Note to remember

Use google Maps inside the Park to cover every places without missing any place.

You have to walk this is the largest botanical garden of the country.

Must visit place if you are a Flora enthusiastic person 

04. Kandyan Cultural Show

The Kandy Cultural Dance Show is a stimulating Sri Lankan Arts, Dance & Cultural Heritage Show that is a must see for any visitor who visits the historic city of Kandy. These Dances are performed at local ceremonies and rituals using drums and costumes that are unique to each area. Among the attractions are the Dances depicting the majestic walk of the elephant, colourful performance of the peacock and the mystical movements of the cobra.

Note to remember

There are some dancing clubs and organizations are in Kandy who organize these shows for foreigners.

Check on google for the time and place of the show. check their google  reviews as well before you go to the show. 

You need to buy tickets for the show

05. British Garison Cemetery

British Garrison Cemetery is a British cemetery in Kandy, Sri Lanka, for British nationals who died in Ceylon. It was established in 1817 just after British captured the Kandy and closed in 1873 due to a ban on burials within the municipal limits, although special provision was given to allow the burial of relatives of those interred in the cemetery, with last person buried there being Annie Fritz in 1951. The cemetery contains 195 graves of men, women and children. The most common causes of death were tropical diseases such as malaria and cholera.

Note to remember

The original entrance is from Udawatte Sanctuary. But you can visit this place from Sacred tooth temple end also.

there is a small path for the cemetery at the end of the temple. ask from the securities how to go to the Garison cemetery they will show you the way.

06. Kandy Royal Garden ( Udawatte Sanctuary )

Udawattakele Forest Reserve often spelled as Udawatta Kele, is a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge in the city of Kandy. It is 104 hectares large. During the days of the Kandyan kingdom, Udawattakele was known as “Uda Wasala Watta” in Sinhalese meaning “the garden above the royal palace”.



Note to remember

This is a small sanctuary of Srilanka.

No polythene and plastics are allowed.

Be aware of Leeches 

07. Nelligala International Buddhist Center

Nelligala International Buddhist Center is a Buddhist temple situated in Muruthalawa village in the Kandy district. Situated on top of a mountain, it is a popular place for sightseeing visitors and tourists due to its sheer beauty and amazing view of the surrounding landscape. It is a modern temple with its construction being commenced in 2015. The Nelligala International Buddhist Center is a popular site visited by both Buddhists and people from various other religions. It is a place that brings along peace and tranquility to its visitors. The gold color Buddha statues of the temple create a unique and picturesque sight to see in contrast with the blue sky above. The temple includes sacred relics of The Buddha

Note to remember

This is a Buddhist Temple, be caution of your dress. Try to avoid the Full moon days and Sundays are usually crowded from Buddhist devotes. Don’t forget to bring your camera and GoPro.

08. World Buddhist Museum

Located close to the Temple of the Tooth, inside the royal palace complex, The International Buddhist Museum is a complete knowledge base and a showcase of the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia. It is one of the famous religious places to visit in Sri Lanka. There are separate rooms dedicated to different countries illustrating Buddhism in that location. There are photographs, models and gigantic statues which portray the spread and influence of Buddhism on people in various places.


Note to remember

This is a History Museum located inside the temple of tooth relic. You can visit this place while visiting the temple.

09. Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake, also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned.


Note to remember

The best place to have a walk in the morning, there are parking slots available around the lake.

You can have a boat ride and you can buy some popcorns from street shops and feed fish in the lake

10. Ceylon Tea Museum

The Ceylon Tea Museum is located in the former Hanthana Tea Factory, which was originally constructed in 1925. It is situated 3 km south of Kandy. Hanthana was one of the first successful areas to cultivate tea following the failure of coffee production on the island.

The Ceylon Tea Museum was incorporated on 9 January 1998, under Section 21 of the Companies Act of 1982, in a move initiated by Clifford Ratwatte (Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board). The museum was formally opened on 1 December 2001.

Note to remember

Site guides are available on request.

Best place to learn about History of Ceylon Tea and Tea Manufacturing process.

11. Bahirawa Kanda Temple

The Bahirawakanda Buddha Statue is located alongside the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple which is on the top of the Bahirawa Kanda hill. This beautifully sculpted white statue displays Buddha in the seated Nirvana pose and can be seen from the entire city of Kandy that sprawls out before it. It stands at 88 feet in height and is one of the biggest Buddha statues in Sri Lanka.

Visitors can climb the top of the hill for panoramic views of the City of Kandy, the inside of Bogambara Prison, and the mountain range nearby. It makes for some spectacular photographs and memories. The temple of Bahirawa Kanda is open for worship.

Note to remember

This is a Buddhist Temple. Be caution about your dress code.

You need to remove your hats and shoes before enter the premises. Don’t forget to bring your camera and GoPro.

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