Kandy

Kandy was the last kingdom to fall to the British. Rich in culture and tradition, Kandy is in the central highlands and home to the Temple of the Tooth, a world heritage site and revered by Buddhists all over the world. Kandy has an urban buzz, surrounded by beautiful hills and countryside, with refreshing lush greenery. The town center has a picturesque lake setting, with delightful stalls and a buzzing street market.

In the history of Sri Lanka, Kandy remains as one of the most significant places holding an almost legendary status. Deep in the dense hills in the heart of the island, Kandy was the last kingdom to the fall to the reign of the British. Despite now being the island’s second largest city, Kandy retains a surprisingly small town feel. The Kandy lake sites at the core of the town with the life in Kandy moving around it. Surrounded by beautiful hills and countryside, Kandy town is a hustle and bustle on most days due to the small road systems.

Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth, a world heritage site and revered by Buddhists all over the world. Kandy is also well known for the great Kandy Esala Perahera, a spectacle of lights, culture and entertainment.

Highlights


Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was built within the royal palace complex and houses one of the two surviving relic of the tooth of Buddha, an object of veneration for Buddhists.

Esala Perahera

A grand festival in Kandy held in July or August. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka it consists of colorfully adorned elephants, fire dances, whip dances, Kandyan dances and other traditional dances.

Kandy National Museum

Located next to the Temple of the tooth, the National Museum exhibits a heap of royal relics, artifacts, weapons, jewelry and tools from the Kandyan and post British Colonial Era.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

The gardens consist of nearly 150 acres dedicated to the flora of Sri There are over 110 endemic plants, as well as major collections of palms, bamboo, cacti, flowers and orchids in a delightful orchid house.

Knuckles Mountain Range

The name Knuckles is derived from the mountains being shaped like a clenched fist. It's a scenic wonderland which provides for amazing trekking and adventure expeditions.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage for a remarkably fulfilling experience of witnessing and interacting with orphaned elephants. The highlight here is the feeding and bathing hours.

Victoria Golf Club

Ranked among the “100 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the World”, Victoria is home to a world class golf course, designed by the award winning Donald Steele & Co in 1997. This is the perfect destination to unwind, kick back and enjoy a game of golf.

The Sri Lankan Garden

In a rural village in Matale, your planter host will teach you about the trees, crops and local-style of cooking as you journey around the farm.

Elephant Foundation

Visit the Millennium Elephant Foundation and spend a few hours with an expert to learn, care for and walk with its residents.

Art and Philosophy

Whilst you are in Kandy, the artistic heart of Sri Lanka, visit two of the island's best and most captivating artists in the region's countryside.

Trekking in Knuckles

Named after the range’s resemblance to the knuckles of a hand, an adventure on foot here is an invigorating way to explore the tranquillity of Hill Country.