Kandy, more popularly known as the hill capital of Sri Lanka, is an attractive tourist destination. Its history dates back to the 15th century, when it was the last royal capital of the country. The city is 115km from Colombo and is the second biggest city in Sri Lanka. Kandy has an abundance of culture around it; the Temple of the Tooth being the most popular attraction. The centre of the city is situated in a valley which is elevated at 600m above sea level. Kandy Lake is an artificial creation by one of the past rulers and today, it is a scenic center piece of the town. Also, home to an international cricket stadium, Kandy brings in thousands of cricket fans. Sports, religion, history and culture, Kandy has it all! A Day tour of Kandy should not be missed out on your tour of Sri Lanka.
Established in 1975, Pinnawala elephant orphanage is a breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. The aim of the orphanage is to protect and care for the orphaned elephants in the jungles of the island. A natural habitat is presented to the elephants where they are taken to the river twice a day and elephants below three years are bottle fed by volunteers.
The Botanical Gardens in Kandy are renowned for their beautiful flowers and trees; orchids. The name Royal comes in because they were once upon a time only open to the Kandyan royalty. With 60 hectares of land, covering 2500 square feet, this is Sri Lanka’s largest and most impressive Botanical Gardens.
Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Golden Temple or the Temple of the Tooth is a venerated Buddhist worship location as it preserves the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. A noticeable feature of the Temple is the golden canopy that makes it easily identifiable from far away.
Enjoy Sri Lanka’s world-renowned spices in a garden where it smells of cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace that overwhelm your senses! A garden with most spectacular specimens that are bound to make you realize that the Sri Lankan culture has so much to offer than what maybe shown from the outskirts.
Kandy, the Cultural City of Sri Lanka, known for its natural beauty and traditional ways, Kandy will be one of the best highlights of Sri Lanka. Take a sightseeing tour around the wonderful city of Kandy and grant yourself an awesome view of the heart of Kandy.