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Kandy Tourism

Kandy is a prominent Sri Lankan city found precisely in the middle of the country. A city of both historical as well as religious importance, Kandy is renowned for being the site of the Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic, unarguably the most famous among all the temples of Sri Lanka. Kandy is also home to numerous remarkable museums and scenic attractions. Kandy is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site declared in 1988. 

The Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic is the site of preservation of Lord Buddha’s tooth, a Buddhist relic venerated around the world. Adjacent to the temple is the remnants of the Royal Palace of Kandy; the most notable features here are the Audience Hall with its exquisitely carved pillars, and the Rajah Tusker Hall, dedicated to Rajah, who participated in the Kandy Esala Perahera (procession) for fifty years. The World Buddhist Museum, National Museum of Kandy and Sri Dalada Museum, located in the temple complex, have artefacts related to the history of Buddhism, Kandy and the colonial rule.

Apart from the temple complex, one can pay a visit to the stunning and tranquil 19th-century Kandy Lake and the Udawattekele Sanctuary. The informative Ceylon Tea Museum and the gorgeous Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens with almost 4000 floral species are also close to the city.

Whether you wish to pray at the temple or visit the city’s attractions, a trip to Kandy will certainly offer invaluable insights into Sri Lanka’s rich culture.

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Currency in Kandy

The LKR is the local currency in Sri Lanka which replaced the British pound in the country.There are portraits of previous Sri Lankan prime ministers as well as ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the fronts of the bank notes.The backs have Sri Lankan flora and fauna, landscapes, industries as well as pictures showing local culture and history.

Exchanging Money in Kandy

1 LKR = 0.46 INR.

Daily Budget for Kandy

The average daily budget of a tourist would depend on whther the travel is luxurious or budget travels. So a budget trip would cost 2500 - 3000 LKR each day.

Religion of Kandy

Theravada Buddhism is the major religion of Kandy

Kandy Customs

Kandy has no special customs that need to be observed.

Language of Kandy

Sinhala and Tamil are spoken mostly. However English is also a language of communication in Kandy.

History of Kandy

Kandy, formerly known as Senkadagalapura, was established in the 15th century by King Vikramabahu III of Gampola. The kingdom gained prominence during the 16th century after King Vimaladharmasuriya I ascended to the throne; he defeated the Portuguese twice in battle and built the Temple of The Sacred Tooth Relic. The kingdom later developed rocky relations with the Dutch, which lasted for several decades. Eventually, Kandy was captured by the British forces in 1815, making it the last ancient capital of Sri Lanka.

Nightlife in Kandy

Kandy is not very known for its nightlife, but some places to hang out at are the bars - Pub Royale which has an English feel and Le Garage. The nearest disco in Kandy is located here. However the disco is only open on Saturdays in the evening.

Shopping in Kandy

Kandy has a popular shopping mall called the Kandy city centre which has some renowned international stores, some stores selling local products and boutiques. Some renowned local garment stores are Odel, Abstract.

Festivals in Kandy

Every year, Kandy plays host to the ten-day Kandy Esala Perahera, perhaps the most impressive Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka. Its origins date back to the 4th century. With numerous processions comprising elephants bedecked with garments and carrying a replica of the Sacred Tooth Relic, fire breathers, dancers, acrobats, whip crackers and musicians, the festival is simply spectacular.

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What is the best time to visit Kandy?

The best time to visit Kandy is from January to March as these are the driest months of the year, which facilitates a better sightseeing experience. Incidentally, this also coincides with the peak season for touring Sri Lanka so that one might incur higher expenses for travel and accommodation. However, if you are planning to witness the festivities of the Kandy Esala Perahera, visit the city during July and August; fortunately, the rainfall is relatively low at this time of the year.

The months of October and November are generally considered as the off-season for visiting Kandy, since this is the time of the monsoon, and the weather can play havoc with sightseeing plans.
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What is the local food in Kandy?

For authentic local food try the Kandy Muslim hotel which is very popular among locals and tourists alike. Helga's Folly, The White House and Kandy House are also popular choices. Soya Centre is a popular choice as well and moreover, it is a completely vegetarian place.

The restaurants at Kandy mainly consist of options for everyday casual dining and fine dining. Restaurants such as The Empire Café, Mlesna Tea Centre and Buono are ideal for a light meal; excellent dining options include Villa Rosa Restaurant, Theva Cuisine and Sala Thai. Visit Sharon Inn for a taste of authentic Sri Lankan delicacies; the restaurant is known for its rice and curry buffet, which typically starts at 7:30 PM.

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What is the best way to reach Kandy?

Kandy is accessible through airways, land transport.
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What are the top hotels in Kandy?

There are 1019 in Kandy which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Kandy are Stone House, Kandy, Country House Hillside, Springhill Homestay, Riverine Cascade, Bungalow116 Lanka, The Cat House. You can see all the hotels in Kandy here

What are the things to do in Kandy?

The top things to do in Kandy are Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Giragama Tea Plantations, Temple of the Tooth, Big Buddha - Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Spice Gardens. You can see all the places to visit in Kandy here

What are the places near Kandy?

The top places near to Kandy are Nuwara eliya which is 41 km from Kandy, Colombo which is located 94 km from Kandy, Sigiriya which is located 75 km from Kandy, Galle which is located 144 km from Kandy, Anuradhapura which is located 116 km from Kandy

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