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Explore the heritage of Sri Lanka’s last kingdom

The last Sinhalese kingdom, Kandy is central to the history of Sri Lanka and is home to many of the island’s cultural gems. Meaning ‘hill’, Kandy once stood as an impenetrable fortress against invading colonial powers, withstanding all attempts of invasion until the British finally deposed the king in 1815. Kandy houses the world-famous Temple of the Tooth, one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world, which was built to protect the sacred tooth relic thought to belong to Lord Buddha, which has been enshrined in Sri Lanka for hundreds of years. As well as a host of other temples, visitors to the city can wander along Kandy Lake, stroll through the stunning Botanical Gardens – created by the British in the 19th century and still one of the most beautiful gardens in Asia – and visit Kadungannawa Tea Factory. Kandy is one of the best places to explore the art history of Sri Lanka and travelers should take the time to see a Kandyan cultural show.

Fun Facts

  • The Kandyan Kingdom was founded in the late 15th century, and continued until 1815 when the last king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, was finally deposed by the British.

Experiences & Things to Do at Kandy

A guided tour of the Botanical Gardens with a botanist - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
A guided tour of the Botanical Gardens with a botanist

Allow your guide to take you on a circular tour of Sri Lanka’s largest botanical gardens, which are the finest of their kind in Asia.

A train ride from Kandy to the Tea Country - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
A train ride from Kandy to the Tea Country

One of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, this rail ride provides spectacular views of the hill country.

A walk through the Sri Lankan garden – Matale - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
A walk through the Sri Lankan garden – Matale

Start your experience with an invigorating glass of fresh juice, after which you’ll embark on a 45-minute hike around the farm with a planter.

A visit to an artist’s home - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
A visit to an artist’s home

The artistic and philosophical among you will love this wholesome visit to the home of a talented and reclusive artist and his daughter.

A visit to the Kadugannawa tea factory - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
A visit to the Kadugannawa tea factory

Especially if you are not planning on heading into Sri Lanka’s hills, a visit to the Kadugannawa Tea Factory is essential.

A visit to the Temple of the Tooth - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
A visit to the Temple of the Tooth

Let your guide bring this temple to life with his stories about the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

A walking tour of Kandy town - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
A walking tour of Kandy town

Walk the streets of Kandy with your guide, perhaps visiting the local market or the Temple of the Tooth on the way, depending on your interests.

Exclusive traditional dance performance - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
Exclusive traditional dance performance

This exclusive performance of traditional Kandyan dance is held in the privacy of your hotel restaurant over dinner.

Meet the elephants with an elephant expert - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
Meet the elephants with an elephant expert

Visit the Millenium Elephant Foundation to learn about the part elephants play in Sri Lankan culture and the difficulties of this.

Nature walk and an authentic home-cooked lunch – Galagedara - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
Nature walk and an authentic home-cooked lunch – Galagedara

This walk can last anywhere between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours and covers some of the 45 acre-plantation’s most beautiful spots.

Tea and stories with a photographer - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
Tea and stories with a photographer

Your host’s captivating collection dates back to 1985, and expresses both diversity of subject and location within Sri Lanka.

The Golden Age of Travel: a ride on Sri Lanka’s luxury viceroy tea train - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
The Golden Age of Travel: a ride on Sri Lanka’s luxury viceroy tea train

Experience timeless colonial charm on the most luxurious train carriage in the country, which has vintage décor and sumptuous amenities.

The Three Temple Loop – Gampola - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
The Three Temple Loop – Gampola

This tour combines visits to the three 14th century Buddhist temples in this area – Embekke Devale, Lankatilaka and Galadeniya Viharaya.

Traditional Sri Lankan lunch at the home of a batik artist – Matale - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
Traditional Sri Lankan lunch at the home of a batik artist – Matale

After an elaborate, traditional Sri Lankan lunch (comprising 25 separate dishes), look around this prominent batik workshop.

Trek in the Knuckles Mountain Range - Kandy -  Sri Lanka In Style
Trek in the Knuckles Mountain Range

Start the day at 6am, where your guide will drive you 1.5 hours into the mountains to start your 14km trek through this stunning environment.


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