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Kandy Tourism

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Tourism in Kandy

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Dec - May
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About Kandy Tourism

Kandy, an important city, is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The city of Kandy was the last capital during the era of ancient kings in Sri Lanka. It is the now the administrative and religious capital of the Central Province apart from being its capital. Kandy is situated in the middle of the hills in the Kandy plateau which is surrounded by tea plantations. It is also home to one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world, the Tooth Relic. In the year 1988, it was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Tourism in Kandy is one of the essential things about the economy of Sri lanka. 

Kandy City stands tall because of its rich tradition and valiant history. The city has stood the test of time by becoming bigger and better. Kandy’s strategic location on the plateau is made even more scenic with the tea plantations surrounding the area. The city is hailed by the locals as an important province of Sri Lanka because it contains the legacy and works of the last king of the country, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. There are numerous mesmerizing places to visit in Kandy, like the Botanical Garden, Royal Palace and Temple of the Sacred Tooth. A trip to Kandy will prove to be one of the best experiences in your life because of its spiritual and administrative sides that you can individually explore. The history of how the city was kept away from the colonizers for the longest time will draw you to the stories of the valiant and brave warriors of that time. A tour of the Kandy City will show you the long-lasting elegance and beauty of one of the oldest cities in Sri Lanka and will convince you to set off on an exciting journey to the city of Buddhist shrines and the Kandian history.

History of the Kandy City

Kandy City holds within itself the vibrant and brave history of so many people and places. There are ancient landmarks that exist to this very date and convey different stories regarding so many incidents that took place in the past. The city is known for its resistance to the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Kandy City rebelled and drove away the Portuguese in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Dutch sent their troops, approximately at the same time, and they were initially successful in almost making a foothold in the city. However, their army was attacked by King Kirti causing a heavy loss of weapons and people at the coast. This led to the remaining Dutch soldiers to withdraw into the forests. Living in the forests proved to be difficult because of the lack of food, water, and comfort. On the other hand, this acted as a gain for the Kandian sharpshooters who used their agility and training to hide in the forests and take down the remaining army in small numbers. The small numbers turned into a huge cause of concern for the people at the Dutch headquarters. They immediately sent in a fresh troop of soldiers to attack the city. The soldiers’ surprise attack on the city was the leading cause of their win against the Kandian warriors. On your visit to Sri Lanka, you will discover that it was in the year 1952 when the city of Kandy was named as the capital city of  the only remaining independent kingdom in Sri Lanka after the conquest of the coastal regions by the Portuguese. When you travel to Sri Lanka, you will discover that Kandy city struggled to preserve its independence until 1815.

The people of the city immediately packed their bags and fled to the forests. This cycle of incidents kept on being repeated many times. The Dutch became weary of the constant resistance and came to a peace treaty with the city in 1766. The history of Kandy City becomes even more intense with the passing time and their struggle for independence paved the way for a country with a bright future and innovations.

Famous Tourist Places in Kandy

Kandy City is a land of numerous Buddhist shrines, historical landmarks and colorful festivals. The city also houses various tea plantations and picnic spots that should be visited in your trip to Kandy.

Temple of the Tooth - Every travel guide in Kandy will suggest you to visit the famous Temple of Tooth which is a famous shrine of Lord Buddha. Tourists can visit the temple and see that the justified hype around the famous relic of Buddha. The temple houses the tooth of Lord Buddha which was transferred from Kalinga in India to Kandy in Sri Lanka. Visitors cannot see the tooth as it is kept safely in a casket but can participate in the regular prayers during the whole day. This will let you experience spiritual joy and calmness.

Kandy Lake - Kandy Lake was a creation of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. The lake was made to make the Temple of the Tooth look more appealing to the eyes of its visitors. Tourists can take a walk along the tranquil lake as it is therapeutic. Visitors can even go on an exciting boating expedition on the lake.

Royal Botanical Garden - The Botanical Garden was built and developed by various Kandian kings. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Kandy and that can be proved by the millions of visitors it receives annually. The garden is much sought after because of its huge collection of Palm trees, colorful orchids and fruits. A visit to Kandy will let you relax and enjoy the lush greenery and vibrant atmosphere of the picture perfect Royal Botanical Garden.

Shopping In Kandy 

Kandy offers a host of options for visitors to shop for. From jewelry to antiques, there are so many things that you would want to buy in Kandy. Here is a list of the best places in Kandy for an enhanced shopping experience. 

Main Market - It is a famous stop for local handicrafts. It is located in the main market of the city and visited by tourists and locals alike. Main Market is offers a lively street shopping in kandy while offering handicrafts, textiles and paintings for sale. 

Luv SL By Odel - It is a popular shopping hub known for selling authentic souvenirs. You will find an innumerable range of souvenirs which you can carry home. It is also known for its upscale shopping malls offering high-end fashion wear and offer a boost to tourism in Kandy

Kandy City Centre - It is located in the heart of the city and is known as the only shopping mall in Kandy offering all types of items under one roof. Shop for clothes, electrical items and souvenirs and handicrafts from here. 

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Nightlife In Kandy

Nightlife is surely an essential source of entertainment for tourism in Kandy. Enjoy a bout of happiness and fun during the nightlife experience in Kandy. Some of the best places in Kandy that will oomph up your vibe are :

Royal Bar & Hotel- It is one of the coolest places in Kandy for a drink. There are a couple of excellent atmospheric bars that offer a lovely set-up along with a host of alcoholic drinks. Although the prices are usually steep, ‘happy hours’ offer a better deal. 

Blackout - One of the best nightlife experiences in Kandy, Blackout is a modern club frequented by tourists who love to enjoy a variety in music. The club oomphs up with music by DJs who play progressive and deep house, minimal and techno. It sure provides a boost to tourism in Kandy

Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar - Offering stunning views, pool tables, PLF, Chinese cuisine and ‘happy hour’, Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar is one of the busiest yet liveliest places for good food and drink in Kandy. Try the local wine here which is available at a cheaper rate. 

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By Air

The most comfortable way to travel to Kandy City is by booking a flight. There are flights like Air India, Indigo, Spicejet and Sri Lankan Airways that take you to and fro India and Sri Lanka. You will have to change planes at Columbo. The first flight will take you to Colombo which is a ride of about 2.5 hours. On arrival at Colombo, you can board the Sri Lankan flight to Kandy which takes approximately 1 hour. So, the total time taken to reach Kandy by air is 4 hours. You need to book your tickets in advance for intercity travel too. The timings differ according to the time of purchasing the tickets and the seats available. Since, traveling by air is the only way to travel from India to Sri Lanka, there is a huge demand for numerous ways to travel from Colombo to Kandy City.

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    Sushmitha Ravi

    Bengaluru

    Sushmitha's 5 days trip to Kandy

    Agent should be more involved in planning. Payment details are contradictory. No advance information is given.
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    Nithin Venkatesh

    Bengaluru

    Nithin's 5 days trip to Kandy

    Last time when we visited, we stayed in the same hotels. Rooms were good. This time it was not good. Had paid entrance fees for National museum but we couldn't go due to time constraint, also money was not refunded.
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    Tahmeenfatima

    Dubai

    Tahmeenfatima's 6 days trip to Kandy

    I had a great experience with this trip Our travel agent is so nice he arrange our trip according to our choices nd the best part of our trip is our tour guide he was very wonderful human.
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    Faisal Mohamed

    Faisal's 7 days trip to Kandy

    Everything mentioned in the package was to the point as agreed. Hotels, places, cab, driver, timings were all as per our requirement considering we have an infant. During the trip Ravisha (Udani tours) was easily available for any queries and assistance. Here is my comments Minus: 1. Some places a
    re still closed or partially closed due to COVID, so the tour operator should pre inform or remove them from the itinerary to save traveling time. Floating market and Lotus tower for example, none the less i enjoyed Colombo for its cleanliness and pollution free environment. 2. Driver needs to improve his English for better communication on future trips. Provided his communication was better we would have managed better movement Plus 1. My accommodation in Bentota was booked as a sea view room and i did not get that. I spoke to Ravisha and immediately she was able to give me the same category room in a hotel near by which was according to me a better one. Really impressed with the quick response. 2. Driver was polite and friendly which made us feel comfortable throughout the trip. 2 hotels had hot water issues. Possibly due to COVID hotel readiness might not be 100%.
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    Manisha Saini

    New delhi

    Manisha's 5 days trip to Kandy

    We enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka. I am thankful to Udaani for giving us good deal and taking care for us while our stay in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately our return flight got cancelled. Udaani travels helped us extend our checkout time to stay in sthe ame hotel and also provided with Cab service to spen
    d our time shopping,sightseeing in Columbo on last day. Hotels were good and everything went smooth.
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    Ashwin Pandey

    Bengaluru

    Ashwin's 5 days trip to Kandy

    It was a wonderful trip. The Cab & guide was great Mr. Sujith. IS it possible to get his number I lost it. Would like to Thank him
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    Anurag Dwivedi

    Bangalore

    Anurag's 8 days trip to Kandy

    Good experience overall. Driver had asked for extra cash two times. Second time it was asked after a trip was taken and there was a scene created in front of hotel staff which was uncalled for. This could have been handled properly and systematically to avoid hostility for a few days. Also, money he
    charged after supposedly an extra trip was 1000 bucks above his own mentioned per km charges. This made our last few days not so good.
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    Saumya Thareja

    Delhi

    Saumya's 6 days trip to Kandy

    It was a good experience. Everything was pleasant and smooth. The cab driver was extremely polite and made our travel so smooth. Just the hotel selection could have been better. 3 out of 5 hotels during the trip were not up to the mark in terms of food, service and approachability.
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    Deepankar Gulati

    Delhi

    Deepankar's 7 days trip to Kandy

    It was a great experience. I loved the way they communicated all the things. CAB Driver was very polite and helped us everywhere,
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    Srishti Sharma

    Bangalore

    Srishti's 5 days trip to Kandy

    It was a very good experience. Everything was pleasant and smooth. Thank you. The cab driver was extremely polite and was one of the most important thing that made our travel so smooth.

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    FAQ's of Kandy

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    How to travel within the city of Kandy?

    If you want to travel within Kandy City, opt for the services of a ferry. Before accepting a ride on the ferry, please fix a fair price that should be given to the driver afterwards.

    Is Kandy City a safe place for a lively night out?

    Kandy City is a safe place and you can take part in its lively nightlife that tourists are encouraged usually enjoy. There have been no records of criminal violence against tourists for the longest time.

    Are the people of Kandy of Indian origin?

    There were some Indians who migrated to different cities in Sri Lanka, Kandy being one of those cities, and are mostly referred to as ‘Indian Tamils’ and they form the minority of the country. However, the Sinhalese form the major population of the country and are not mostly of Indian origin.

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