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Kandy

3.6
World heritage site · Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque. The last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kingdom when coastal areas had fallen to Portuguese and Dutch rule, Kandy remained self-governing until a British colonial treaty took the city in the 19th century. The city sits on the edge of a reflective lake, and although a mountain mist and serious urban smog often block the sun, the striking hilly background and well-preserved historical architecture render the city picturesque regardless of the weather. Any Kandy itinerary should include stops at its celebrated gardens and temples, particularly the temple that reputedly holds an enshrined tooth of the Buddha. Use our Sri Lanka trip planner to plan your trip to Kandy and other destinations in Sri Lanka.
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Popular things to do in Kandy

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Religious Site
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Body
Kandy Lake
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
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Monument
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Kandy

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Garden
Royal Botanical Gardens Peradeniya
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Park
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Pinnawala
2.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Park
Elephant Freedom Project Kegalle
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
See Lanka Travels Waikkal
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Kandy

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Rail Tour
Rail Tours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Nature / Park
Udawattekele Sanctuary
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Nature / Park
Hanthana Mountain Range
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Tours in Kandy

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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.9
Duration: 5h 30 min
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Climbing Tour
Climbing Tours
4.6
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Kandy

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Gift & Specialty Shop
Earth Bound Creations Showroom
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Antique Store
Sriya & Daya Curio Shop
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Jayamali Batiks Studio
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Kandy

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Castle
Royal Palace of Kandy
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Embekka Devalaya
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Maha Vishnu Devalaya
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min