To almost all tourist attractions in the country, there is an entrance fee for foreign visitors which is usually quite higher than what a local would pay. I would think that the authorities utilize these fund for development of these historical sites. Therefore, always ensure that you buy the entrance tickets directly from the entrance counters at these locations and not through third parties. You can find out further details from the Tourist Information Center in Kandy if required.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
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.
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 very good reason.
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.
- Adventure Travel
- Budget Travel
~~~ Worst city for guidiance solicitation ~~~
Oh my Goodness - you cant's spend 5 minutes here without getting bothered by amateur guides (or more precisely considered promotion seekers). IGNORE THEM or do a no-no gesture as a maximum reaction. Note: shaking your head means "yes"!!!
They drag you into a shop and get a purchase share from the manager. At last, they expect a tip for their service.
My tip: Ask people (women!) if you look for anything. By the way 90 % of the population speak sufficient English!
Touts, thieves and sleaze
Kandy has a lot of touts round the train station and at the cricket ground when there's a match on. Beware too the main street between the Queens Hotel and the lake - this is where many beggars gather, some of whihc are genuine but many are not.
Women should be careful at night because some Kandyan men are a bit dodgy. Others are thieving types and can whoever nicked my white cricket hat please return it?
Touts and con-men
If a lone man approaches you in Kandy then chances are his aim is to lighten your wallet. There are many friendly people here (although women have told me that the ratio of sleazy men is higher here than elsewhere) and groups are fine to speak to. But lone men are generally best avoided. There are of course touts in many places in Sri Lanka, but in Kandy they seem to be at their most numerous and most annoying.
There are the usual kind of touts, trying to persuade you to use their particular hotel. In some places these can be helpful but here are best ignored as many also get commission on your food and any trips you take and so spend your whole visit trying to get you to spend as much money as possible. Give in to them once and you'll be stuck with them for the whole time.
Many men will try to act as your guide, whether you want it or not. Decline politely and they'll just follow you around, talk to you and then expect payment, so it's best to be as firm as you can. Many, particularly at the Temple, will say they will help you free of charge out of kindness - ignore them, they'll demand money and are prepared to bug you for hours to get it.
A common scam in Kandy is for a man to approach you as if he knows you. He claims that he's the chef or bell boy at your hotel (he doesn't name it) and acts all hurt when you don't recognise him. Of course he then proceeds to let you buy him something to make up for it, or asks you to lend him some money that he'll pay back that evening at the hotel. On paper it all sounds very obvious, but some of these guys are experts and know that many tourists will pretend to remember someone rather than risk hurting their feelings. Just ask him the name of the hotel that he works at and watch him squirm.
These are of course pretty obvious tips, especially for experienced travellers, and Kandy is no worse for touts than many other countries. But it is the worst in Sri Lanka so it's best to be prepared.
This is a meat shop in Kandy Market. A fish shop was as "nice" as meat shop, but a smell was quite strong. an ex