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How to Spend 3 Days in Kandy

How to Spend 3 Days in Kandy

With three days in Kandy, you can get a feel for the ancient city with a visit to its historic attractions and religious sites, museums, and restaurants, with time left over to venture out to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Sigiriya and Dambulla nearby. Here’s how to do it.

Day 1: Historic and Cultural Highlights

Spend your first day in Kandy visiting the city’s numerous cultural and historic sites. Taking a guided tour is a good way to get acquainted with the area while learning about Kandy’s history. Most visitors start with the star attraction: Sri Dalada Maligawa, more commonly referred to as the Temple of the Tooth. Dating to the 18th century, this temple was named after a relic in its possession—a tooth believed to have belonged to the Buddha. Most of the city's main cultural sites are located within walking distance of the temple, including the National Museum and International Buddhist Museum, which focuses on Buddhism around the world. Don’t miss the Royal Palace of Kandy, just north of the Temple of the Tooth, which features centuries worth of local architecture (its Natha Devale shrine dates back to the 1300s). Finish your day with a dance performance at the nearby Kandyan Art Association.

 

Day 2: Food and Tea

On your second day in Kandy, take a tour out to one of the many tea plantations in the area, where you can learn all about the cultivation and production of Ceylon tea. While most tours are by car or tuk tuk, bicycle tours are a good option to get a little exercise along the way. If you have your own car or have booked a personal tour with a tuk tuk and driver for the morning, request to stop at a local spice farm to learn about spice production. If you have time left over, head back to Kandy for an afternoon food tour, a great way to try a lot of different Sri Lankan food in one go. Afterwards, join a local cooking class and dinner experience to learn how to make local favorites yourself.

 

Day 3: Day Trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla

Devote your final day to visiting two of Sri Lanka's most important UNESCO World Heritage sites: Sigiriya and Dambulla. Sigiriya features an intricately frescoed palace situated atop a 656-foot-high (200-meter-high) rock. The palace was used as a Buddhist monastery until around the 14th century. Today it's possible to climb to the top of the rock to visit the site's architecture, frescoes, and gardens. Sigiriya is usually visited in conjunction with the nearby Dambulla Cave Temple, which features more than 150 statues of the Buddha spread across five caves, the biggest of which is about 50 feet (15 meters) in length. Multiple private tour options are available from Kandy. Some include stops at additional sites such as Minneriya National Park, a popular spot for wildlife jeep safaris, and Hiriwadunna Village, where you can take a boat or ox cart ride or learn to cook from local village residents.

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Full-Day Private Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kandy

Full-Day Private Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kandy

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The Golden Temple of Dambulla and the Ancient City of Sigiriya are two of Sri Lanka’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this private tour from Kandy visits both in one day. Climb the dramatic rock fortress of Sigiriya, tuck into a delicious curry lunch (own expense), then explore the Buddhist cave complex of Dambulla with its gigantic rock-carved Buddha.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$1.00
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$1.00
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Day tour to Minneriya National Park,Sigiriya & Dambulla from Kandy

Day tour to Minneriya National Park,Sigiriya & Dambulla from Kandy

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Round up three top Sri Lanka attractions in a single outing with this private Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Minneriya National Park day trip from Kandy. Rather than grappling with bus timetables or bartering with cabs, rely on a driver-guide and private air-conditioned vehicle to ferry you between the sites. Climb Sigiriya Rock, explore Dambulla’s Buddha-filled caves, and take a Minneriya safari to see wild elephants, monkeys, deer, and birds.
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  • 12 hours
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$32.70
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$32.70
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.39
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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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$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
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Private Day Trip to Hiriwaduna Village and Sigiriya from Kandy

Private Day Trip to Hiriwaduna Village and Sigiriya from Kandy

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Sample the best of Sri Lanka’s local culture, wildlife, and history during this full-day private excursion. Take a guided trek to Hiriwaduna in the Sri Lankan interior and admire diverse birdlife, enjoy a boat ride, and dig into an included lunch at a village house. Then head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which dates back to the 5th century.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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
Price varies by group size