Admire the scenic vistas and inspirational temples
Kandy is a friendly city in the centre of the country. It is known for the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, which reportedly houses a tooth of Buddha. It is set amidst verdant mountains and is home to the beautifully scenic Kandy Lake.
Note: For stays between 1st August 2019 and 31st January 2020, the Sri Lankan government has relaxed the visa requirements, meaning you can travel there VISA-FREE!
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Kandy.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth
The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth, as it is kept in a gold casket. As well as the main temple, the complex includes a series of smaller temples, shrines and museums.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Kandy Lake, stopping from time time to time to admire the view from the handily placed lakeside seats. The most scenic section is the area around the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Ceylon Tea Museum
Located in the old Hantane Tea Factory, which dates back to 1925, just south of Kandy. Abandoned for more than a decade, it has been refurbished and is filled with exhibits on tea pioneers James Taylor and Thomas Lipton, as well as vintage tea-processing equipment. A guided tour is included in the price of the ticket followed by a complimentary cup of tea.
A selection of tours to Kandy
Sri Lanka & The Maldives Group Tour Culture
Sri Lanka Highlights
12 day tour from £2,099
This 12 day tour of Sri Lanka includes history, wildlife, tea and beaches
Sri Lanka & The Maldives Tailor Made Beach
Sri Lanka Tour & Beach
16 day tour from £2,295
Explore some of Sri Lanka's cultural and scenic highlights, including the Cultural Triangle, a tea plantation and a jeep safari, on this memorable 16 day tour.
Sri Lanka & The Maldives Tailor Made Nature
Explore Sri Lanka
16 day tour from £2,599
This itinerary delves deep into this fascinating and diverse country, revealing an abundance of sights and experiences.