KANDY CITY TOUR
Introduction to Kandy City Tour
The Great City (“Maha Nuwara”) is the name of the heritage city of the central province; we all know it as the Kandy city, which is located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The city is surrounded by beautiful hills, which are enriched by tropical plantations. Kandy was the capital city of the Sri Lankan Kings until the country was taken by the British in 1815. The last king to rule this fascinating city was Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. The ideal time to visit Kandy is in August as it is the season of the Kandy Perehara, which is the most colorful festival in Kandy. For 10 days, the city celebrates this event with whip crackers, dancers, elephants, and drummers.
- The Kandy city tour starts in your hotel we will pick you up and take you to the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) first. It is a very sacred and important place for any Buddhist person in the world. It is the enshrined location of the left canine tooth of Gautama Buddha. It was named a world heritage by UNESCO in 1988.
- Right next to the Dalada Maligawa is the Kandy Lake, which is known by the locals as the Kiri Muhuda (“Sea of Milk”). It is in the heart of the city which was built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1807 is an artificial lake. Over the years, the size was reduced; however, it is a protected lake, where fishing is banned. It is a place to have a relaxing walk.
- The next destination of your Kandy city tour is the Bahirawakanda Temple, situated on the hill of Bahirawakanda, is named Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya, and is well known for its giant Buddha statue. The statue is visible from anywhere within Kandy city.
- After visiting Bahirawakanda, we will take you to the Kandy viewpoint which compromises a Fabulous view of Kandy city. It should be included in any Kandy day tour itinerary.
- Following the viewpoint, our next destination is the local market; it is a public municipal market that is situated in the center of the city. The market consists of two floors with a central inner courtyard.
- Upcoming destination is the National Gems and Gemmological Museum, which Is an educational destination as it provides an A to Z knowledge about the Sri Lankan archeological history dating back to 4.6 billion years. In addition, the museum consists of some of the rarest minerals in the world.
- Next off, we are heading to the tea factory. As you know Sri Lanka is very famous for its tea, hence visiting a tea factory is a necessity. Here you will be educated about the tea manufactory from the tea plucking to the grinding of the leaf.
- Afterwards, we will head to the gorgeous location known as the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens; it is 147 acres of beauty with over 4000 types of plants. Situated about 5.5 km away from Kandy city. It is a peaceful and calming piece of land with the great Mahaweli River Running through it.
- Our final destination would be the Kandy Cultural Dance Show; it is a stunning Stimulation of Sri Lankan dance, arts, and cultural heritage. It is a show you should not miss; it is organized by the Kandy Lake club dance ongoing since 1982. Its basic goal is to bring all the Sri Lankan dances onto a single stage.
- After the dance show (if there were time left, we would take you to the Kandy shopping complex for you to shop for souvenirs.) We will take you back to the hotel. Then, your Kandy city tour will end.