Stunning Sri Lanka and in particular the picturesque hilltop town of Kandy is famous for inventing the good old cuppa. Take a Private Tour in Kandy the Most Beautiful City in Sri Lanka
Its lush tea plantations and breathtaking green hills and valleys make up some of the most picturesque areas on the planet.
The last Royal capital of the Kandyan Kings it is home to the Buddhist Chapters formed during the Colonial era and the Sacred Tooth Relic in its golden casket.
The spectacular yearly procession for The Tooth is not to be missed and is probably the most spectacular and oldest parade in Asia involving over 100 elephants, drummers, and colourful dancers.
Dotted around the peaceful countryside amongst the flourishing forests and jungle are exotic Hindu Shrines and Temples ready to explore. Read More...
Picturesque Tea Plantations, Unique Temples and Wild Monkeys in a Guided Tour
Famous for inventing tea these lush green hills call you in invitingly to explore and take private tour
The yearly ritual of the Sacred Tooth with its procession of over 100 elephants and dancers
Its many tea plantations and factories now turned into museums and their original machinery
The lofty trees of the Botanical Gardens and the rooted tentacle century old Javan Fig Tree
Explore the tranquil forest sanctuary at Udawattekele and watch the monkeys at play
Take in a traditional cultural dance show telling the story of Sri Lanka through dance
See the picturesque Tea Plantations, Unique Temples and Wild Monkeys in a Guided Tour!!
Top 10 Things to Do in
We were incredibly lucky to visit this temple on a private tour during a festival when it was strung with twinkling fairy lights and had been newly whitewashed. The site is still being archaeologically digged, but the finished meditating Buddha in gold paint is an outstanding example. One of the Monks gave us a history of the Temple and the background to the festival. It was nice to sit a while in the peaceful gardens surrounded by pools of water lilies
Temple of the tooth
Sri Dalada Maligawa is one of the Holiest Shrines of the Buddhist World due to its housing the sacred relic tooth of Buddha in its very own stronghold. Still, a place of daily worship for many we saw Monks in the inner chamber performing their daily ritual as well as locals and tourists making theirs in the outer chamber. Although not much inside it was a truly spiritual experience especially the ancient written scripts in the old library
Big Buddha Bahiravokanda Vihara
A small Temple complex is overshadowed by the 88 foot Great White Buddha, and it is this that people make the steep climb for and of course the most fantastic view. After leaving your shoes at the kiosk, you can enter the temple compound. Once outside again you are greeted by the stunning panoramic view of the entire city of Kandy as well as the shimmering lake and the large bulk of the mountains in the distance.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Strolling leisurely down the imposing Avenue of Royal Palms in Sri Lanka's
beautiful botanical gardens on a private tour is pure heaven. Of the 4,000 species of plant the real kings are the trees, lofty giants include the giant Burmese Bamboo capable of growing 30cm a day and the unusual cannonball tree but, for me, the most impressive was the rooted tentacle century old Javan Fig Tree, also a fabulous array of stun
International Buddhist Museum
This small museum situated next to the Temple of the Tooth holds a fabulous collection of Buddhist artefacts from all over Asia as well as information about Buddhism and Buddha quotes. It gives an informative and stimulating history of the spread of Buddhism and its impact on each country it entered. Each country has its own room devoted to this influence, and it is so interesting that it is easy to lose yourself here for a few hours
For over 50 years the giant ‘tusker’ elephant, Raja, was the head honcho in festivals and processions before he passed at the age of 75. This large model shows just how impressive he was and dressed in all his finery he must have been a sight to behold. Over 35 times he was the carrier of the sacred casket holding the tooth relic in the August procession in honour of the Los Buddha. Photos of him in all his glory line the walls.
Royal Palace of Kandy
Looking to escape the crowds this peaceful location was the residence of Kandy's last King. Not much remains of the original Royal Palace apart from some unique wood carvings, with most of its buildings being destroyed but some parts were repaired during the British occupation. The only remaining part is the entrance building which now houses the Department of Archeology and the Museum with the Queens quarters housing the District Court
Udawatta Kele Sanctuary
Having a few hours spare, we took a trip out to Udawattekele Sanctuary an amazingly tranquil forest perfect for walking under the green canopy. There are smooth dirt tracks to follow through the woods or take the 4km roadway walk. We were stunned when half way round curious chattering monkeys appeared from the trees and was playing on the road in front of us. We also saw wild boars and deer along with the constant beautiful bird song.
Ceylon Tea Museum Hantana
As a lover of tea, this was a definite for me to see first hand the reason why Sri Lanka
and especially Ceylon Tea is famous around the world. On a steep green hillside, the old wooden tea factory houses the first, original, tea production machinery. Displays of historical documents, the first ever tea packet and one of the first tea shrubs ever grown here. A fascinating private tour and at the end, of course, a pro
A great family activity the Cultural Dance Show tells the story of Kandy through dance and music. Clothed in intricately designed traditional costumes the groups of sometimes 50 dancers and musicians perform an art form originally part of an all-night ceremony for the King. From The fire and harvest dance to stunning duets the performers give this acrobatics with grace and poise ending with a fire walkers and a huge fire show
Travel Tips for Kandy
Best Time To Visit
The island is split in two weather wise with the best time to visit West and South areas are December to March, and the Eastern seaboard is April/May to September. This is only a guide, and Sri Lanka has one of the most difficult weather seasons in the world. During October and November, rain and storms can occur anywhere on the island. There are too many festival dates to list due to its many religions so any time of year could be festival time.
Inflation over the recent years has affected the economy so how much you spend is entirely up to you and the way you choose to take your holiday. From staying in a beach cabana and eating street food holiday at $20 a day to a top hotel and restaurants at $500 the choice is yours. For budget travellers stick to public transport frequent and cheap and a meal at a reasonable cafe would cost a couple of dollars. The local guides are fab and cheap !
Know Before Visiting
Dress appropriately at all times covering as much of your body as possible and remember footwear and hats are forbidden in Temples. Always use metered taxis or use the highly under-rated local train service cheap but over-crowded. Check at your Doctors for any vaccinations you may need to have or boosters and ensure your holiday insurance is up to date and covers Sri Lanka as hospital bills can sometimes reach the 6 figure mark , prebook your tours!
Sri Lanka has a relatively complicated climate due to it being an island and it can vary greatly from year to year. In general, it is split into 2 halves with west coast monsoon bringing rain in April/May to September and east coast from November to March. There is also a further monsoon season that can affect anywhere on the whole island in October and November with thunderstorms and rainfall. Temperatures are almost at a constant 26-30º all year round