The complete tour guide to Kandy, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.
Kandy is wrapped with beautiful green hills, and mountainous terrains that almost seem like they touch the sky. Titled as one of Sri Lanka's major tourist cities, Kandy is also known as the hill capital. It's the second largest city in the island and was the last standing capital of the ancient kings.
The hill capital is lined with tea plantations and sparkling rivers that wind through the towns and mountains providing a sense of vibrancy to the already relaxed lifestyle. Kandy is the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) which is one of the most sacred places for the Buddhists. The temple of the tooth relic is also the centre of the Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) which is an annual festival which is held in Kandy. During this time the streets of Kandy are lined with magnificent elephants, twirling fire dances and parades! Don't miss this colourful event if you are in Sri Lanka during July or August.
Getting into Kandy
Kandy is located about 150km away from Colombo and is easily accessible by train, bus or private hire. You can rent a car and drive all the way to Kandy which will take you about 3-4 hours or you can also travel by train which will be a much more relaxed and enjoyable ride. Check www.eservices.railway.gov.lk/schedule for times and the schedule.
If you are at the Bandaranaike International Airport then you can hire a private taxi at the airport counter. Check www.airport.lk/getting-arround/taxi-rates.php for more information on rates.
The quickest way to get to Kandy is via Air taxi which you can book on www.cinnamonair.com. The air flight will take you to Kandy's Polgolla Reservoir.
Getting around Kandy
Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.
Where to go and things to do in Kandy
The Hill capital is the last place where you will expect to be bored! There is so much to do that you will wish there was more time to explore the city. From the Peradeniya gardens, to the strawberry farms to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth relic there is so much to discover and experience. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Kandy.