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How to Spend 2 Days in Kandy

How to Spend 2 Days in Kandy

With two full days in Kandy, you have time to check out the historic city’s most important attractions and still visit area tea plantations, go on a food tour, and even learn how to whip up traditional Sri Lankan fare yourself. Here’s how.

 

Day 1: Cultural Highlights

**Morning:**On your first morning in Kandy, visit the city's most important attraction: The Temple of the Tooth. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses one of the Buddha's teeth, though the relic itself is not often on display. Many city tours start here and are great for familiarizing yourself with local religious customs.

 

**Afternoon:**Just north of the temple sits the Royal Palace of Kandy; it's the next stop for most full-day tours. Don't miss the Natha Devale shrine, which dates to the Middle Ages. If you have time, stop by the International Buddhist Museum to learn how Buddhism is practiced around the world.

 

**Night:**After grabbing dinner at one of the many restaurants along Kandy Lake, head over to the nearby Kandyan Art Association to check out a dance and traditional drumming performance. You may even see a fire walking demonstration along with traditional dance styles.

Day 2: Culinary Kandy

**Morning:**Sri Lanka has long been an important tea producer, and there are plenty of plantations in the Kandy area that are open to visitors. On your second morning, consider a guided tour to a local tea estate; you can even go by mountain bike if you want to some exercise.

 

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head back to Kandy for lunch, but instead of sitting down for a meal at a restaurant, consider a food tour. These walking tours tend to cover a lot of ground, giving you the chance to fill up on all sorts of local snacks and sweets.

 

**Night:**Continue your culinary experience into the evening with a cooking class in the home of a local. You not only learn how to make all sorts of popular dishes, but you also get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor for dinner.

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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Kandy Private Street Food Tour

Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Kandy Private Street Food Tour

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Kandy’s rich offering of cuisines can make it difficult to know where to start exploring the local food scene. This private Kandy food tour removes the guesswork by taking you straight to the places that locals love to go: try new markets, fresh ingredients, and natural juices that are sure to please. Eight food tastings and two non-alcoholic drinks are included, so be sure to come hungry.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.90
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$30.90
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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
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$1.00
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$1.00
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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
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$57.00
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$57.00
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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
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$75.39
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Tea Plucking & Tea Factory Tour

Tea Plucking & Tea Factory Tour

Sri Lanka was once called Ceylon, and the name still holds for one it’s a major exports tea. With this tour, skip passive vacation pastimes for a tea plucking experience on a plantation. Get on the field with estate workers, grab the necessary tools, and spend some time picking tea leaves. You’ll also witness all aspects of the tea-making process on a guided tour of a tea factory.With this tour, witness this rich heritage by visiting tea estates, as well as working tea factories and get hands-on experience in the art of tea making and get some brief experience on Srilankan Spices and herbal items too.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.67
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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
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$80.00
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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
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$66.67
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$66.67
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James Taylor's Tea Story Tour from Kandy

James Taylor's Tea Story Tour from Kandy

Steep yourself in the origins of Sri Lanka’s tea industry thanks to this 6-hour private exploration of the famous Loolkandura Estate. Learn about the creation of this historic tea plantation and its founder James Taylor, as you explore his legacy and discover the tea cultivation and production process. All entrance fees, plus water and snacks, are included.
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  • 6 hours
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$105.00
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$105.00
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