Kandy sights, what to see

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Храм в Канди, Шри-Ланка

Right in the heart of Kandy attractions not a lot to see, enough for one full day. To view and of interest in the area, better plan on three full days.

To start exploring the city is with a walk around Kandy lake. Here is near the main attraction – the Temple of the tooth relic, for which here and goes most of the tourists. After the temple of the tooth in the guests standing nearby Anglican Church of St. Paul, contrasting its architecture and contents with dozens of Buddhist temples around. Nearby is a national Museum and a cemetery, Harrison. Well, if you have the time, can walk in the Park Udawatta Kele Sanctuary which is a jungle in miniature in the center of the city. In the evening be sure to visit one of the traditional dance show.

But they come here not only for the city centre attractions. Here is the beautiful Botanical garden of Peradeniya, the tea Museum, several magnificent and unique temples with a very ancient history. Also from Kandy visit other places of Central Sri Lanka using the city as a base.

As for entertainment in Kandy just a few of them, or rather, in the city for tourists there is nothing. But you can go for trekking in the jungle, ride on a boat on the river, meditate, or take a trip to one of the two elephant camps. All this is offered by local travel agencies, but in the nurseries of elephants and you can go on their own. Evening entertainment in Kandy little, just a few bars, mostly along the main street Dalada Vidaya. But a great variety, besides that, everything closes early. Generally, after 10 hours almost the whole city goes to sleep, the streets became empty.

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Below are the list of the most popular and exciting attractions in Kandy with the time of operation, cost, and ways to reach them. You can print this list (pages adapted for printing on the printer) and use it as a guide. Also available for printing our map with attractions. You can customize the map to fit your needs by disabling it display superfluous elements, and then print.

The sites are within the Kandy city

  • The Temple Of The Tooth Relic

    Храм зуба Будды в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    Temple of the Tooth relic is the main temple of Sri Lanka, which houses a relic important to Buddhists all over the world. The tooth is kept in Kandy since the announcement of the city as the capital in 1592 (according to another version, he is appeared only in the XVIII century). Many pilgrims flock here all year round, to get a little closer to the Shrine, because to see her is almost impossible. The tooth is kept in a sarcophagus of the seven stupas, one nested in the other, and to see the stupa, you will have to stand in a huge queue of pilgrims and believers.

    The entrance to the temple for foreigners is paid, 1500 rupees, but it includes a visit to two museums (the Museum of world Buddhism and the Sri Dalada Museum). Before entering one must pass a rigorous security check. Will not be allowed into the temple in shorts, pants or skirt not covering the knees, with bare shoulders, headdress. Upon entering you will have to take off their shoes and shoes to leave for free either in piles or in storage for the money (200 rupees). And yet, when you purchase a ticket you can get a free audio guide, including in Russian, leaving a passport as a Deposit. Read more

    Website: sridaladamaligawa.lk

    🕐 Working time: daily from 05:30 to 20:00; Museum of Buddhism from 09:00 to 18:00; Sri Dalada Museum from 07:30 to 18:00. Time of prayers, puja, when you open hall with a stupa– 05:30-06:45, 09:30-11:00, 18:30-20:00.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 1500 INR (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate), includes visiting museums.

    🚶 How to get: Buddha temple is located in the centre of Kandy on the Bank of the lake (temple on the map). The temple can be seen from any shore of the lake, so once in the centre it is possible without problems to reach on foot.

  • Kandy Lake

    Озеро Канди, Шри-Ланка

    Artificial lake Kandy (Bogambara Lake) is located in the heart of the city, and is the main tourist area and self-attraction. It appeared in 1807 on the initiative of the last ruler of the Kingdom of Kandy, Sri Wickrama Rajasinha. In the center of the lake lies a small island that the king used as the harem, and in colonial times the British were storing ammunition. Now on an island just you will find a mini-Park with walkway relating to the Temple of the tooth relic.

    Around the lake paths with benches, here you can find hotels and travel agencies, and here begins the street Dalada Vidaya, which is primarily focused on travel services. To the North is the main attraction of Kandy is the temple of the tooth, and next to the national Museum. In the water of the lake is rich in fish, amphibians and even exotic. Read more

    🕐 Working time: around the clock, but at night is better for women around the lake to walk, as crime in the Kandy high.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: the lake is located in the centre of Kandy (lake on the map).

  • Buddhist temples Devalee

    Буддистские храмы в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    Kandy is not for nothing has the title of spiritual centre of Sri Lanka, and it is not only the main Temple of the tooth relic. Apart from him, there is still a huge number of Buddhist temples, each with its own significance for believers, and unique and interesting for tourists.

    Their greatest concentration is in front of the Temple of the tooth, and if you visit it, take your time and leisurely stroll here. This temple, called Sri Lanka Devalee, are different from normal that are dedicated to the gods of the followers of the Buddha. Even without the story of the guide you will find many interesting discoveries. For example, you can see how taken out for a walk of an elephant, and the locals are under his belly, as this is considered a good omen. Will see how ordinary believers pray, and hold ceremonies the monks. Life in these churches in full swing and not stop for a minute. Read more

    🕐 Working time: most of the temples are open from 06:00 to 20:00.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get: the greatest concentration of temples is situated on a large site (Temples Square) directly opposite the entrance to the Temple of the tooth relic (temples Devalee on the map).

  • The traditional view

    Традиционное представление в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    Every tourist who arrived in Kandy, a must see traditional cultural shows. I have to say that this is not a spectacular show with lots of costumes, beautiful music and a thrilling story. On the contrary, it looks very simple, and even somewhat amateurish. But it's not because the actors phoning it in, but because this level of traditional folk performances. But despite this, the show is a must see. They are held every evening in several places the city in the halls of hotels or special concert halls. The presentation lasts about an hour, and to understand what is happening on stage, the audience are given booklets with the description of the plot of the play. Read more

    🕐 Working time: the show runs in the evenings after 18 hours, the start time specified upon purchase of tickets

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 500-1000 rupees. The cost is sometimes included drinks and even dinner. Buying/booking tickets usually occurs in advance through hotels or distributors on the street. Look for the tickets do not have, you they will be offered very often. After booking at the appointed time you just have come to the right place where tourists gather and trap in space. Sometimes walking escort from the hotel included in the price, so as to find halls for performances can be difficult.

    🚶 How to get: the show takes place in different places of the city in hotels and concert halls. When buying/booking a ticket, you explain in detail where to come, and sometimes they even offer support from the hotel, so you don't get lost.

  • National Museum Kandy

    Национальный музей Канди, Шри-Ланка

    National Museum of Kandy (Kandy National Museum) is the main historical Museum of the city, telling mainly about the lifestyle and the religion of Sinhalese before the arrival of Europeans on the island, is the period from the 17th to the 19th century. There are really interesting exhibits, a total of more than 5000, but, unfortunately, the small Museum is quite popular, and it seems that just forgotten. The lighting is poor, no air conditioning, many of the exhibits are not signed, the audio guide is missing. The premise of the Museum is located in the former Palace of the wives of the king (Palle Vahala).

    🕐 Working time: Tuesday-Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday and Monday – closed.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: adults – 600 rupees; children – 400; photo/videography – 250/2000

    🚶 How to get there: the Museum is located in the city center near Temple of the tooth, is very easy to find (Museum map).

  • The Church Of St. Paul

    Церковь Святого Пола в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    Surprisingly, but in the spiritual centre of the traditional religion of Sri Lanka can unexpectedly get in the Christian Anglican Church – Church of St. Paul (Saint Paul's Church). It was built in 1843-1848 years of red brick in a traditional colonial Neo-Gothic style for British troops who were stationed in Kandy, and was originally called the Church of the garrison (Garrison Church). Here is the biggest on of all the existing churches of Sri Lanka.

    The Church still is active and it can visit anyone, her door is always open for guests. Read more

    🕐 While workingin the daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, donations are welcome.

    🚶 How to get there: located a few minutes walk from the lake and the temple of the tooth relic (Church of the map).

  • Cemetery Harrison

    Кладбище Гаррисона в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    On the old British garrison cemetery (Garrison Cemetery) in the center of Kandy is 165 graves of the colonial period. All buried here – British subjects who died in the period from 1817 to 1873, after which it was closed for new burials, as has been completely filled. A long time it was abandoned and forgotten, but in 1998 it was restored, the tombstones restored, installed fence and even hired a caretaker. In 2013, this place was visited by Prince Charles.

    Today this place is open to anyone. Here you can walk among the old graves and read the names and dates of life of the buried people. Please note the age of the deceased, as many of them young children, at that time, and even in such extreme for Europeans conditions, few people lived to 40 years. Read more

    🕐 Working time: from 08:00 to 18:00, seven days a week.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: located on a small hill behind the National Museum, the gate of the former Palace (cemetery on the map).

  • Military cemetery

    Военное кладбище в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    Another cemetery Commonwealth War Cemetery in Kandy can be interesting to tourists. Previously it was called Pitakande Military Cemetery. Here are buried soldiers of various nationalities and religions who died from 1939 to 1945 while defending Sri Lanka in the second world war. In total there are 196 graves, among which the British, Africans, Sri Lankans, Indians, Canadians, Italians and a Frenchman. It may seem strange that a cemetery is considered a tourist attraction but it is very well maintained and beautiful. The graves are always fresh flowers, and often one can see the Europeans who came to honor the memory of their relatives or countrymen. Read more

    🕐 Working time: from 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 18:00, seven days a week.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: located five kilometers from Kandy city center, walking can't get there (cemetery on the map). Can be reached by private transport, taxi, or by bus №644 from the clock tower near the center. On this bus you need to get to the bus stop Art Lanka Bus Stop or Gamble, and then walk along river a mile. You can combine your visit with a trip to the Botanical garden of Peradeniya, the tea Museum or to the elephant orphanage.

  • Park Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

    Парк Udawatta Kele Sanctuary в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    To the North of the lake right in the city is guarded and protected area of rain forest Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary. It is small, and the walk around it takes from 15 minutes to several hours. There are trails, the trails between the giant trees and exotic vegetation, you can see exotic birds and of course lots of monkeys. Do not forget about the precautions while walking: cell phones, necklaces and other items hide in a backpack, and the backpack itself is well close, as the monkeys can even climb inside and something to steal. And yet, there are land leeches. Women are advised not to walk in the Park alone. For orientation at the entrance give the card. Read more

    🕐 Working time: 06:30 to 18:00, seven days a week.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets cost: adults 660 rupees, children – 375, guide - 500

    🚶 How to get there: the forest is located right in the city North of the lake, the entrance to it is a 15-minute walk from temple of tooth relic. to find the entrance, from the lake need to go through the main street Polonnaruwa Veediya (Kandy-Jaffna Hayway) approximately 500 metres to the post office. After the mail you have to turn right and go up the hill on the road Udawatta Kale Access Road for about another 500 meters until you hit the checkpoint in the Park (checkpoint/entrance on the map).

  • The Malwatte Maha Vihara Monastery

    The Malwatte Maha Vihara monastery (also Malwatta Mahavihara) is located right in the centre of Kandy on the South shore of the lake at the place where once was the Royal flower gardens. The complex consists of three ancient temples: Sangharaja Temple, Tibbotuwawe Temple (Meda Pansala) and Poyamalu Viharaya. Each of them is a historical Museum of architecture and history of the monastery and some buildings are really small museums containing valuable artefacts belonging to the founders of the monastery. In the house of the head of the monastery is the library. If you have enough time, then you must visit this complex, you will see and learn a lot of interesting things. If you only have five free minutes, much sense to come here not because you feel that this is the most ordinary temple. Read more

    🕐 While workingin the daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, donations are welcome.

    🚶 How to get there: located in the centre South of the lake (temple on the map).

  • Bahirawa Temple Kandy

    Храм Bahirawa Kandy в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    On one of the hills overlooking the city, you can see the big statue sitting in the Lotus position of the Buddha. It is visible from almost anywhere in the city, like the statue "sees" the whole city at a glance. This is a Buddhist temple Bahirawa Kandy with its 27-meter statue. The temple is quite traditional, and would be not particularly remarkable, if not the largest in Kandy statue, and great views of the city centre from a height of 600 meters, 100 meters higher than the center itself. But in cloudy weather to be up here not worth it, the views are obscured by haze. Read more

    🕐 While workingin the daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 200 rupees.

    🚶 How to get there: the temple is located on a hill a mile from Kandy lake (temple on the map). You can get there on foot, but you'll have to climb up 100 meters. If you're in rented transport, you can reach the top, near the temple there is a Parking place. The climb starts opposite the police station on the way Sri Pushpadana Mawatha and goes to Bahirawa Kanda Road.

Of interest in the area Kandy

  • Royal Botanical garden Peradeniya

    Королевский ботанический сад Перадения в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    Royal Botanic garden Peradeniya (Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens) is the largest and most beautiful Botanical garden in Sri Lanka. On the territory of 60 hectares is a huge amount of exotic plants, with more than 4000: trees, shrubs, flowers, spices. All plants are marked with signs, plus at the entrance is given a colorful map with the individual gardens of the Park and their features, but only in English. A very interesting garden of commemorative trees, i.e. plants, planted the famous and great people of our planet. Try to find trees here, planted by Yuri Gagarin and Nikolai II.

    Arrive in Kandy and visit the Botanical garden is simply impossible. Here even specifically go with other resorts, although it is easiest to visit from Kandy. Read more

    🕐 While working: 10:00 – 17:00, seven days a week.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets cost: adults 1500 INR, children 750

    🚶 How to get there: the Botanical garden is 6 km from the centre of Kandy (Botanical garden on the map). Too far to walk, but easily reachable by bus from the clock tower in 15-20 rupees, go very often. A trip by tuk tuk will cost 700 rupees in a taxi 1500. If time allows, together in the garden you can visit another of the attractions in the area: Pinnawela elephant orphanage, the tea Museum or military cemetery. But all at once in one day to watch will not work.

  • Quick Access To Gadaladeniya Viharaya Temple

    Храм Gadaladeniya Viharaya в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    The name of the temple of Gadaladeniya of Viharaya also written as Galapageia (Galadadeniya). It is an ancient Buddhist temple, built probably in 1344, i.e. almost 700 years ago! Remarkable not only for their age and architecture. It was created in traditional South Indian architectural style architect Ganesvarachari at the invitation of king Bhuvanekabahu IV.

    The temple really looks very ancient and interesting. If you do not hurry with the examination, you can see many interesting details inside and out. In the courtyard of the temple there is a small artificial pond with lotuses. Read more

    🕐 While workingin the daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: donation of 300 rupees.

    🚶 How to get there: located 12 kilometers from Kandy (the temple on the map). It seems that to get here without your own transport difficult, but actually you can do it by bus. Need to take bus No. 644, near the clock tower in Kandy city centre (the fare is 30 rupees) and go to the stop quick access to gadaladeniya Junction. To find out where you go out, ask the driver to tell you about it, showing the name of the temple on a piece of paper. When you go to stop, you need to walk the streets and quick access to gadaladeniya Road one kilometer to the temple.

  • The Embekka Devale Temple

    Храм Embekka Devale в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    Temple Embekke Devali (also Embekke) is a Hindu temple dedicated to the revered Mahasen, king of Sri Lanka who ruled the island in the fourth century. The temple itself dates from the XIV century. Looks from the first glance it is very simple: wooden roof-shed standing on wooden columns. But if you look closely, you can see the architectural features of traditional wood carving. On wooden pillars you can see swans, lions, bulls, elephants and much more. Carved images of more than 120, and each is unique. In a modest room there is the statue of God Kataragama, the Hindu patron of Sri Lanka. Very interesting temple worth visiting. Read more

    🕐 While workingin the daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 300 rupees.

    🚶 How to get there: Located 15 km from Kandy centre in the village Ebekka (the temple on the map). You can take bus No. 643 from the clock tower, the AZ 40 rupees. Despite the short distance, the bus is an hour. You need to go to the intersection Embekka Junction, then 15 minutes on foot.

  • Temple Lankatilake Temple

    Храм Lankatilake Temple в Канди, Шри-Ланка

    The temple of Lankatilaka (Lankatilake Temple) - a beautiful and large temple is both Buddhist and Hindu. Was built in the XIV century, originally as a Buddhist, but over time, there appeared the sanctuary of the God Vishnu, dividing the temple into two parts that co-exist peacefully. Located in a very beautiful place on top of the low cliffs, from the lookout which offers good views of the countryside, rice fields and mountains. The very structure of the temple is quite large, as well as its significance for believers. Sinhala architecture, with admixtures of Indo-Chinese elements. Read more

    🕐 While workingin the daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 300 rupees.

    🚶 How to get there: Located 13 kilometers from the center of Kandy (the temple on the map). Can be reached by bus №644 from the clock tower, the AZ 40 rupees. You need to go to the intersection Lankatilaka Junction, and then 5 minutes walk.

  • Ceylon tea Museum

    Музей чая

    Tea Museum the Ceylon Tea Museum is located in an old tea factory built in 1925. A small exhibition in the Museum of photos and documents, tells the story of the founders cannoy industry in Sri Lanka, Brits James Taylor and Thomas Lipton. But the main thing here is not it, but the production of tea. During the tour tells and shows the process of the appearance hour from the departure and ending with the packaging. Since the founding of the factory there were a lot of old machines which had produced the tea, and they are still in working condition. Ends with a visit to the Museum with tea and a tea shop.

    Tours are conducted in English, unless you are not part of the tour Russian tour operators with English speaking guide. If you haven't managed to visit this Museum in other places of Sri Lanka, make sure you here naiveties.

    Website: www.ceylonteamuseum.com

    🕐 Working time: Tuesday-Saturday 08:30 to 15:45 Sunday 08:30 to 15:00; Monday – closed.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: adults – 800 rupees; children -400

    🚶 How to get: tea Museum is five kilometres from Kandy city center (Museum map). You can only get there by tuk tuk, taxi or rented transport.

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admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
The cultural triangle
Adam's Peak
Forest Sinharaja
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In this topic you can ask questions and discuss travelling to these places. Changes to the guides are appreciated :SUPER ...
Competent 5 January, 2018
Correct though Pinnawella at Pinnawala. In English, too. ...
admin 5 January, 2018

Thanks for noticing. As it turns out, the first time for you to remember and pronounce then. It was also with Polonnaruwa-Polonnaruwa for a long time myself retrained. ...
AMN Oct 10, 2018
Assalamu Alaikum.
I would like to ask. can I find in Sri Lanka Halal food
thank you.
and sorry for the mistakes ...
admin October, 10, 2018

Hello! Yes, I can, but this kitchen is not very widespread. Looking for Muslim hotels, if they operate such restaurants. ...
Павел112244466 11 November, 2018
Here you write "you can still get from Matara to Bandarawela" what kind of bus? What's the number? As he goes ?? If you write a guide, write all the information or just certain. ...
helka November 19, 2018
Good day, tell me whether in Polonnaruwa storage or where to leave bags if you arrive there in the morning, walk around the Ancient city, and then go by bus to Kandy. ...
admin 19 November, 2018

Not sure what injury is there. Rather rather sure that they are not, because there is the entrance and ticket control on-street storage no. Maybe there is something in the office selling tickets, but it is unlikely that the Sri Lankans before this would have thought of. If you really look for a place where to leave things, it is best to railway station so should be storage, as on all other stations. Well, in case you can try to negotiate for a nominal amount of staff offices for the sale of tickets or to go into the first hotel and the clerk to negotiate. The last version working and tested 100%.
And generally I on your place would think if you can master this route without lodging. I can understand if it's a tour or car with driver. But to come in a new strange city, to find a place where to leave your Luggage, find the cashier, to get to the entrance, navigate through the vast territory... besides, you need something to get around distances. Will have to find a tuk-tuk for the whole day. IMHO, knowing how difficult travel in hot countries, I would come in the evening, slept, and bright and early the next day I began to explore the Park. ...
helka December 2, 2018
Thank you very much for the reply. The fact that we were coming and so in the morning, so will spend the night in Dambulla, and was planning to rent a tuk tuk for the whole day.
About things have already booked a cheap guest house, where they leave it at that. )) And I hope the night will be in Kandy, because if you come to Polonnaruwa in 10 hours then to 16 hours the time I think that would be enough to see the most important thing, especially on a tuk tuk. ...
admin December 2, 2018

Well, in principle Yes, 6 hours on a tuk-tuk. Determine for yourself the most important thing to look at. I hope our guide to Polonnaruwa read. ...