As the hill capital of Sri Lanka as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kandy is a small city that is tightly packed into a plateau surrounded by mountains.
If you are planning to explore Kandy here’s a list of things you can do to have a good time.
1. Visit a Tea Factory
If you’d like to take a trip outside the city, a tuk ride would take you to plenty of tea plantations where you can visit the factory, see how the famous Ceylon tea is made and even try a little tea tasting at the café’s these factories are normally home to.
2. Watch a Traditional Kandyan Dancing show
Kandyan dancing is a traditional type of dance that originated in the Kandyan kingdom. In Sinhalese, it’s known as “udarata” dancing style. There is a recurring show that takes place every day close to the Temple of the Tooth at around 5-6 pm.
3. Walk Around the Lake
Take a walk around the Kandy lake which is a man-made lake built in 1807 by the last king of the Kandyan kingdom. It is the centre of the city and makes for a very calming walk either early in the morning or during the sunset.
4. Visit the Temple of the Tooth
Since the 16th century, Kandy has played host to the Tooth Relic of Buddha. It is housed in a temple adjacent to the royal palace and is paraded in ceremony every year during the Perahera festival.
Getting to Kandy is relatively easy thanks to Air Taxi Sri Lanka services that will cut down your journey time by almost two thirds. You can try carriers like Cinnamon Air for more information on routes etc.