This is the last kingdom of the country. Since it was conquered by the British only around 1815 you can still see the living traditions. Kandyans are usually proud of their heritage. Since the western elements has played a comparatively little role in the city most Kandyans are upholding Buddhist values. Since it is in the cultural triangle the authorities try to retain this values as much as possible. Situation had changed recently because of many immigrants coming from other parts of the country. So don't expect to find the honest Kandyans they describe in the colonial literature now. Be careful with your belongings and the people whom you associate with. But this is a peaceful city compared to most other parts of the country with a lesser crime rate.
- Train (from Colombo) - Intercity express train are hassle free and scenic. Reservation are needed for these trains, it can be done just before the departure depending on the period. There is a great observation saloon (first class) in this particular train. Other trains are overly crowded and late. The trip from Colombo to Kandy costs 220 LKR in second class.
- Taxi. If you're just arriving in Sri Lanka, heading for Kandy, you can hire a taxi from one of the stalls in the arrivals hall at Colombo airport for about R6000/-. The journey takes about 3 hours. This saves the hassle of going into Colombo, and is a lot quicker.
- Hired mini-vans with a driver are available from Colombo through travel agencies and hotel concierges. The road to Kandy is astonishingly chaotic and frightening even for seasoned travelers. Be prepared for a long slow slog in traffic, or, if your driver decides to make the journey at a more practical speed, a hair-raising adventure replete with passing around blind corners and games of chicken with the ubiquitous intercity buses.
- Intercity air-conditioned bus (from Colombo) is the next best option to the train. But if you are a single girl make sure that you sit away from men to avoid unnecessary surprises. The best is to sit with a lady.
- The local "Three-Wheelers" ('Tuk-Tuk) are an amazingly cheap and exciting way of seeing the city, and they run virtually all night long.
- Walking is also recommended - the centre is not that large - as a way of seeing temples, shops, shopping area and other sights around the lake.
- The Temple of the Tooth +94812234226 http://www.sridaladamaligawa.lk The temple is open from dawn to dusk Foreigner entrance: 1000 LKR email@example.com +948112236201It houses a tooth that came from the mouth of Lord Buddha, and is consequently considered one of Sri Lanka's most holy shrines. Most of the time, the actual tooth is closed for public, it is only displayed at certain hours, best time to view -6.30pm.
- The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage has about seventy semi-tame elephants roaming freely around this wonderful sanctuary. Feeding and bathing times are especially enjoyable. You can either hire a taxi to take you there or, if travelling on a budget, get a bus to Kegalle (about an hour away) for about R40/-, asking the driver to drop you off at the turn for Pinnewala which is 3 miles or so before you reach the town, and catch another local bus for the last 6 km or so.
- The Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya  is the best botanical garden in Sri Lanka and one of the best ones in the region. Dates back to the ancient kings of the country. British colonials have changed the looks of it. You will be able to see many of the plant species of the region. Has a nice orchid house and a forest garden. Drive there through the University of Peradeniya  the most scenic and the largest university in the country.
- Bahirawakanda temple. The ominipresent Buddha statue seen from everywhere in Kandy city. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Temple, just 1 km away from the Kandy city. The way to the temple is not easy to locate, you have to take three wheeler or ask local. Entrance fee 200 LKR.
- The Tea Museum, Hantane, Kandy. The ancient Tea Factory of Hantana Estate is converted into a Museum dedicated to the history of Sri Lanka Tea. Run by the Sri Lanka Tea Board.
- Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary, the forest located "in the Kandy city", was planned and maintained as the part of the Royal palace complex of the Sinhala Kings. Tropical forest, wild life and some interesting ponds can be seen here. Wear long trousers after rain, as there are lots of leeches about.
- Temples around Kandy city are popular tourist attraction. Most famous temples are: Gadaladeniya, Lankathilaka Viharaya, Embekke Devalaya, Dodanwala Devalaya, Degaldoruwa, Hindagala Viharaya, Madawala Viharaya and Galmaduwa Viharaya.
- Visit Athur's seat for a panoramic view of the Kandy city.
- Imperial War Cemetery is located at Deveni Rajasinghe mawatha.
- Kandyan Art Association No. 72, Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy The Kandyan Art Association is almost at the rear end of the Maligawa – Temple of the Tooth Relic and could be reached by walking along the lake road from the “Ulpenge” situated at the Southern entrance. 094 81 2223100 from 9. 00 a. m. to 5. 30 p. m. Entrance free Visitors get the rare opportunity to see for themselves how these articles are turned out. This is a center for traditional arts and crafts with a government-sponsored sales room and fixed prices.
Articles of finest workmanship in Silver, Copper, Brass, Wooden or Lacquer are supplied.
- Trekking .
The Kandy district has large number of known treks. Within the Kandy city the short walk of Asgiri Maha Viharaya via Bahirawakande hill is an interesting. Udawattakelle forest reserve in within the city limit, gives valuable walking in nature. The secret Walkers Forest upper Hantane trek is on special permission from the Municipal Council of Kandy. The famous Western Shrines of Kandy Gadaladeniya, Lankathilake temples and Embakke shrine are connected by a very scenic footpath. Other part of the west of Kandy, a part of Portuguese War Route, via Ihalakotte railway station to Dodanwala Devale shrine is passing forest reserves, Alagalle Mountain, tea estates and kandyan traditional villages. East of Kandy city the temples Gangaramaya, Galmaduwa, Degaldoruwa temple are well known for paintings, sculptures and architectural techniques.Knuckles mountain range and its forest trails are the most suitable for trekking in Sri Lanka. It has many nature trails cleared trough the forest by forest department with campsites. For example Mini world’s end trails in the west and east, Pitawala pathena trail, Ash cave trail, Nitre cave trail, Knuckles summit trail are very exciting. Also there are interconnected footpaths of cardamom planters, toddy tappers, tea plantation workers, farmers and villages. Traditional villages of the Knuckles foothills with so mach of treks and short walks such as Last King of Kandy, Sri Wikrama Rajasinhe’s (1798-1815) hideout place, Rathna water fall trek, Sitakotuwa limestone cave and waterfall trek, etc.South of Kandy the longest rice field scenery of the island, Lamasuriyagama the rice field was belonging to royal court of Kandy a very spectacular trek. It is undisturbed from electricity wires for photographs and with terrace rice fields by a Loggaloya river with watch huts of farmers. Loggaloya riverine forest trail to Victoria – Randenigala – Rantambe sanctuary is also a very interesting trekking.
- Perahera is the most famous festival in Kandy usually in August. It's a pageant where many elephants participate. You can buy expensive seats or can see it with the crowd. Buy a seat from the Queens hotel. This will be around $40. Buy the tickets from the officials or otherwise through middlemen you will be paying exorbitant prizes.
- Kandyan dancing you can see this traditional form of dancing in the "Kandyan Cultural Center" near the Kandy lake.
- Buddhist Publication Society this is located near the lake. You can participate in discussions about Buddhism, meditation or you can buy some introductory materials about Buddhism.
- Nilambe meditation center, . Have to take a "Galaha" bus passing Peradeniya (Get down from Nilambe "office junction". Is a Buddhist retreat which offers experiences of a monastic lifestyle. You can engage in daily activities which involves yoga classes, meditation and discussions.
- If there's a cricket match on, spend a day at the Asgiriya Stadium, possibly the world's prettiest test match venue, and certainly the only one that for most of the year is simply a school sports ground (Trinity College).
- Laksala is the state owned handicraft shop. you will be able to buy a lot of genuine handicrafts made by traditional artisans (don't be deceived by the fake products available with most tourist shops)
- Kandy City Centre opened up in January 29, 2009. It is an ultra modern shopping complex with space for over 400 shops. By the time of its opening it is the country's most modern and biggest shopping complex.
- Waruna Antiques 761 Peradeniya Road 10 minutes from Kandy, Old Peradeniya Road 0094777710013 9am Kandyan masks, jewelry, coins, plates, textiles, etc.
- Upali Jayakody Batiks No.192/2, Dharmashoka Mawatha, Lewella 094777833938 http://www.jayamalibatiks.com/ Exclusive Batiks By Upali Jaykody. You will be able to buy many more high quality uncommon artistic modern batik.
- Bakehouse, for snacks or traditional Sri Lankan meals. Scenic view of the City, from its first floor balcony, where they serve a Sri Lankan buffet, but this tends to sell out by about 7:30pm
- Devon Restaurant is famous for quality snacks. Captain's table is at Upstairs of Devons. Good Sri Lankan and South Indian food.
- Avanhala, is just in front of the Kandy lake. Good food and best scenery.
- SRIRAM Indian Restaurant located in the Colombo Street offers nice south Indian food.
- The Flower Song Chinese Restaurant on Kotugodelle Vidaya is just north of the town centre. It sells excellent Chinese food - with huge portions of rice or noodles. It's clean, air-conditioned, and serves beers and wines.
- Dinemore , just opposite to the Anniewatta tunnel. On the top of Nihal's Super. Quality Mid-Eastern and South-Indian food for affordable prices.
- Lyons restaurant located in front of the Hindu Kovil. Serves quality food, both Western and Eastern.
- There are two popular bars on the main street (Dalada Vidaya), The Pub and The Pub Royale. The former serves quite good (but pricey, perhaps R700/-) meals, has a large screen for sports inside and a 1st floor outside verandah.
- There are a number of cheap bars (R100/- or less for a 650ml bottle of beer) scattered throughout the sidestreets near the town centre. They can be rather seedy and the kind of place where unaccompanied women could be made to feel very uncomfortable.
There are lots of cheapish guest houses to the south and east of the lake, all a only a short walk from the town centre, and generally clean and friendly.
- Kandy Cottage 160 Lady Gordon Drive tel. +947143 27590 http://www.kandycottage.com Rates from US$10 to US$22 per person, accompanying children free if under 12. Half rate after the first week. firstname.lastname@example.org Eco-friendly retreat for writers and artists, but it also welcomes regular holiday makers with facilities from laundry to laser printing. Although it nestles in a little hollow adjoining a tiny virgin forest 'Udawatta Kele Royal Forest Sanctuary' - it is only ten minutes' walk from the city centre. It has two double rooms and one family suite, all of them enabled with broadband internet.
- Burmese Rest Room from 200 RS RSThe cheapest option in town. The Buddhist monks are friendly and the building is a quiet retreat from Kandy's noisy streets. You'll find it after one kilometer on the right hand side, on the road which begins at the Tooth Temple, leaving away from Kandy Lake. .
- Peace Haven Guest House 47/10 Louis Pieris Mawatha near the north-east corner of Kandy Lake +94812232584 R1000/- room only Located a pleasant 20 minutes stroll by the lakeside from the centre of town. The owners, Mr & Mrs Atapattu, are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The rooms are cheap at R1000/- (US$10) and clean, and the breakfasts include heaps of fresh fruit, all the toast you can eat, and good rich tea. Highly recommended.
Mid range & Splurge
- Amaya Hills Kandy Heerassagala +94 81 4474022/8, +94 77 77772237 http://www.amayaresorts.com/srilanka/hills/amayahills.htm 90 room hotel.
- Chaaya Citadel Kandy 124 Srimath Kuda Ratwatte Mawatha +94 81 2234365 http://www.johnkeellshotels.com/ChaayaCitadel.htm Offers a stay that takes you back in time. The four star hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of the city but near enough to access the cultural marvels that Kandy has to offer.
- Earl's Regency 84 Tenna Kumbura 4km from Kandy +94 81 5873305 - 7 http://www.aitkenspencehotels.com/earls/ This 100 room five star luxury hotel has restaurants with a variety of international cuisine, 24 hour room service, a coffee shop, Ayurvedic health centre, shopping arcade, a sauna and wedding, conference and banquets facilities. Evening entertainment includes disco, karaoke, live bands, oriental bands, bingo and cultural shows.
- Golden View Rest 0094 81 2239418 email@example.com Room from 1,500 LKR Saranankara RdView on the lake and a part of the city. Internet access, bar, hot water and very clean rooms. A/C and non A/C rooms. The breakfast is not included in the price if not asked.
- Hill Top Hotel 200/21, Bahirawakande Peradeniya Rd about 2 km to the city center +94 81 2224162 http://www.aitkenspencehotels.com/hilltop/ Two star hotel. The onsite restaurant serves a variety of local and international dishes.
- Hunas Falls Hotel Elkaduwa about 26 km away from Kandy +94 81 2470041-5 http://www.jetwing.com/web_uploads/hotel_factsheets/Jetwing%20Hunas%20Falls%20-%20PDF%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf The hotel is in a breathtaking setting overlooking the Hunas Falls. The hotel has nine superior rooms, 19 deluxe rooms and suites. Room facilities include a mini bar, satellite TV and IDD telephone. All rooms are centrally air conditioned. The hotel offers conferencing and banqueting facilities.
- The Kandy Samadhicentre Kukuloya Rd Narampanawa passing Digana +94 777710013 http://www.thekandysamadhicentre.com Double with hot water B&B US$80 Nature resort.
- Mahaweli Reach Hotel 35, P.B.A. Weerakoon Mawatha a few minutes away from the city +94 81 4472727 http://www.mahaweli.com/ Five star hotel.
- McLeod Inn 65A Rajapihilla Mawatha +94 81 222 2832 firstname.lastname@example.org 1,300-1,700 LKR The couple who run the place are all smiles and very helpful. Rooms are sparkling clean, comfy beds, en suite with hot and cold water. Some beautiful views across Kandy from their balcony and from a couple of rooms, room 6 especially has floor to ceiling windows. No A/C, but you do not need it.
- Queen's Hotel 124 Srimath Kuda Ratwatte Mawatha in the middle of the city beside the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the Kandy Lake +94 81 81 2233026 / 81 5627620-4 http://www.queenshotel.lk One of the oldest hotels in Kandy. Offers ideal geataway spots to watch the Maligawa Perahera (the procession).
- Randholee Resort +94 81 2217741 http://www.randholeeresorts.com Best rates on official website start at US$68The panoramic view from this resort is one of the better ones in the area, decked in Kandyan décor, all rooms have its own private balcony and bathrooms.
- Riverdale Hotel 32, Aniwatte Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
- Suisse Hotel 30, Sangarajah Mawatha right beside the historic Kandy Lake +94 81 81 2233024-5 http://www.hotelsuisse.lk/ Colonial hotel.
- Swiss Residence Kandy Hotel 23 Bahirawakanda Lane 1 km to the city center 40 guest rooms.
- Hotel Topaz 77 tastefully furnished A/C rooms with piped music and hot and cold running water. 40 of them include a TV, a mini bar and bath tubs.
- Tourmaline Hotel 55, 2nd Lane, Pushpadana Mawatha +94 81 4473551-5 The hotel has 29 furnished rooms with modern amenities.
- Dambulla is 60 km north of Kandy and A/C buses to Dambulla costs 150 LKR.
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