Weekend Gateway : Things to do in Kandy
Surrounded by beautiful tea plantations and mountains, located in the heart of Sri Lanka, Kandy is the second largest city of the island, about a 3-hour drive from Colombo. We stayed in this cute beautiful town for 2 days and we loved it! Here’re our top things to do in Kandy:
Walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens near Kandy
Located 6 km away from the city, Royal Botanical Gardens was one of the most beautiful gardens we ever visited. Here you can find an enormous variety of flowers, trees and bushes as well as some monkeys and flying foxes. The entry fee is 1100 rupees ($5), there’s a lot of young people walking around and we actually enjoyed visiting this place more than we thought we would. They have a Memorial Garden where a lot of famous people such as Queen Mary or Gandhi have planted trees. If you want to spend a day surrounded by nature this is the place!
Visit the beautiful Temples in Kandy
Temple of the Tooth
Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as Temple of the Tooth, is a beautiful Buddhist Temple in Kandy, highly visited by monks, where many rituals take place throughout the day. There, you can see the tooth box behind a glass window and usually it gets really busy, so we recommend going as early as possible to avoid crowds.
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue
Located 1,5 km away from the city
Take a walk and relax by Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake is located in the heart of Kandy, right next to the Temple of the Tooth and it’s the most iconic place in the entire city. The scenery is pretty, there’s a lot of trees around the lake and you can find a lot of different bird species living there. Right in the middle of the lake there’s even an island and you can find several peaceful spots perfect to just sit and stare at the river.
Have a meal in one of these restaurants
Food is one of the reasons we love to explore a new country, so here are our recommendations for Kandy:
- Balaji Dosai ( Vegetarian)
- Sri Krishna Dosai (Vegetarian)
- World Spice – KCC ( Food court – Italian, Indian, Chinese & Sri Lankan)
- Licensed to Grill
Take a beautiful train ride
Take the train through the green tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya or Ella and get mesmerized by the surroundings. We didn’t get the chance to this (since rented a Tuk Tuk) but this train ride has been mentioned as one of the most beautiful train routes in the world! So why not?
We highly recommend you this train ride! It will cost you around 400 Sri Lankan rupees ($2,50) and it takes 4 hours to Nuwara Eliya and 7 hours to Ella.
Where to stay in Kandy ?
We stayed at The Radh hotel and we couldn’t be happier with our choice! If you’re looking for accommodation we recommend you to in the city centre or around the lake, so you can go everywhere by foot.
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