Located in the Southern Central part of the island, Kandy is easily accessible by train from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful city is one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist World.
Take a Walk Through the Tea Gardens
Sri Lanka is one of the world’s top producers of tea. Kandy itself has various famous and incredible tea gardens. A few kilometers from Kandy is the Giragama Tea Plantation, where you can take a tour of the factory as well. You can see the production machines and savor the aroma of freshly made tea.
GoFro Tip: Buy tea from the factories in bulk at a great bargain!
Explore the Temple of the Tooth
Also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of Tooth is a Buddhist Temple in Kandy. It houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha, thus the name. It is one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist World. While here, you can see Monks during their daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. The tooth box itself is placed behind a glass window.
GoFro Tip: Adjacent to the temple is the International Buddhist Museum, which showcases the spread of Buddhism around the world.
Go to the Big Buddha
The Big Buddha at the Bahirawakanda Sri Maha Bodhi Temple overlooks all of Kandy. It’shrs a part of a small temple complex so you wouldn’t want to miss checking it out. If not for the religious purpose, this place deserves a visit because of its spectacular view of Kandy from the top.
GoFro Tip: Take a tuk-tuk up to the top of the hill because it is quite a climb up.
Visit the Royal Botanical Garden
One of the most impressive ones, Kandy’s botanical garden is located 5 km west of the city center. With more than 4,00 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees, this garden attracts over 2 million tourists per year!
GoFro Tip: Do not miss the orchid area because that’s the most famous part of the garden.
Check out the Spice Garden
There are several spice gardens in the Kandy area. Ask your taxi driver to take you to one of these as they would know where the good ones are. You can learn about different spices and plants like cinnamon, cardamom, clove, aloe vera, etc. The guide will take you around and explain everything, which is quite interesting.
GoFro Tip: Take a few of these spices home to revisit your Kandy memories each time you cook.
See a Traditional Dance Performance
The traditional Kandyan Dance shows happens every night in the city and is spectated by tourists from all over the world. Once performed by men, today it is performed by both men and women. The dance has various forms, called ves, uddeki, and vannam.
GoFro Tip: Stick around to the end to watch the performers walk barefoot on hot coals!
Take a Walk Around Kandy Lake
Located in the heart of Kandy, next to the Temple of the Tooth, the Kandy Lake is the most iconic places in the entire city. This man-made lake was built in 1807 by the former King of Sri Lanka. It is a 2-mile walk around the lake. There are several peaceful spots to sit and overlook the river and the Temple.
GoFro Tip: Also, visit the Royal Summer House on the island inside the lake, with its palm trees and bamboo thickets.
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