Things to do in Kandy

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Things to Do in Kandy

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  • Kipkem H
    19 contributions
    Visited here with a guide (which is strongly recommended) during April 2022. The guide was good but difficult to understand during the ceremonies (which were crowded and loud) which we happen to catch. This lessened the experience of visiting. Did not help that the weather was very warm and we were still jet-lagged.
    A must see however recommend visiting here after visiting the Buddhist Museum as you can better appreciate what is in the Temple of the Sacred Tooth.
    Written 29 April 2022
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  • niroshan e
    Sri Lanka25 contributions
    Udawattakele / Royal Forest of Kandy is just 15 minutes drive from Kandy city and it is famous for avifauna. It opens at 8am and closes at 5pm. You have to buy a ticket to enter the forest and carrying plastic items are prohibited. There are three meditation centers situated within the forest but needs permission to enter. Udawattakele has shaded foot pathways. The information center is situated at other end of the forest. It is better to some leech repellents in a wet day. There is a view point at Udawattakele where Kandy city is visible. Giant Liana is a common finding at this forest.
    Written 18 September 2021
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  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, UK5,251 contributions
    In a prominent position overlooking the city this buddha is visible from practically everywhere. It is therefore no surprise that from the very top of the monument accessed via steps are wonderful views in all directions, principally over the city and the lake. 250 rupees to enter, shoes off as it is a temple, a secure shoe store for a donation or leave them on the steps. Not the cleanest of steps, and the temple grounds themselves could do with some work but the view is worth the effort. A long uphill walk from town, a journey up and down by tuk tuk should be no more than 500 rupees, $2.50,
    Written 14 February 2022
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  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, UK5,251 contributions
    A purpose built viewing area beside the road large enough for a large group to gather but always relatively quiet when we passed. As it is just a viewpoint there is no charge, very good views over the lake towards the Temple of the Tooth complex of several buildings.
    Written 14 February 2022
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  • LordRay
    Kristianstad, Sweden51 contributions
    Very interesting visit. Takes about 5 min to walk from the temple. The cemetery is being handled by a non-profit organization. When we visited there were two older gentleman that gave us a little tour. All is free - but please give em a little contribution for their effort!
    Written 10 March 2020
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  • Kai Wah
    Malaysia2,782 contributions
    The temple was built by King Bhuvanekabahu IV in 14th century with details and embellishments of Kandy era culture, which can be seen from the patterns at the roof of the temple especially the motif with twin cranes. The temple was built in top of a massive rock. It is still a functional temple with worshippers which we saw the local devotees who came here and did chanting by a monk. We also saw a group of school children came to this temple as study excursion. Entrance fee of LKR300 for a short visit of 30-45 mins with some understanding of Kandy Kingdom culture.
    Written 16 March 2020
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  • Murtaza P
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates27 contributions
    Must visit if you want to see tea plantations in Kandy. the factory , musuem is about okay but the surrounding tea fields are very picturesque.

    good photography point if you would just go down couple of bends from the factory
    Written 13 September 2019
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  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, UK5,251 contributions
    A pleasant focal point in the centre of the city with the complex of buildings that is the Temple of the Tooth and the Palace on one side preventing traffic circumnavigating the whole lake. Nothing exceptional photogenically or architecturally it is just pleasant. In most cities it would be even more striking and welcome amongst an expanse of concrete, but Kandy is so green and tree filled a lake feels quite normal.
    Written 14 February 2022
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  • Bryan H
    Alicante, Spain79 contributions
    A beautiful resting place for young men who died in war. So many of them in their early 20's.

    Many are buried here far from their homes in East Africa, UK, Canada, Australia and even Italy.

    A reminder of the wastefulness of war, and the loss as we watch another one unfold in Ukraine. Will we never learn?

    Lest we forget... 💜
    Written 16 March 2022
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  • Kipkem H
    19 contributions
    As a person who has visited Buddhist Temples through out other parts of Asia, this museum offered a comprehensive view of Buddhism of Asia. The exhibits were detailed (though a little repetitive) of Buddhism in various countries in Asia. Everything from the representation of the Buddha, the different schools of Buddhism and some differences in practices. Well worth visiting before visiting the Sacred Temple of the Tooth.
    Written 29 April 2022
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  • ford frank
    7 contributions
    it was really nice to visit sri Lankan culture show ,, amazing elephant well trained ,, bit too crowded ,, we did enjoy a lot to talking to local people ,, they are really nice .. we will visit again sri Lanka
    Written 13 August 2019
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  • Sung K
    2 contributions
    I dopped by for a quick info on directions and met the Tourist Information Officer, Dinusha. She was super helpful in planning my trip to Sigirya for a day trip. She worked well beyond her office hours and ensured everything was ready for me. My driver was Manjula who was amazing. He organized the drive so we would have enough time to see other site on the way back to Kandy.

    My original plan was to take the bus from Kandy to Ella, but after speaking with both Dinusha and Manju separately, I decided to go by private car. As the trains from Kandy to Ella weren't operation due to a landslide I was disappointed I would miss out on one of the hightlight of Sri Lanka.. Manju took a route had amazing vistas and wild spices growing on the side of the road. The took us through a vallley, and multiple tea plantations. Saw some cool waterfalls.and dined like a local on roadside places.
    Written 17 November 2021
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  • MikeJuliya
    Colombo, Sri Lanka644 contributions
    one of well constructed main stadium in Kandy and Central Province.
    Nothing to watch other than the cricket match.
    Written 7 February 2021
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  • Graham J
    Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka3 contributions
    Impressive. Not top drawer. A must but won’t be blown away. Steps up in hot humid weather a real effort.
    Written 8 February 2020
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  • Richard B
    1 contribution
    January 2022

    The hike starts at the Tea Factory and the trail is easy to follow for the most part. At one point (behind the last tea plantation at the Natural Reservate sign) we took a wrong turn. Here you have to take the path on the right. The trails are a bit overgrown.

    The way up took 2 hours and the way down 1 hour. The view at the top was amazing. If you want to go to the summit of the mountain, you have to climb a bit. This is not for everyone, but you will have a nice view regardless.
    Written 8 January 2022
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