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    Best time to Visit Kandy: Feb,Mar,Apr,May

    Category : Nature Explorer: Nature Explorer

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Kandy is a large city, close to Sri Lanka's capital Colombo.
    Kandy set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest.

    Kandy is refered as Sri Lanka's Spiritual Capital, and is home to the famous Buddhist site - the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine and also houses many meditation centers.

    This laid-back city is a perfect destination for people seeking peace.

     

    Shopping:
    Spice Gardens forms a key attraction of Sri Lanka. The country is famous across the globe for its rare collection of herbs and spices. Make sure your shopping list contains buying of herbs such as Turmeric, Pepper Corns, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Aloe Vera etc.
    Other shopping options in Kandy are Art & crafts, Gem & Jewellery, Silk & batik.

     

    You can book a Kandy sightseeing tour from Navigers, which includes cultural dance shows, to experience the rich culture of this calm, laid-back city.


    Click on "Things To Do" tab to get the complete list of Places to see in Kandy. Read about the Top Things to do in Kandy and get best travel tips to plan your trip to Kandy sightseeing places

    Check out the wide range of Kandy Holiday packages with Navigers, covering top attractions of Kandy and popular sightseeing tourist places of Kandy

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    Temple of the Tooth Relic / Sri Dalada Maligawa shrine

    Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :5:30 AM to 8:00 PM

    The Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine is the famous sacred Buddhist sites in Kandy, and is the iconic landmark of the city. The sacred tooth of Lord Buddha enshrined in the temple makes it a popular Kandy tourist attraction. The tooth is placed in a golden casket inside a stupa-like structure. This golden-roofed temple is a World Heritage site and is based in the Royal Palace of Kandy.
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      Royal Palace of Kandy

      Entry Fees :₹ 100 Time To Visit :8:30 am to 4:30 pm

      The Royal Palace of Kandy is nestled close to the Udawattakele Sanctuary. It is the last reminiscence of the reigning King of Kandayan, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. This beautiful palace dates back to the 14th century. Highlights of the palace: Dalada Maligawa - Temple of Tooth (relic of Buddha’s Tooth), Royal Court (Magul Maduwa), Queen’s Bathing pavilion – Ulpange and the Royal gardens inside the Palace gates.
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        Udawattekele Sanctuary / Udawatta Kele Sanctuary / Royal Park

        Entry Fees :₹ 500 Time To Visit :

        The Udawattekele Sanctuary, also known as Royal Park Palace is located at the hilly terrains of the Temple of Tooth Relic. The sanctuary scatters around 257 acres and is rich in flora and fauna.
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          Kandy Lake / Bogambara Lake

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          The scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), offers stunning views. It is perfect place for romantic evenings.
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            Bahirawakanda Temple / Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

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            Bahirawakanda Temple houses a 88ft high Buddha statue that can be spotted from anywhere in the city.
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              Kandy View Point / Upper lake view point

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              Kandy City View Point is located near the Kandy Lake. The view point offers panoramic view of the city.
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                Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden

                Entry Fees :₹ 600 Time To Visit :8 am to 5:30 pm

                The Royal Botanical Garden, spans over 60 hectares and is the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. It is famous for its beautiful orchids and other rich varieties of flowering plants.
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                  Ceylon Tea Museum

                  Entry Fees :₹ 400 Time To Visit :Tuesday to Sunday: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm

                  The Tea Museum is a building of four floors where from ground floor to second floor it’s all old machineries, library and auditorium. Third floor has sales counter and on the Fourth flor you can sip the free cup of tea with the magnificent view of the tea estate and surrounding mountain ranges.
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                    Degal Doruwa Raja Maha Vihara

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                    Degal Doruwa Raja Maha Vihara cave temple was constructed (with the help of some obliging boulders) in the 18th century. This temple is filled with beautiful mural paintings, which depict scenes from the Jataka stories (tales from the previous lives of the Buddha).
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                      Lankatilaka Temple

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                      The temple is believed to be built in 1344 AD with stone, lime plaster and bricks. Lankatilaka Temple is located 10 km outside the city.
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                        Embekka Dewalaya / Embekke Devalaya

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                        The wooden pillars and the roof of the Embekke Devale bear the most intricate works of wood carvings. It boosts to have finest piece of wood carvings to be found anywhere in the world.
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                          Herbal and Spice gardens

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                          Spice Gardens forms a key attraction of Sri Lanka. The country is famous across the globe for its rare collection of herbs and spices. Make sure your shopping list contains buying of herbs such as Turmeric, Pepper Corns, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Aloe Vera etc. Matale spice garden is the famous one.
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                            Seetha Kotuwa temple

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                            Seetha Kotuwa is the place where the city of Lankapura once stood. The city had a beautiful palace for queen Mandothari surrounded by waterfalls, streams and varieties of flora and fauna. Seetha Devi was kept in this palace until she was moved to Ashoka Vatika. Seetha Kotuwa means Seetha's fort.
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                              Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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                              Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a popular stopby location when entering Kandy from Colombo. It is at a distance of 105 kms from Colombo, and 40 kms from Kandy. This is a popular elephant breeding ground of 90 plus elephants who stay in their natural habitat. You can spend time playing, bathing and feeding the elephants. This place takes care of orphaned and injured elephants.
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                                Gadaladeniya Rajamaha Viharaya / Gadaladeniya temple

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                                Gadaladeniya Temple is located on the route between Colombo and Kandy. It is a sacred Buddhist site and consists of an ancient monastery built on a flat rock. It is at a distance of 12 kms from Kandy.
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                                  Huluganga Ella Waterfall / Huluganga Falls Dumbara

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                                  Huluganga Falls is a 75-meter high waterfall on the Hulu River near Dumbara. It lies at a distance of 30 km from Kandy and attracts lot of visitors with its scenic beauty.
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                                    Knuckles Mountain Range

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                                    Knuckles Mountain Range gains its name as it resembles a set of knuckles in a closed fist! The whole mountain range extends up to about 155 square kilometres; and provides options for adventure activities like trekking, mountain biking, camping etc. It lies at a distance of 35 km from Kandy.
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                                      Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple Ramboda

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                                      Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple in Ramboda is usually visited on the way from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. This is a beautiful temple located on the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi. The temple is at a 45 kms distance from Kandy.
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                                        Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla / Citadel of Sigiriya / Sigiriya Lion Rock

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                                        Sigiriya Rock Fortress is at a distance of 88 kms from Kandy. It is said to be one of the dramatic sight of Sri Lanka. It is located in the central plains of Sri Lanka. You will need to climb the staircase to reach on the top of the site. On the way you will find colonial lion’s paws carved into the bedrock. And you will also find number of gardens and cave shrines which are added part of Sigiriya.
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                                          Dambulla Cave Temple / Golden rock temple / Golden Temple of Dambulla

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                                          Dambulla Cave Temple is at a distance of 70 kms from Kandy. On the elevation of 1118feet from the sea level which is located in the central part of the country rises a rock which is 600feet high and 2000 feet wide. This place is said to be as golden temple of dambulla where the cave is filled with colourful Buddha images and rock paintings in different shapes constructed around 2nd century BC. Click here for other places to see in Dambulla.
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                                            Minneriya National Park

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                                            Minneriya National Park is at a distance of 104 kms from Kandy. It is largest known place where more than 300 elephants can be seen throughout the year. May to October is the best period to visit the park to view the gathering of wild elephants.
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                                              By Air:
                                              Bandaranaike International Airport is the nearest airport to Kandy, located 104 km far.

                                              By Train:
                                              Colombo Railway Station is the nearest railhead to reach Kandy Railway Station.

                                              By Road:
                                              There are frequent buses from Colombo and neighbouring cities.

                                               

                                              Here are some distances from Kandy's neighbouring cities:
                                              Colombo    -    133 kms
                                              Nuwara Eliya -    76 kms
                                              Bentota - 178 kms