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Kandy Things to Do

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  • Arena Cinema

    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...

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  • Royal Botanical Gardens

    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 MaryThe gardens are the royal gardens...

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  • Victoria Dam half day driving trip from...

    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...

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Kandy Restaurants

  • Chinese but no garden

    There is only a terraced area no actual garden at this restaurant but it has a fairly nice view and quite stylish. Finding licensed restaurants in kandy can be a bit hard to find so the ones that are usually are fairly busy with tourists. We came to enjoy a few beers with Albert Kumar Rochet from solidestinations travel he runs Eco friendly tours...

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  • Botanical Garden cafe

    The atmosphere is quite nice located on the side of the big circle where the Javan fig tree is the main attraction being the largest tree sort of like an umbrella. This is run by the Royal Mall group I cannot comment on the food as we did not eat here. They offer a rice and curry buffet which includes soup and dessert coffee tea for lkr800 or menu...

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  • Food Court

    There are several chains of Royal Mall in kandy the food is designed for takeaway but at this establishment there is also a food court. We both ate from the set menu for LKR600 and enjoyed a dinner of vegetable fried rice with a spicy deviled chicken, fried egg (which was a bit rubbery) vegetable chocuey and chilli paste. A very acceptable meal....

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Kandy Nightlife

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  • 80's Night

    It's a members only club but you are able to go in as a guest by paying Rs. 50. It's quiet most days but Friday and Saturday nights there's some good 80's music being played there. (Only Place in Kandy where you can listen to some good retro) The members are very friendly and the Food and Drinks are good and cheap. * There's a pool table. * Giant...

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  • a traditional sri lankan wedding

    While Kandy sleeps, we managed to spend a night enjoying a traditional sri lankan wedding. it took place in the ballroom of the hotel suisse where we were staying, and everyone was allowed to watch from the balcony: we enjoyed some intriguing rituals were the bride, groom and family lit a special lamp, we saw real kandyan dancers, listenedto...

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  • Firewalking!!

    After the Kandy Dance show, we all moved to an outdoor area, next to the theatre. Here we saw impressive firewalking.I understand in theory why they do not get burnt feet, but I still find it hard to believe firewalking does not hurt!!

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Kandy Transportation

  • exultant searvice

    I highly recommend nalin and his company, blackcoral travels.I really did not do any planning into coming to Sri Lanka...just booked the tour from black coral tours was hoping for the best - and we really did get the best. . His family is lovely and the food was great as well. Then continued on to Yala National Park and Mirissa. The drivers were...

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  • exsalant!!!!!!! and cheap

    I highly recommend nalin and his company, black coral travels .I really did not do any planning into coming to Sri Lanka...just booked the tour from black coral and was hoping for the best - and we really did get the best. Stayed at his place in Kandy for two nights which was great. Then continued on to Yala National Park and Mirissa. The drivers...

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  • driver in Sri Lanka

    If you need a reliable and trustworthy driver in Sri Lanka to take you around this beautiful country, I recommend Jayasena Rasika (jocotours@yahoo.com)from Kandy. We did 1500km with him and were very satisfied with his services!

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Kandy Shopping

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  • Sri Lanka Souvenirs

    Kandy is the ideal place to shop for sri Lankan souvenirs and my recommendation is a very top tip.Roshan is the wholesale distributer for kandy, sigiriya, nuwar eliya and dambulla so its better to go straight to the source. At the time of writing he has a store at 47 Station road this is a small market stall on the road leading down to the station...

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  • Colorful Srilankan Masks

    Most of the site seeing places in Kandy have pedlars who are selling the Srilankan masks- these are gloriously colorful masks that make for a great memoir on your walls. I do recommend picking one up from just outside the Lanka Tilaka temple. The craftsman has his workshop right there and gives you a good deal on most of his assortment. SLR 1000...

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  • Best Batiks In kandy

    This shop has a the most unique high quality authentic Batik designs which you can't find anywhere else... This special shop has many authentic high quality batik wall hangings, batik ladies wear like batik silk scarves, silk designer sarees, silk beach wraps, silk wraparounds, Silk skirts, tops, Men wear like batik shirts, t shirts and batik...

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Kandy Local Customs

  • Buddhist monks

    Buddhist monks are a common sight in Sri Lanka. Their bright orange robes often clad with a matching umbrella makes them a noticeable entity. See them on public transport, shopping, in the three-wheeled ‘tuk tuks.’ Monks clearly command respect here. You are xpected to vacate your seat for a monk when one enters the bus, women are to avoid any kid...

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  • Ayurvedic massage

    Kandy it's a great place to have real ayurvedic massages. We found a great ayurvedic clinic who's run by a former sri lankan olympic games weight-lifting gold medal. The man is massive but if you ar lucky to have him massage you, you'll be in heaven.A massage followed by a steam bath costs about 2o dollars. The clinic is located next to the Hotel...

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  • Kandyan dancing

    This is a bit of a declining tradition, but the festivities going on in early December were well advertised by the interval entertainments parading round the boundary at the cricket

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Kandy Warnings and Dangers

  • Monkeys

    Monkeys are quite a problem in Kandy. At the Hotel Thilanka, where I stayed, it was important to close the windows and doors during the day.It seems that they are all over the city (up to mischief).I do think it is so important NOT TO FEED them.

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  • Do not walk alone

    During my trip in Kandy (which guerillas is still a hot topic), very obvious scene of Sri Lankan army guarding around the streets. I was not allowed to walk alone and not able to do anything after the curfew unless you are accompany by a guide.Anyone caught walking alone especially tourist will be persecuted. So do not attempt unless you have a...

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  • MONKEYS

    Although we didn't get bitten.watch out for the monkeys,they run across the roads and jump down from the roofs,i liked watching them though i thought they were great,but would'nt want to get to close to them.

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Kandy Tourist Traps

  • Oakray Wood Carvings, Kandy - a real RIP...

    Okay so I knew that tuk tuk drivers got commissions when you purchased products after they took you to a shop. I just didn't realise the extent of the commissions or how far reaching the scam (and it is highway robbery) was. So I was taken to this Oakray place in Kandy, Sri Lanka and the prices for things were VERY high as in 12,800 rupees for a...

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  • Regent Spice Garden - a right royal rip...

    I visited the Regent Spice Garden because I'm interested in herbal medicine and Ayurveda. I was given a quick tour of the garden by someone relentlessly pushy who claimed to be a doctor at a hospital. He gave me one promise after another - one of which was that an oil they were selling would remove all scarring (including a 40 yr old burn I have on...

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  • A right royal rip off

    Unless you have money and time to spare, you can do without this. This ancient performance has now turned up to be a money making tourist attraction. Take more time to spend at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

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Kandy What to Pack

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    by PierreZA Written Jan 4, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: Travel as light as possible, especially if you want to use public transport between cities

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It can be Rainy and Cool in Kandy

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent
    The Hotel did supply coils for the room during the evening

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Kandy Off The Beaten Path

  • Pinnewala Elephant sanctuary

    This sanctuary is not in Kandy itself, but people do stay in Kandy and visit the sanctuary from here just like we did.We were offered numerous tuktuk tours there, but we decided just to take the local bus towards Kegalle. Tell the driver that you want Pinnewala (they would probably guess that anyway!) and they will drop you at the end of the road...

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  • Matale

    Matale is a little town about 25 kilometres from Kandy, so it's really possible to make ahalf a day trip there. Matale's just like any other Sri Lankan town or city, dusty and dirty but... it has an old, magnificent, wonderful Hindu/Tamil temple. It's called Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam. Inside it's bright and cheerful, full of music, too,...

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  • the spice garden

    All the way between Kandy and Matale is lined with hundreds and hundreds of spice gardens. They don't have names but numbers: some are big - others small - and i guess that more or less they show the same things. It's interesting to stop at one and learn aboput the plants and spices, and their medicinal uses. You'll also be offered all sorts of...

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Kandy Sports & Outdoors

  • Jungle Army

    The house on the hillside is owned by two British ex-pats, and the folk getting a free view up there became known as the "Jungle Army."

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  • In the jungle

    The Asgiriya stadium, Kandy: A beautiful ground cut out of the hillside, bordered by lush jungle all around, overlooked by a gaint plaster of paris (?) Buddha statue and distant mountains. If you can bear the toilets, it's a fabulous location. The match itself wasn't so good, but what a setting! Sunhat, sun block and shades, unless under cover.

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Kandy Favorites

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  • Waking up in Kandy

    Waking up in the early morning and opening our balcony looking over the Kandy hills enjoying the fresh morning cool air while the sun rising was the best memory i had in Kandy.

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  • The gentle ladies

    I felt like a superstar. The Kandyan are very friendly and gentle, im so pampered with their hospitality. During my road trips, i tend to wave at the locals (saying hello) and they excitedly waving back at us non stop, a welcoming gesture of our arrival

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  • River of Kandy

    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...

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