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KandySri Lanka

Discover colonial-era relics and Sri Lanka’s most revered religious site at this romantic city nestled amid the undulating landscapes of the Hill Country.

Famous for its illustrious Buddhist temple, lively arts scene and lingering aura of colonialism, Kandy is one of central Sri Lanka’s most rewarding destinations. Kandy sits amid the cool climate of the Hill Country, a picturesque region of mountains and valleys clad in lush tea plantations. Once the capital of the Sinhalese kingdom, the nation’s second-largest city was colonized by the British in 1815. Today join pilgrims and tourists in Kandy looking for an escape from the sweltering coastal towns.

The UNESCO-protected city center stands on the northern shore of Kandy Lake with an attractive collection of temples and palaces. Visit the venerated Temple of the Tooth, which guards a tooth of the Lord Buddha. See exhibits about Buddhist practices throughout the world at the World Buddhism Museum. Admire the 19th-century St. Paul’s Church and spot colonial tombs at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Learn about the Sinhalese kingdom and British rule at the National Museum, housed in the Royal Palace.

Explore handicraft shops and browse artisan markets while wandering the streets of the commercial district. Walk uphill to see the imposing Bahirawa Buddha Statue. Nearby is Asigiriya Stadium, where fans come to cheer on Sri Lanka’s Lions, the national cricket team.

Stroll along Kandy Lake’s shores or join a boat cruise at Kandy Lake Jetty. Mingle with monks and devotees at Malwathu Maha Viharaya temple. Relax in pretty Wales Park and enjoy superb city views at Kandy View Point.

Hike through thick forests, breathe in crisp mountain air and spot myriad birdlife at Udawattakelle Sanctuary. Catch a bus or rickshaw to Peradenuya, home to the Royal Botanical Garden. See orchid houses, orderly gardens and spice plantations, among other features.

Reach Kandy by taking a scenic train journey from either Colombo or Ella. Stay overnight at hotels tucked away in the city’s surrounding hills. Come in summer and join in the flamboyant events of Kandy Esala Perahera, a 10-day pageant that celebrates the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha.

Top hotels in Kandy

FOX Resorts Kandy
FOX Resorts Kandy
5 out of 5
No.125, Richmond Hill, Heerasgala, Kandy
The price is SG$175 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Kandy resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kandy Clock Tower, Kandy Lake and Wales Park. Udawatta Kele Sanctuary and ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Shiny new hotel with amazing views.

"A very good hotel, brand new. The location is perfect right in the hills away from the town, you will need to have transport to get to town that can be easily arranged and cheap. Great pool, lovely gardens"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar,2020

FOX Resorts Kandy
Oak Ray Heritage Hotel
Oak Ray Heritage Hotel
3 out of 5
67/69 Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy, Central
The price is SG$62 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Kandy, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wales Park and Kandy Lake. Temple of the Tooth is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Kandy Railway ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Good hotel but need for lifts/elevators

"Good place to stay in Kandy. Walking distance to most attractions. Unfortunately hotel has NO lifts and being 4 stories may prove difficult for some. Wide stairs and port service does overcome this but could be better. This should be highlighted in advertising. Breakfast buffet excellent, with evening ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov,2018

Oak Ray Heritage Hotel
Earl's Regency
Earl's Regency
5 out of 5
Kundasale, Kandy
The price is SG$202 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Temple of the Tooth and Kandy Lake. Kandyan Art Association ...

4.1/5Very Good! (249 reviews)

"Lovely hotel with smiley staff and amazing food. Facilties are good and location is good but you will need to get a tuk tuk into Kandy. Standards in the hotel are high.As somebody who has worked in food mangament I was very impressed with nightly buffet.Shame oir trip was cut very short by corona ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar,2020

Earl's Regency
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Kandy

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View 360
3.5 out of 5
5/16A, Uplands, Kandy
The price is SG$72 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Kandy, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Temple of the Tooth and Kandy Lake. Royal Palace of Kandy ...

3.9/5Very Good! (55 reviews)

"Excellent small hotel with excellent service. A very good dinner and breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb,2020

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Mountbatten Bungalow
Mountbatten Bungalow
3.5 out of 5
No 4, Spring Hill Estate, Bowalawatta, Kandy
The price is SG$146 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Kandy villa is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Amaya Medical Center and Ceylon Tea Museum. Royal Botanical Garden ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Beautiful accommodation but need own transport

"Mountbatten Bungalow was amazing. It’s very luxurious accommodation and the staff were great. Our room was huge with a comfortable bed, there was a huge bath in the bathroom and a good shower too. The house is well decorated and the gardens and pool area were beautiful. Breakfast was tasty too. Our ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep,2019

Mountbatten Bungalow
VILLA 92 - City Hotel
VILLA 92 - City Hotel
2.5 out of 5
92, Peradeniya Road, Kandy
The price is SG$74 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Kandy, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Kandy Clock Tower and Kandy Lake. Temple of the Tooth is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) away. Kandy ...

4.3/5Excellent! (37 reviews)

"Great hotel with really friendly owners. Stayed 3 nights, one fantastic breakfast in hotel and two packed sandwiches which were great for early morning trips. Really good advice on where to visit. Thanks all"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2019

VILLA 92 - City Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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Reviews of Kandy

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4/5 - Good

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9 Feb 2020

Kandy is a charming city - a bit noisy and busy - but it has energy. It also has a large number of very good 3,4 and 5-star hotels. Do not choose the Thilanka! Go to the Cinnamon, the Hotel Suisse or the Fox Resort instead.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Lovely city, lovely people

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

28 Dec 2019

Very busy crowded city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

Kandy is very important place for Sri Lankan people because of the Maligawa temple and historically. Well worth a visit

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 Aug 2019

Apart from botanical gardens, which are fantastic, not much else to see in Kandy

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Jul 2019

Lot of fun except a little exploitation by local travel agents