Top 10 Things to do in Kandy, Sri Lanka

July 16, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Kandy (Sinhalese: මහනුවර Mahanuwara, pronounced [mahanuʋərə]; Tamil: கண்டி, pronounced [ˈkaɳɖi]) is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
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1. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka +94 81 2 234226
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව) or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple. The temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is one of the holiest shrines in the entire Buddhist world.

Reviewed By 15traveladdict9 - Horsham, United Kingdom

The temple is beautifully decorated. The floral offering tables are full to bursting with blooms. Take time to notice the roof and wall paintings. You are allowed to take photographs inside the temple. The air is filled with incense and the scent of the flowers.

2. Kandy Garrison Cemetery

Temple of The Tooth, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka +94 77 784 1066
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery

Reviewed By Nimitta - UK

This is very close to the Temple of The Tooth and a very peaceful spot. A very friendly young man who maintained the cemetery gave us an excellent and informative introduction to the place. Many British garrison members and their families buried here, many of whom died from malaria or cholera in the early days of the garrison, as well as one who was hit by a cricket ball! Well worth a visit.

3. Commonwealth War Cemetery

Lady Magdalene Drive, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Commonwealth War Cemetery

Formerly known as Pitakande Military Cemetery, it was acquired originally by the military authorities, and was subsequently taken over by the Commission as a permanent war cemetery. Kandy is in central Sri Lanka, 910 metres above sea-level. It is 121 kilometres north-east of Colombo, from which it is easily reached by road. From the Botanical Gardens at Peridenya, take the road to Kandy. Just past the Gardens, take a left turning at the roadside direction sign, down Lady Magdalene Drive. The Cemetery is approximately 1.5 kilometres along this road.

Reviewed By blbttl74 - Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Any Commonwealth War Cemetary is worth a visit and this is no exception. Beautifully laid out and so well maintained there is nothing deathly about it. To walk around the lines of stones and see the sacrifices that we’re made is always very sobering and thought provoking.

4. Lankatilaka Temple

Gadaldeniya Rd, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Lankatilaka Temple

Reviewed By triptolk

i want alone in a motorbike. Peaceful place. But when it is a poyaday or a festival day, there are more crowd and not a very good day to visit there. It makes very beautiful view from the distance.

5. Udawattekele Sanctuary

Wewelpitiya Road, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka +94 77 784 1066
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Udawattekele Sanctuary

Reviewed By Joanne C

Spent a couple of hours exploring this park. Once past the entrance we weren’t inundated by monkeys and could enjoy the walk. As many people have said, the map they give you is useless, as is google maps. The cave was super creepy.

6. Ceylon Tea Museum

Hantana, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka +94 81 3 803204
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Ceylon Tea Museum

Reviewed By ClanRF - Ipswich, United Kingdom

After the hordes of visitors in the 'cultural triangle', many locals, it was pleasant surprise to be one of only three couples at this informative place. Short but sufficiently detailed guided tour to see how a tea factory worked. Free cup of tea. Shop, but almost all tea! vey worthwhile.

7. Kandy View Point

Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka +94 77 604 3599
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Kandy View Point

Reviewed By DP1066 - Hastings, United Kingdom

This viewpoint involves an interesting drive to reach it. Situated above the lake it gives a fantastic Panorama of the city and the Temple of the Tooth. Probably best visited at night, although the daytime view was worth the journey.

8. World Buddhist Museum

Temple Square | Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka +94 81 2 234226
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World Buddhist Museum

Sri Dalada Maligawa Established the World Buddhist Museum constitutes most adorable exercise in the context of World Buddhism. Awarded Certificate of Excellence in 2016 by TripAdvisor. NOTE : Entry fee is free of charge only for the visitors who buy the Temple Ticket. If you are visit the Museum from outside you have to buy a ticket (Rs. 500)

Reviewed By Albia-Newton - Weston super Mare, United Kingdom

A museum of Buddhist artefacts and reproductions from round Asia A good introduction to the Buddhist world and to the religious beliefs of Buddhist culture Ticket is free with visit to temple of the Tooth

9. Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Kandy, Sri Lanka +94 71 838 1367
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Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Reviewed By TrMarek

We were so excited that we could climb to the top of the iconic white Buddha. After paying a small entrance fee we started climbing the stairs only to find out that the last few flights were closed. Very disappointing. It would be nice if someone told us.

10. Royal Palace of Kandy

Sri Dalada Veediya | Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka +94 81 2 234226
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Royal Palace of Kandy

Reviewed By Titus D - Sri Lanka

The palace is amazing, with gorgeously painted walls and amazing old buildings. If possible get a guide who can explain everything to you. I would recommend going in the early hours for the ceremony and because there is not a lot of tourists.
The original audience hall is constructed with wood. It is a joy to visit with so much history
I used to visit Kandy Dalada Maligawa (Tooth Temple) often. This is one of the favourite place of mine and for lots of travelers.
In the ancient time, this place is used by the Kings to address locals as well as ministers. if you visit here, you can see great wood crafts which is unique to the Kandyan Kingdom. Although this place is located in a high ground but exposed to direct sunlight. The inside of it is amazingly cool and comfortable to stay for some time.
This is a very nice old palace. Even though most of the places where the kings used are not allowed, but you get a good view of the first level inside view. It is one of the most well preserved palaces in the world.
Sacred and surreal, a wonderful glimpse of the ancient Kandyan architecture, so much to see, a best time would be to attend the festivities at 5 -6 am then proceed to look around the sacred premises as the morning sets in.
It is really an important place in Kandy. You must visit this place because it has ancient value of Sri Lanka.
You can imagine how impressive this Palace must have been when visitors and guests could see the Sri Lankan wealth of high Standard.
Been there many times, highly recommend that you to visit. You also have to remember that the Sacred Temple of the Tooth relic and few other 500 year old attractions found around the area to see as well.
The Kandyan palace and the temple of the tooth relic are the most important attractions you must see in Kandy.

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