A walking tour of Kandy town and tea at the Queen’s hotel – Kandy
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Kandy Market is the central retain and wholesale market for the city and surrounding areas. This walk takes you through the city center and into the central market. One of the most interesting aspects of this walk is the contrast of people, religions and ethnicities you encounter in Kandy, all living in perfect chaotic harmony. A church sits in the vicinity of the Temple of the Tooth, side by side with a Kovil and the great Red Mosque. The market itself is full of weird and wonderful vegetables, fruits and spices, and is – as you would expect – noisy and smelly! The early morning is the best time to visit when the fish, vegetables and other goods are fresh and the morning sun shines through the stalls.
EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION: Your guide will park the car and walk through Kandy’s streets with you. He will show you the vegetable, meat and fish markets and walk along the main streets of Kandy ending / or starting at the Queens Hotel. This visit is very much tailored to your interests and to the time you have. Nothing is set in stone. The walk could be a 30 minute walk or a 1.30 minute walk. Kandy is safe, but still keep your valuables, as streets are sometimes congested with pedestrians. If you are walking with small children hold their hand. Appreciate the hustle and bustle, and the madness of it all around you. Your guide will attempt to make sense of it all for you. The walk will finish up with a cup of tea at the historic Queen’s Hotel.
Includes: Tea at the Queen’s hotel, water, cool towel, and umbrella if necessary.
Duration: 1 hours.
Difficulty: Moderate – we rank it moderate as there are many uneven steps and it can be very crowded and sweaty.
What to wear or bring along: A camera for sure. Light clothes. Leave your valuables in the safe. Bring a little money. Note this is not the place to buy antiques or gems.