The guide to Kandy
The last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka, Kandy is located in the central province and is home to one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world;The Temple of the Tooth, which was declared a world heritage site by in 1988. The city remains dry from January to April, and it rains from May onwards, but the weather remains cool through out, you can choose your travel months accordingly. We preferred the drier season as Kandy is best explored on foot.
The best way to reach: The town of Kandy is located two hours from Bandaranaike International Airport or two and a half hours from Colombo Fort by train. The train ride from Colombo to Kandy is one of the most scenic rides in the world! Rushes of lush green trees, hills, rock formations, tiny villages and the beautiful play of colours in the sky. The picture becomes all the more dramatic as the sun sets and the train approaches the enthralling highlands. The baby pink and grey sky welcomes you to a cute little railway station. It is advisable to book the tickets in advance for first class reservations (INR 200-500 approx). Catch the train from Colombo Fort Railway Station.
One Day in Kandy
Cabs can easily be hired for a one day tour in the city and the surroundings (INR 2000 approx). The tour usually takes you around: The Tea Factory- Kadugannawa, where you can learn all about the process of tea making from the tea gardens to your cup! See vintage tea machinery and enjoy a cup of fresh tea. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. You can witness them walking around, taking baths, feeding their young ones whilst enjoying a meal in one of the restaurants near the Orphanage. The Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. The Royal Botanical Gardens are not just a beautiful hang out for the locals but travellers also visit to witness the charm of the flora and fauna, it is spread across 147 acres comprising of 4000 species of plants which include a massive collection of orchids.
Do not miss
• Sip the Sri Lankan King coconuts also know as Thembili, native to Sri Lanka, these are also sweeter and tastier than the regular coconuts.
• There are Ayurvedic centres where you can learn all about the herbs and their benefits and even buy products (They may or may not be genuine)
• Try the local cuisine at Champs restaurant on your way back to Kandy, you will also cross a bridge where you will get to see swarm of flying fox fruit bats hanging in trees; a moment worth experiencing.
• In the evening take a walk around the Lake and head to the local night market.
• Sam’s, a local hangout in the main market is a good option for Chinese.
Stay: The OZO Kandy
The machinery at the Tea Factory
Watching elephants bathe at The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Our room at the OZO kandy, the best stay option in Kandy
The Royal Botanical Gardens
Sri Lankan curry and rice