COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

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.

Sky Pavilion
Sky Pavilion
3.5 out of 5
102/123, Hewaheta Rd, Thalwatta, Kandy
Situated in Kandy, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Kandy Lake and Temple of the Tooth. Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay. From check in to check out everything was efficient, professional & very friendly. The staff were amazing & their service outstanding. Breakfast was delicious & served with a breath taking view!! After a long dusty day to be able to return to the Sky Pavillion for dinner ..."

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2019

Sky Pavilion
Range Hotel Kandy
Range Hotel Kandy
3.5 out of 5
102/125 Hewahata Road, Thalwatta, Kandy
Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kandy Lake, National Museum and International Buddhist Museum. Malwathu Maha Viharaya ...
3.4/5 (5 reviews)
Great views on top of the hill.
"15 minute tuktuk into Kandy town. Yummy breakfast omette on the rooftop."

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2017

Range Hotel Kandy
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
4 out of 5
124, Srimath Kuda Ratwatte Mawatha, Kandy
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 Kandy ...
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
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.
Aqua Dunhinda Villa
Aqua Dunhinda Villa
3 out of 5
Dunhinda Road, Ethgala, Ganga Ihala Korale
The price is £102 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Situated in Ganga Ihala Korale, this villa is within 12 miles (20 km) of Ambuluwawa Temple, Kotmale Reservoir Viewpoint and Embekke Temple. Embekka Devale and ...
4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Bad experience
"Basic inability to provide service"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2019

Aqua Dunhinda Villa
Boutique Villa Near Kandy With Mountain Views
Boutique Villa Near Kandy With Mountain Views
The price is £746 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Set in Udapalatha, this family-friendly villa is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ambuluwawa Temple, Embekka Devale and Embekke Temple. Nilambe Meditation Centre and ...
Boutique Villa Near Kandy With Mountain Views
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.

Popular places to visit in Kandy

Top things to do in Kandy

Cities near Kandy