Day Trip to Kandy from Colombo
Kandy, the hill capital, is another World Heritage Site. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Enjoy this full day customized day tour to the last kingdom of Sri Lanka with an experienced English speaking driver to guide you along the way with all required facilities.
per adult from
11 to 12 hours
What's included :
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation
- Bottled water
- All entrance fees
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Entry/Admission - Royal Botanical Gardens
- Entry/Admission - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
- Entry/Admission - Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show
What's excluded :
- Restroom on board
- WiFi on board
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya Road, Peradeniya 20400 Sri Lanka
The Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens is just 6 kms away from the charming city of Kandy. It is home to an array of exotic and the most eye-catching blooms and plants. It is definitely not just a garden with pretty flora and a landscape. Its history dates back to 1371 it is a place that is not be missed if you are around Kandy. In ancient times the garden has been frequented by royalty as King Keerthi Sri Rajasingha has used it as his courts. With the colonial rule in Sri Lanka the garden received its official botanical garden state when Edward Barnes was the governor. It is said that the plants were even brought from the Kew Gardens to the Peradeniya gardens when the British were giving a new look to the Royal Botanical Gardens. The first tea seedling that was planted in Ceylon was at this Botanical Garden during Edwards Barnes’s time. During the Second World War it has been used as the headquarters of the South East Asia Command by Lord Mountbatten. Today it bears some of the exquisite orchids, indigenous plants and herbs and memorable plants like the Cannonball tree that was planted in 1901 by King George V and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Situated in the ancient kingdom in the central highlands of the country Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy also known as Dalada Maligawa is considered one of the holiest and sacred sites for Buddhists. It is believed that the Temple is home to one of the tooth relics of Lord Buddha. Many years later, following Buddha’s passing away, an Indian Princess named Hemamala has brought the tooth relic to Sri Lanka. The temple complex is surrounded by a moat and it is bounded by white carvings of elephants. You could also see the four main Devalas (temples of Gods) facing the temple complex. Just as you enter the main court yard of the temple premises you come across statues of Weera Keppetipola Disawe, a hero of the Uva rebellion against the British rulers, Venerable and noted monks like the Hikkaduwe Sri Summangala thera. From this place you get a clear view of the Octagon and the golden canopy of the chamber that houses the tooth relic. It is advised for all tourists not to wear shorts or short skirts and to go barefoot into the temple as a sign of respect.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Kandy Lake, Centre of Kandy City, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
Dominating the town is the Kandy Lake. A leisurely stroll around it, with a few stops on the lakeside seats, is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. The lake is artificial and was created in 1807 by Sri Wickrama Rajasinha, the last ruler of the kingdom of Kandy. Several minor local chiefs protested because their people objected to labouring on the project. In order to stop the protests they were put to death on stakes in the lake bed. The central island was used as Sri Wickrama Rajasinha’s personal harem. Later the British used it as an ammunition store and added the fortress-style parapet around the perimeter. On the south shore, in front of the Malwatte Maha Vihara, the circular enclosure is the monks’ bathhouse.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, 7 Sangamitta Mawatha, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
The Kandy Lake Club Cultural Show is a showcase of Sri Lankan arts, dance and cultural heritage which is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Started at 1982, it is the first cultural dance show of its type to be showcased in Sri Lanka. The show is held at the Kandy Lake Club located in Sangamitta Mawatha. The Sri Lankan arts, dance and cultural heritage show displays a total number of 12 traditional dances and performances that originate from various parts of the country. Only performed by individuals with the traditional Ves costume and who have perfected the vannam’s (stances of dance) of the ‘Ves Natuma’ (popularly known as Kandyan dancing), the ritualistic dance is performed under the rhythmic tunes of the ‘Geta Beraya’ (a traditional drum). Another intriguing dance performance is the ‘Raksha Natuma’, a Sri Lankan mask dance stemming from the southern parts of the country. The ‘Raksha Natuma’ was used to perform exorcisms and heal the sick during the thriving times of the ancient kingdoms.
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in ColomboAirports
- Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
Departure Time :7:00 AM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.