5 Great Things to do in Kandy, Sri Lanka

5 Great Things to do in Kandy, Sri Lanka

5 Great Things to do in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy, Sri Lanka is about a 3-hour drive from Colombo. It’s the second-largest city in Sri Lanka. Surrounded by beautiful tea plantations and mountains, temperatures in Kandy are between 19 – 28C all year around. 

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1. Relax in the Royal Botanical Gardens near Kandy

Loads of young people hang around the park and we enjoyed visiting this place more than we thought we would. Many famous people such as Queen Mary or Gandhi have planted trees in the Memorial Garden. The entry fee is 1100 rupees.

things to do kandy sri lanka botanical gardens

2. Visit beautiful Temples in Kandy

Temple of the Tooth

The Temple of the Tooth, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, is a beautiful Buddhist Temple in Kandy. Monks daily visit the temple and many rituals take place throughout the day.

things to do kandy sri lanka Temple of the Tooth

You can see the tooth box behind a glass window. It’s usually really busy, so we recommend going early in the morning. Watch out for all the local guides who want your money at the front.

Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue

This not only one of the biggest Buddha statues of Sri Lanka but also an incredible view point. If you climb up the stairs on the back of the statue you’ll have an even better panoramic view of the city.

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Kandy sri Lanka big Buddha

Gadaladeniya temple

A Buddhist temple just outside the center of Kandy with a fine structure made of stone and a calm atmosphere stands on a hilltop offering you an amazing view. Gadaladeniya temple is a great place to escape the crowded attractions in Kandy.

Temple Kandy Sri Lanka

Tip: Make sure you’ll have a small amount of money with you for donations. Also, keep in mind that you will have to cover your knees and shoulders.

3. Take a walk around Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake is the most iconic place in the entire city. It’s located in the heart of Kandy, next to the Temple of the Tooth. The scenery is pretty, and there are several peaceful spots where you can just sit and stare at the river & the Temple. There’s even an island in the lake, with palm trees!
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4. Eat at some great restaurants in Kandy, Sri Lanka

We lined up our favorite restaurants ordered by yummy(?) rating:

Foodlands ♥️♥️♥️♥️
Licensed to Grill ♥️♥️♥️
The Kandy Garden Cafe ♥️♥️

Street Kandy Sri Lanka

5. Take one of the world’s most beautiful train rides

Take the train through the green tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya or Ella. A ticket to Nuwara Eliya will cost you around $2,50 / 400 LKR. The ride to Nuwara Eliya takes 4 hours and 7 hours to Ella. The train ride has been mentioned as one of the most beautiful train routes in the world! And we totally agree on that!

➳ Read: Epic Train Ride from Kandy to Ella in Sri Lanka

Where to stay in Kandy, Sri Lanka?

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Find all the hotels in Kandy under $50 a night.

Hostels Kandy

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19/10/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/sri-lanka/kandy-sri-lanka/
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