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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

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
4 out of 5
The price is SG$50 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct

Situated in Kandy, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Asgiri Maha Viharaya, Kandy Lake and Temple of the Tooth. Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha and Asgiriya ...

4.3/5Excellent! (271 reviews)

"The hotel itself is a perfect getaway from the hustle of Kandy! It’s location is a little out of the city, but the trade off is complete tranquility! The staff are so kind and helpful, we really enjoyed our stay!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan,2020

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
The Grand Kandyan
The Grand Kandyan
5 out of 5
89/10, Lady Gordon's Drive, Kandy
The price is SG$91 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

This family-friendly Kandy hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Temple of the Tooth and Royal Palace of ...

4.1/5Very Good! (100 reviews)
Three nights of bliss to start Sri Lankan trip

"The service here was fantastic. The breakfast was amazing. Roof top swims a delight. Yes, a few things needed fixing up in our room but to be honest this is five star luxury at UK bed and breakfast prices. It felt special to be there and everyone treated you as such. If you get the chance seek out ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb,2020

The Grand Kandyan
 OZO Kandy Sri Lanka
OZO Kandy Sri Lanka
4 out of 5
No 31, Saranankara, Mawatha, Kandy
The price is SG$68 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

Located in the heart of Kandy, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Temple of the Tooth and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre. Royal ...

4.4/5Excellent! (342 reviews)
One night only

"Lovely airy reception area. Staff very friendly and efficient. Room was a good size - very clean and comfortable . Great nights sleep in a scrumptious bed . Loved the view from the upstairs bar/pool area at night - worth a visit ."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb,2020

OZO Kandy Sri Lanka
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

Mountbatten Bungalow
Mountbatten Bungalow
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$549 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

This family-friendly Kandy villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Amaya Medical Center and Ceylon Tea Museum. Royal Botanical Garden and Kandy Lake are also within 6 ...

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
View 360
View 360
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$64 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

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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Amandari Holiday Villa
Amandari Holiday Villa
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$149 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Situated in the mountains, this villa is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Dhamma Kuta Vipassana Meditation Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Kandy Lake and Royal Botanical ...

Amandari Holiday Villa
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.

Top things to do in Kandy

Private Overnight Luxury Leopard Safari - Yala National Park
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Private Overnight Luxury Leopard Safari - Yala National Park

SG$1,235
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Whitewater Rafting in Kitulgala With Lunch
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Whitewater Rafting in Kitulgala With Lunch

SG$192
Per adult
Best Day Trip to Kandy: Nature & Culture
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Best Day Trip to Kandy: Nature & Culture

SG$234
Per adult
Nuwara Eliya from Kandy by Train (Private Day Tour)
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Nuwara Eliya from Kandy by Train (Private Day Tour)

SG$200
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
3 Days Ancient Capital Cities Tour from Colombo
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3 Days Ancient Capital Cities Tour from Colombo

SG$357
Per adult
Private Transfer from Gampola to Sri Lanka Colombo Airport (CMB)
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Private Transfer from Gampola to Sri Lanka Colombo Airport (CMB)

SG$164
Per adult

Reviews of Kandy

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

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