Tree Of Life

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Yahalatenna Barigama, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Hotel Tree of Life
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 67% more and rated 13% lower than other 3 star hotels

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  • Families50
  • Couples54
  • Solo50
  • Business100

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Forum Posts

Travel tups to Kandy

by lucylex


My fiance and I are travelling around Sri Lanka and want to get to Kandy from Kalamatiya, which is close to Tangalle. We are open to train travel or car hire but want to do the quickest as we would like to spend some quality time in Kandy but have only one night there.

Any suggestions?



Re: Travel tips to Kandy

by erikdr

Hi Lucy,

Would be quite an interesting train climbing up the mountains between Wellawaya and Ella ;-)

According to

the distance is about 275 km. That's 6-7 hours drive, matching with our experiences. Price for one-way taxi rides is around Rs 60-70 per km so won't come cheaply...

All the best,

& [Sandya]

Re: Travel tups to Kandy

by lucylex

Thanks for your quick reply, I appreciate you getting back to me.


Re: Travel tups to Kandy

by HansDK

You can take a bus from Tangalle to Matara. Will only cost a few Rupees.

From Matara there is one daily train to Kandy via Colombo. Departure Matara 13:10 - arrival Kandy 20:58. One way 2nd class is LKR 420 per person.

Re: Travel tups to Kandy

by erikdr

Agree with Hans, BUT depends on when you're traveling.

The train stretch Matara-Galle will be closed down 'soon' (early April?) for 7+ months due to track upgrades. After that same for Galle-Aluthgama.

All the best,

& [Sandya]

Re: Travel tups to Kandy

by shawnbrito

Yeah, Agreed with HansDK, you can get 1 Direct Train from Matara to Kandy (provided they don't close down the rail-track),

The other option is to take a bus from KalaMetiya to Bandarawela early morning. And catch the train from Bandarawela to Kandy. The following is the train schedule from Bandarawela (Ariving @ 10:20am)

Podi Menike -NO.1006.Fast. [Bandar 10:20am] -> [Kandy 4:10pm]

Travel Tips for Kandy

River of Kandy

by daryll

During your journey onwards or inwards of Kandy, you definitely pass one of the most important river which regularly used by the locals to do their laundry. We stop over and took some pictures and at least feeling the fresh cool water flowing from the Kandy hills. The shy ladies were quite fascinated to see us and greeted us meanwhile they continue singing while washing their clothes. I felt like doing a documentary film on them.

Mosquitoes and the Weather

by PierreZA

Travel as light as possible, especially if you want to use public transport between cities It can be Rainy and Cool in Kandy Mosquito repellent
The Hotel did supply coils for the room during the evening

Sigiriya the Bible Mountain

by daryll

The rock fortress Sigiriya, rises some 600 feet above the scrub jungle plain in the north central part of Sri Lanka. It is this very feature that drove young prince Kasyapa, after killing his father King Dhatusena, by entombing him alive, to this lonely rock in the jungle to hide from his older brother who was gathering an army to retake the throne. Kasyapa while in self imposed exile made his new kingdom as liveable and pleasant as possible by surrounding himself with his loyal followers, and for his personal enjoyment, what could only be described as "pinups". These frescos are to this day preserved in a grotto in the sheer west face of the rock.

The top of the rock in itself is a marvel of agro-engineering. About 3 acres in area, every square foot was utilized. Bathing pools were cut out of living rock and every drop of (rain) water was used and re-used. Sigiriya (lion's throat) was so named because the visitors had to go through the throat of a lion to get to the top of the rock.

Kandy Esala Perahera

by Hanniexxx

This is by far the most amazing festival you will ever see. The atmosphere is amazing and worth the hustle and bustle to see. The final night is the climax of the whole celebrations when Buddahs Tooth Relic is paraded down the road on the top of the "Tusker" elephant. There are large flaming lanterns, music, dancers and everything all in one place. When I saw the final parade, My family and I got to the centre of the action as we were on the pavement with all the locals, instead of the pre-booked seats for tourists "Boring!". It makes the whole atmosphere come alive when you are squashed against people you have never seenbefore in you life although it is a good idea to watch your pockets! I would highly recommend visiting Kandy at this time although you have to book well, well in advance and the prices are often muchmore expensive, but it is worth it!

Kandy Lake

by freya_heaven

The Lake in the centre of Kandy is beautiful, It is a lovely sights to see & very unusual for such a large open area in the centre of a big town.

It was built in 1807 by Sri Wickrama Rajasinha, who was the last ruler of the Kindom of Kandy. Feelings about the lake have not always been positive by the locals, apparently people who objected when the lake was being built were put on stakes & drowned in the lake!..........Nice!

The Island in the centre was built & used as a harem buy Sri Wickrama Rajasinha, It is possible to have boat trips on the lake.


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