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How to Spend 1 Day in Kandy

How to Spend 1 Day in Kandy

Kandy offers a lot for visitors, and with one day, you have plenty to keep you busy right in the city center. Whether you plan to join or tour, or prefer to go it on your own, here's one way to organize your day.

 

Morning: A Famous Tooth and Other Important Artifacts

Start your day in Kandy with a trip to the city's most important attraction: Sri Dalada Maligawa, better known as the Temple of the Tooth. This 18th-century Buddhist temple houses one of the Buddha's teeth, and the presence of the relic draws pilgrims from around the world. Most city tours stop here, and going with a guide is ideal to ensure you follow temple protocol. Just next to the temple sits the National Museum of Kandy, where you can see all sorts of artifacts, from royal weaponry to jewelry located in what was once the king's harem house.

 

Afternoon: Palace Splendor and a Taxidermied Elephant

In the afternoon, grab a quick lunch before heading to the Royal Palace of Kandy, just north of the Temple of the Tooth. Palace tours focus on the highlights, which include the 14th-century Natha Devale, one of four shrines within the complex, and the taxidermied remains of the elephant Raja, who was famously used for royal and religious processions for decades. If you have time, stop by the International Buddhist Museum just around the corner, a good place to learn more about Buddhist traditions around the world.

Night: Fire Walk or Cooking Class

Finish your day in Kandy by attending an evening dance and cultural performance hosted in the auditorium at Kandyan Art Association. Dance is traditionally performed to the beat of a drum known asgeta beraya, and performances staged here often end with a fire walk demonstration. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of cooking and want to learn how to make Sri Lankan dishes, consider signing up for a private cooking class in the home of a local—an experience that allows you to both cook and sample all sorts of delicious food from the island.

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Airport Pick up From Colombo airport to Kandy

Airport Pick up From Colombo airport to Kandy

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Private arrival transfer from Colombo International Airport to your hotel in Kandy (Kandy City range) . Begin your Sri Lankan vacation with a reliable,responsible and safeguard from hidden dangerous, transfer service conduct by a professional chauffeur in an air-conditioned private vehicle
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$56.00
per group
From
$56.00
per group

Kandy Cultural Dance Performance

Kandy Cultural Dance Performance

We are the prime operator in Sri Lanka which is having own operations in all tourist hot-spots across the island. Be in the hands of experience drivers and other services such as guides. (English speaking) No third party drivers, operations or third party vehicles. All services provided by own fleet and under the supervision of management. Best price guaranteed!
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$1.00
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$1.00
Taking safety measures

Kandy City Walk with a Local

Kandy City Walk with a Local

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Explore the streets of Kandy on a private 2-hour walking tour that introduces you to the city's landmarks, history, and food. With a private guide, see Kandy's most important monuments, including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and try Sri Lankan street food. You'll also take a ride on a tuk-tuk.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$57.00
Price varies by group size
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$57.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Full Day Charming Private Kandy Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Full Day Charming Private Kandy Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Dive deeper into Kandy than you could alone in a day with a private tour that covers all the sights in and around the city. Avoid having to plan cabs and guess where and what to see; and learn background to each sight from your guide. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, markets, a tea factory, and more; uncover Kandy’s culture; enjoy refreshments, and relax with door-to-door air-conditioned transport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$75.28
Price varies by group size
From
$75.28
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Kandy Tour by Air-Conditioned Car: Do it All in One Day

Private Kandy Tour by Air-Conditioned Car: Do it All in One Day

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Feel like a true local in Kandy thanks to this 11-hour private sightseeing tour by air-conditioned car. During your trip you’ll visit the Giragama tea plantation, the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Bahirawakanda Temple, see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and enjoy a Kandy Cultural Show, plus much more. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport are also covered.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size

Kandy City Tour - Sri Lanka Tourism Hub

Kandy City Tour - Sri Lanka Tourism Hub

Tour Operator : SRI LANKA TOURISM HUB You will be picked up from the from Katunayake Airport or hotel Travel to Kandy Visit the Kandy Tooth Relic Temple, Kandy Lake and View a Kandy city at the View point Visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden Lunch at Kandy Drive back to Hotel or Airport
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  • 1 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$66.67
Price varies by group size
From
$66.67
Price varies by group size