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Kandy City

World Heritage Kandy City

Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession.

The last Sinhalese kingdom, Kandy is central to the history of Sri Lanka and is home to many of the island’s cultural gems. Meaning ‘hill’, Kandy once stood as an impenetrable fortress against invading colonial powers, withstanding all attempts of invasion until the British finally deposed the king in 1815. Kandy houses the world-famous Temple of the Tooth, one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world, which was built to protect the sacred tooth relic thought to belong to Lord Buddha, which has been enshrined in Sri Lanka for hundreds of years. As well as a host of other temples, visitors to the city can wander along Kandy Lake, stroll through the stunning Botanical Gardens – created by the British in the 19<sup>th</sup> century and still one of the most beautiful gardens in Asia – and visit Kadungannawa Tea Factory. Kandy is one of the best places to explore the art history of Sri Lanka and travelers should take the time to see a Kandyan cultural show.

Trip info
: Long Tour
: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Trip Duration
: 03 Hours 18 Min.
: 122km from Colombo

Trip Description

1. A guided tour of the Botanical Gardens with a botanist

  • Allow your guide to take you on a circular tour of Sri Lanka’s largest botanical gardens, which are the finest of their kind in Asia.

2. A visit to the Kadugannawa tea factory

  • Especially if you are not planning on heading into Sri Lanka’s hills, a visit to the Kadugannawa Tea Factory is essential.

3. A visit to the Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa)

  • Let your guide bring this temple to life with his stories about the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

4. A walking tour of Kandy town

  • Walk the streets of Kandy with your guide, perhaps visiting the local market or the Temple of the Tooth on the way, depending on your interests.

5. Exclusive traditional dance performance

  • This exclusive performance of traditional Kandyan dance is held in the privacy of your hotel restaurant over dinner.

6. Meet the elephants with an elephant expert

  • Visit the Millenium Elephant Foundation to learn about the part elephants play in Sri Lankan culture and the difficulties of this.

7. A guided walk around Kandy with a local expert

  • Explore some of the renowned local sites in Kandy including the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy town and lake with an experienced host by foot.

8. A Visit to Degaldoruwa Temple

  • Explore a historic cave temple in Kandy

9. Trek Taylor’s tea hills

  • Go trekking through some of Sri Lanka’s most historic and scenic tea estates, including James Taylor’s Loolecondera.

10. Traditional Sri Lankan Drums

  • A professional drum teacher will take you through the basics of traditional Sri Lankan drums, their types and significance in culture & history.
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