The historic city of Kandy is one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The Kandyan kingdom was the last standing palace of the final Sri Lankan monarch before the country became a British Colony. There is so much to see and experience in Kandy, so here are a few unique tours you can take.
Street Food tasting tour
If you’re a passionate foodie, then this tour is just for you. This excursion takes you through all the city’s major landmarks, one delicious bite at a time. The tour is carefully orchestrated by locals who know and love their city very much. Your tour guide will take you to all their favourite spots that include typical Kandyan delights, national favourites and the most refreshingly Sri Lankan beverages and desserts. Don’t worry; vegetarians have plenty of options too! Just let your guide know and they will take you.
A hike to Adam’s Peak
Sri Lanka is famous for its beautiful mountains, lush rainforests and mysterious nature trails. A private hike to Adam’s peak will surely be a memorable experience and a unique way to catch the first rays of the sun as they fall on the island. It takes around 3 hours to get there from Kandy, so it’s best to plan a day trip. You can arrange for a vehicle from most hotels in Kandy, Sri Lanka or easily catch a cab from hotels in the city like the Cinnamon Citadel Kandy. The route is as scenic as the hike itself!
Climb the Sigirya Rock
This cultural gem is right outside the limits of Kandy and is waiting to be explored. Sigiriya rock is quite famous as it is a UNESCO world heritage site with some of the most beautiful rock paintings in the world. There is a steep climb up to the top and the metal stairs are quite narrow. However, it is all worth it once you reach the top; you will be greeted with sweeping panoramic views of the fields and lakes below you and the endless sky in front. The tour is also quite educational where you will gain intimate knowledge of the ancient Sri Lankan monarchy.
Escape to Nuwara Eliya
A big part of the magical Sri Lankan experience is a visit to the misty peaks of Nuwara Eliya. Spend an enchanting day discovering the hidden gems that lie just outside the city of Kandy. Join a local tour host and wander through the cool, calming cities of Nuwara Eliya. This city is hidden high up in the mountains and is reminiscent of a time with horse-drawn carriages and cottage style cosy bungalows with smoke blowing chimneys. You will surely have a memorable experience here.