Luxury Kandy Holidays & Tours 2024/2025
The Jewel of Sri Lanka
The island's last royal capital and the last Sinhalese kingdom, Kandy is central to the history of Sri Lanka and home to many cultural gems. It is a must-see location if you are interested in experiencing the country's culture and history. We create tailor-made tours in and around Kandy for you to connect intimately with Kandy's interesting past and explore its vibrant prestent!
Kandy is home to the world-famous Temple of the Tooth, which houses the sacered tooth relic of Buddha himself. Lose yourself in the bustling streets filled with colorful markets, where the aroma of exotic spices mingles with the sound of traditional drummers. Explore lush botanical gardens, tranquil lakes, and lush green hills that surround this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Whether you seek spiritual enlightenment, cultural immersion, or simply a taste of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, Kandy promises an unforgettable journey into the soul of the island.
Things to do and see in Kandy
Temple of the Tooth
Nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Kandy, the Temple of the Tooth stands as a testament to centuries of spiritual devotion and cultural heritage. Enshrining what is believed to be a sacred relic of Lord Buddha – a tooth rescued from his funeral pyre – this revered temple is the spiritual heart of the island nation. Its intricate architecture, adorned with intricate carvings and vibrant paintings, reflects the rich tapestry of Sri Lankan craftsmanship and religious significance.
Devotees and visitors alike flock to witness the daily rituals and ceremonies that pay homage to the revered relic, enveloping the temple in an aura of reverence and tranquility. Surrounded by serene gardens and overlooked by mist-clad hills, the Temple of the Tooth offers not only a glimpse into the island's past but also a profound spiritual experience that resonates with visitors from across the globe.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The enchanting Royal Botanical Gardens are a horticultural wonderland that captivates visitors with its lush beauty and botanical diversity. Spread across 147 acres, these meticulously manicured gardens date back to the early 19th century when they were established by the British colonial administration. Today, they showcase a breathtaking array of tropical flora from around the world.
Wander along winding pathways lined with towering palms, vibrant orchids, and fragrant spice trees, each corner revealing new delights for the senses. From the serene tranquility of the Japanese garden to the exotic allure of the orchid house, the Royal Botanical Gardens offer a sanctuary for nature lovers and a feast for the eyes.
Kandy Town beckons travelers with its enchanting blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Steeped in legend, this ancient city exudes an irresistible charm that lures visitors from around the globe.
Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets lined with colonial-era buildings, bustling markets, and aromatic street food stalls, where the rhythmic beat of traditional drums mingles with the tantalizing scent of spices. Explore the rich tapestry of Kandyan arts and crafts, from intricate wood carvings to vibrant handloom textiles, or simply savor a moment of serenity by the tranquil shores of Kandy Lake.
With its vibrant festivals, captivating cultural performances, and warm hospitality, Kandy Town offers a sensory journey like no other, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of Sri Lanka's cultural capital.
Knuckles Mountain Range
The Knuckles Mountain Range emerges as a breathtaking natural masterpiece, captivating adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Named for its resemblance to a clenched fist, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts a rugged terrain of mist-shrouded peaks, cascading waterfalls, and verdant forests teeming with biodiversity. Trekking through the winding trails, you are treated to panoramic vistas of rolling hills, deep valleys, and hidden villages that dot the landscape.
Home to a rich tapestry of flora and fauna, including rare orchids, endemic birds, and elusive mammals, the Knuckles Mountain Range offers a sanctuary for wildlife and a haven for those seeking solace in nature's embrace. Whether scaling the heights of its towering summits or meandering along its meandering streams, a journey through the Knuckles promises an unforgettable adventure through one of Sri Lanka's most pristine and picturesque landscapes.
Train ride from Kandy to the Tea Country
Embark on a mesmerizing journey from the historic city of Kandy to the picturesque tea country, where every twist and turn of the railway unveils a new chapter of Sri Lanka's scenic beauty. As the train departs from Kandy station, travellers are treated to panoramic views of lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, and emerald-green tea plantations that carpet the hillsides.
The rhythmic chug of the locomotive sets the pace for a leisurely ride through mist-clad mountains, passing quaint villages and verdant forests along the way. Gaze out from the window as the landscape unfolds like a vibrant tapestry, dotted with colorful temples, terraced fields, and bustling markets. Whether sipping on a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon tea in the onboard dining car or simply soaking in the breathtaking vistas from the open-air observation deck, a train journey from Kandy to the tea country offers an unforgettable experience.
Best time to visit Kandy
The best time to visit Kandy is during the dry season, which typically runs from December to April. During this time, you can expect sunny days, minimal rainfall, and comfortable temperatures, making it ideal for exploring the city's attractions and enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, sightseeing, and attending cultural events.
However, if you're interested in experiencing Kandy's famous Esala Perahera festival, which usually takes place in July or August, you might consider visiting during that time despite it being in the wet season. This vibrant festival celebrates Buddhism and features colorful processions, traditional dances, and ornately decorated elephants parading through the streets of Kandy.
Overall, the dry season offers the most reliable weather for exploring Kandy and its surroundings, but any time of year can offer unique experiences depending on your interests and preferences.
Sample itineraries including Kandy
Our sample itineraries will show you suggestions for what you can do, see, and the best places to stay while travelling in Kandy.
If you like the look of any of these below, let us know and we can completely tailor-make your trip so it is totally unique to you!