At a glance

Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second-largest city, hill country capital, and sacred city. It is home to the famed Temple of the Tooth, the most revered relic of Buddha. It was the last ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka before the country fell to the British. It is the first stop before going deep into the highland and tea country, places such as Nuwara Eliya and Ella. The notable architecture of Kandy city and its culture remain dominant in Sinhala Buddhist culture. It played a principal role in the British colonialism, as Kandy was Sri Lanka’s last stronghold. Kandy Perehara is one of the most important religious events in the country and has been the case for centuries.

Hidden Gems

  • Bahirawakanda Viharaya Buddha Statue perched on a hill is 88ft tall.
  • Ceylon Tea Museum tells the story of tea in Sri Lanka with its vintage exhibits.
  • The Railway Museum showcases trains from Sri Lanka’s past.
  • Kandyan Dance and Drum show let you soak up some of that unique culture.
  • The Spice Garden is a place to see famous spices in their natural habitat.

Where to Shop in Kandy

You can shop for local handicrafts in Kandy city centre. Selyn handlooms, Jayamali Batik Studio, Rangala House Gallery, and Waruna Antiques are reputed places to do your Kandy shopping.

Where to Eat in Kandy

Theva Cuisine, Kandy Muslim Hotel, Kandy House, White House, Rockview, and Slightly Chilled Lounge are excellent choices for Kandy food.

The Route

Best Times to Visit

It has favourable conditions all year. November to April is Kandy’s dry season.