Kandy Things to Do

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    Arena Cinema

    by jo104 Written Jan 27, 2014

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    It is very strange that in a big city like Kandy where there are many English speakers that they do not have English cinema. There are several cinemas showing Sinhala movies, this one shows Hindi movies with English subtitles. I saw the Boss starring Akshay Kumar it was hilarious with lots of Bollywood dancing. The Bollywood movies tend to be a lot longer this one was 2hrs 20 minutes with an interval break.

    The cinema was virtually deserted and the seats are a bit uncomfortable like school lecture theatre. The toilets are squat toilets so if you don’t fancy that skip the coke.

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    Royal Botanical Gardens

    by jo104 Written Jan 27, 2014

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    This is about 6km outside of Kandy city and has the most amazing selection of orchids in their greenhouse. The gardens are not huge but they are rather pretty and there is one large tea where thousands of bats nest and it’s the middle of the day. There is the cannonball tree planted by King George V and Queen Mary

    The gardens are the royal gardens and the story dates back to 1371 when King Wickrambahu III ruled. A temple was built here during King Wimala Dharma’s time but the Brits destroyed it when they took over control of Kandy. The gardens were established in 1843 by the British bringing plants from Kew gardens, Slave Island in Colombo and from Kalutara. During WWII it was used as headquarters for the SE Asia Command. Many dignatries have planted trees most recently Prince Charles of the UK.

    The gardens open at 8am and close at 5.30pm daily tickets for Adults are LKR600, children and students LKR300

    There is 2 eating places inside one is a bit more posh.

    This is usually a stop included in a tuk tuk tour, see my transport recommendation for Toga Kandy Tours tuk tuk he is really great and has good reviews on tripadvisor.

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  • Victoria Dam half day driving trip from Kandy

    by AnnieMAloney Written Nov 13, 2013

    Today we took the time to travel out to the Dam by car. It's about 20km south of Kandy. This feat of engineering was completed in the late 70's and the museum on the south side is located high above the dam giving a wonderful vista of the dam, lake and topography. The drive out takes you through villages which are less commercial. We saw waterfalls, brick making, logging, Hindu temples, a funeral and unspoilt jungle areas where cultivation is difficult. The road is excellent for much of the route having been upgraded during the building works and since. The dam museum is secured by guards in a well maintained garden and the photostops and vews are fantastic as you drive there and on arrival. It has a decaying display of photos which badly need restoration but they show how important the dam has been to power generation and irrigation in the region. It's sleepy in arrival, it looked like we were the first people to visit in days. The conveniences and facilities were neglected so don't expect too much on that front. Donation only no charge to enter.

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    Kandyan Spice Grove

    by jo104 Written Jul 22, 2013

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    I had never been to a spice garden in the whole year and a half of being in Sri Lanka, so when I asked Toga to take me only the best would do for me. We visited Kandyan Spice Grove and I found it really interesting at the end of the session you receive a leaflet of all the various uses of herbs and natural plants.

    Carolyn and myself got a really nice massage at the end of the product discussion although perhaps I would suggest to the ladies to wear their bikinis.

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  • Oakray Woodcarvings

    by karenpnz Written Jul 10, 2013

    On the surface this is a wood carving centre and store. But in reality it is a rip off. They show you the wood carving process which is interesting but do not buy anything from this store as the prices are hugely inflated. For example the price for one item was 12800 rupees. What they do is they then discount hugely so you think you are getting a good price. I haggled to 5000 rupees. Once I had made my purchase I was then told by a local the real price should have been 2000-2500 rupees. It's a scam and the sales people are well practised. Tour guides and tuk tuk drivers take unsuspecting tourists here to rip them off and get huge commissions - up to 50% which means at best you will be paying double the price you should pay. When I confronted them about this scam after I found out they didn't reply to me. Avoid this place like the plague and their other branch in Sigiriya.

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    Charming Lankatilaka Temple

    by abi_maha Written Feb 19, 2013
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    At the outskirts of Kandy town, youwill find this unique Buddhist temple built of stone, brick, and lime plaster. Lankatilaka Temple was first built in 1344 during the rein of King Buvanekabahu IV. This temple is built on a large, uneven outcropping, forcing the builders to construct off an uneven foundation, however the scenerey behind makes for a lovely backdrop. Originally, the temple was built in four stories and rose some 25 meters. Now, the temple only has a section of the first floor covered with a tiled wooden roof. The "dragon arch" main entrance, which faces east, is accessed from a long stone stairway leading from the village at the base of the rock. The large white Stupa outside is also wonderful and had a very calming effect on us. A small plac, but we easily spent a couple of hours soaking in the atmosphere.
    Outside the entrance are some souvenier shops that are nice. We particularly recommend the wooden crafts store outside where you can buy some Srilankan artifacts & masks at a very good price.

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    Ancient Gadaladeniya Temple

    by abi_maha Written Feb 19, 2013
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    Gadaladeniya Temple is located at Pilimathalawa, Kandy. It is located on a small hilltop and is easily accessible by car. Gadaladeniaya Temple was build by king Wickramabahu in 1344 during the Gampola Kingdom time. The temple architecture seems similar to what we see in South of India, there are smaller temples within the complex. The frescoes and paintings within are wonderful, while they retain the charm that ancient buildings have. When we visited there were hardly any ther folks here, striking a contrast tot the tooth relic temple. We felt really at peace here and loved the ambience

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    Visit the botanical garden

    by abi_maha Written Feb 19, 2013
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    The botanical garden in Kandy is quite good, but the entrance fee is high at SLR 1500 pp. The orchid garden is a small green house at one corner, the palm grove/walk is nice (see pic). We spent quite a bit of our time around the pond- it housed many monitor lizards and birds including the paradise fly catcher. All in all a good 2-3 hours trip, but expect nothing spectacular and the restaurant within has a decent menu for lunch.

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    Pinawella Elephant orphanage

    by h.ghabra Written Oct 29, 2012

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    Located in Pinawella ( On the way to kandy ).. you can see how they take care of the elephants here..
    every day at 8:30 and 10 :30 am , they take the elephants to the close river for a bath... try not to miss that !
    tickets are 2000 Rbs for foreigners and 100 only for locals.... buy your ticket yourself...

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    Viewpoint

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Jan 20, 2012

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    The night saw us at one of the highest roads in Kandy above the lake for a night view of the famous city from the Viewpoint. It was a fascinating sight to see the city as a carpet of lights spread out in all its splendour. A nearby statue of the Buddha, with a hooded cobra providing shelter, was the perfect backdrop.

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    House of Orchids

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Jan 20, 2012

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    As you go round the grounds, you’ll come across the House of Orchids. This is simply a riot of colours and orchids. There is an artificial lake with water plants in the centre of the lake. Near it stands a white circular dome-like structure commemorating one of the most famous Superintendents of the Park, George Gardener (1844-1849).

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    Royal Botanical Gardens

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Jan 20, 2012

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    Our next stop was the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya (pera=guava; deniya=plain) locality, known for its huge open spaces, fantastic collection of orchids, palm tree-lined roads, spices and medicinal plants, truly a walkers' paradise. It dates back to 1371 when King Wickramabahu III held court at Peradeniya near the Mahaweli river (Great Sandy River). It was formally established in 1843 by the British. You can’t miss the Avenue of Palms. Also, watch out for a tree which may well beat the Leaning Tower of Pisa in its defiance of the laws of gravity. As you go round the grounds, you’ll come across the house of orchids. This is simply a riot of colours and orchids. There is an artificial lake with water plants in the centre of the lake. Near it stands a white circular dome-like structure commemorating one of the most famous Superintendents of the Park, George Gardener (1844-1849).

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    Kandy War Cemetery of World War II

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Jan 20, 2012

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    While returning to town, we stopped at the Kandy War Cemetery of World War II, a place largely forgotten by the normal tourist, where 203 burials had taken place (107 British, 6 Canadians, 23 Indians, 26 Ceylonese, 35 East Africans, 1 French and 3 Italians – as per the plaque). The plaque goes on to add that Ceylon was strategically placed not only owing to the sea route but more importantly, the fall of Singapore. It is a sombre place, well maintained through funds received from the United Kingdom. The tombs are well laid out and a walk through the grounds reveals that quite a few of the fallen soldiers were barely 23 or 24 years old. It truly makes you wonder about the futility of war and the fact that we humans have not yet learnt that in war there are no winners. All are losers.

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    Wrought-Iron Fountain

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Jan 20, 2012

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    After you have had your fill of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, exit from where you had parked your vehicle. Just there you will see a wrought-iron fountain, typically British. For a moment, the pedestal on which it stands and the fountain itself may remind you of Picadilly Circus, London. You will find quite a few persons lolling around, using the pedestal as a bench.

    At the bottom of the fountain you can read this inscription:

    ‘Erected by the coffee planters of Ceylon in commemoration of the visit of H.R.H the Prince of Wales to Kandy. December 1875’

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    Kandy Cultural Show - II

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Jan 18, 2012

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    The highlight of the evening was the Fire Walking Show. A shallow pit, roughly 7 feet long by 3 feet wide was littered with red-hot charcoal. The artists then walked through this fire pit, unharmed. It was fiery, it was daring, it was thrilling. A bar attached to the hall had raised everybody’s spirit.

    To quote from the handout:

    “The origin of fire walking can be traced back to the epic story of Rama and Sita. Ravana, the King of Ceylon, had abducted the princess Sita from India. When Rama her husband (an Indian King) regained her, she proved her chastity during her enforced stay with Ravana, by walking on fire barefoot-unhurt. The devotees who perform fire-walking seek the divine blessings of Lord Kataragama and Goddess Pattini before they do so.”

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