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Experiences in Kandy

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Explore the heritage of Sri Lanka’s last kingdom

The island’s last royal capital, which withstood two tumultuous centuries before finally succumbing to British colonial rule in 1818, Kandy is a must-visit location in Sri Lanka for anyone interested in exploring the country’s culture and history. We have put together a range of unique experiences in and around Kandy which allow travelers to connect intimately to Kandy’s fascinating past and explore its vibrant present.

Take our guided tour of Kandy town, passing through the lively local markets on the way to the magnificent Temple of the Tooth, after which you can rest and relax at the historic Queen’s Hotel with a cup of Ceylon tea. We also offer a guided tour of the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, and a visit to the nearby Kadugannawa Tea Factory.

Head further afield from Kandy town centre and there is still plenty to sink your teeth into. Go on a nature walk around an extensive plantation followed by a typical planter’s lunch; learn about the part elephants play in Sri Lanka’s culture at the Millenium Elephant Foundation; explore the Buddhist temples in Gampola which are filled with stunning examples of Kandyan art; visit the home of a local batik artist, or take the train into the Hill Country, one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. If you’re looking for something more rigorous, try out the half-day trek in the Knuckles Mountain Range.

Hosted Experiences

Allow your guide to take you on a circular tour of Sri Lanka’s largest botanical gardens, which are the finest of their kind in Asia.

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Start your experience with an invigorating glass of fresh juice, after which you’ll embark on a 45-minute hike around the farm with a planter.

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The artistic and philosophical among you will love this wholesome visit to the home of a talented and reclusive artist and his daughter.

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Visit the Millenium Elephant Foundation to learn about the part elephants play in Sri Lankan culture and the difficulties of this.

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This walk can last anywhere between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours and covers some of the 45 acre-plantation’s most beautiful spots.

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Your host’s captivating collection dates back to 1985, and expresses both diversity of subject and location within Sri Lanka.

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This tour combines visits to the three 14th century Buddhist temples in this area – Embekke Devale, Lankatilaka and Galadeniya Viharaya.

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After an elaborate, traditional Sri Lankan lunch (comprising 25 separate dishes), look around this prominent batik workshop.

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Explore some of the renowned local sites in Kandy including the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy town and lake with an experienced host by foot.

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Explore the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka's most sacred temple, and learn about its historical and cultural significance with your guide.

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Explore Kandy on this guided walk and visit numerous local sites including the sacred Temple of the Tooth and learn about Kandy’s colorful history.

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Individual Experiences

One of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, this rail ride provides spectacular views of the hill country.

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Especially if you are not planning on heading into Sri Lanka’s hills, a visit to the Kadugannawa Tea Factory is essential.

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Let your guide bring this temple to life with his stories about the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

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Walk the streets of Kandy with your guide, perhaps visiting the local market or the Temple of the Tooth on the way, depending on your interests.

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This exclusive performance of traditional Kandyan dance is held in the privacy of your hotel restaurant over dinner.

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Experience timeless colonial charm on the most luxurious train carriage in the country, which has vintage décor and sumptuous amenities.

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Start the day at 6am, where your guide will drive you 1.5 hours into the mountains to start your 14km trek through this stunning environment.

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