Kandy

Travel Guide
Kandy
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.

Where to stay in Kandy

Amaya Hills Kandy
Amaya Hills Kandy
4.5 out of 5
Heerassagala Kandy Sri Lanka, Kandy, 20000
The price is £84 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kandy. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (167 reviews)
"The hotel location and surroundings are amazing."

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2022

Amaya Hills Kandy
The Golden Crown Hotel
The Golden Crown Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 322, Udugama Ampitiya, Kandy, 20000
The price is £84 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kandy. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (82 reviews)
Excellent!
"Wonderful stay at the Golden Crown hotel. Well located and clean rooms. The staff are helpful and pleasant. Excellent breakfast and dinner buffet and great service - thanks Chathuranga (restuarant) and Divya (reception)."

Reviewed on 3 May 2022

The Golden Crown Hotel
FOX Resorts Kandy
FOX Resorts Kandy
5 out of 5
No.125, Richmond Hill, Heerasgala, Kandy
The price is £98 per night from 13 Aug to 14 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Kandy. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Ceylon Tea Museum and Asgiriya Stadium are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
"We had a lovely stay here, fabulous views and very friendly staff. Food was typical Sri Lankan, good standard and the curry’s were a delight. Perfect location away from the very busy kandy city. Room was spacious and had great. views of the mountains and we saw a beautiful sunset. A great choice. ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

FOX Resorts Kandy
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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3.5 out of 5
5/16A, Uplands, Kandy, 20000
The price is £52 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kandy. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (54 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, 20000
The price is £176 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly villa in Kandy. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (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
The Sanctuary Boutique Bungalow Kandy
The Sanctuary Boutique Bungalow Kandy
3.5 out of 5
No. 29 Dumindu Sevana, Paranaganthota Rd, Watapuluwa, Kandy
The price is £61 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star villa in Kandy. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Udawatta Kele Sanctuary and Asgiri Maha Viharaya ...
The Sanctuary Boutique Bungalow Kandy
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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