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Our most recommended Kandy Day Trips

  • Colombo: Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya, & Panduwasnuwara Tour

    1. Colombo: Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya, & Panduwasnuwara Tour

    The tour begins with early morning pickup from your Colombo hotel at 6am, then travels the 2-hour journey to the first stop of the day, the Kingdom of Dambadeniya. Step back in time as you wander around the ruins of Dambadeniya, once a bustling mid-13th century hub reigned over by King Parakramabahu II. See the recently excavated remains of the Temple of the Tooth, as well as the fascinating royal palace complex with its gardens, walls, and moats. By 10:30am arrive at the next stop of the day, the former capital of Sri Lanka, Yapahuwa. Marvel at the city’s fortress which was built on a giant rock, boasting wide staircases, beautiful stone sculptures, and highly detailed pillar carvings. Climb to the top of the fortress to view the ruins of the stupa on the summit of the rock, which once would have been used as a center for meditation. Spend a few hours exploring ruins of Yapahuwa, then ...

  • From Kandy: Mahiyanganya and Dambana Day Trip

    2. From Kandy: Mahiyanganya and Dambana Day Trip

    Begin you tour at 7:00 AM with a pickup from your guide. First, drive along the famous 18 Bend Road to Mahiyangana. 18 Bend Road is known for being one of the most dangerous and spectacular roads in the world. While the recent road renovations have widened the road therefor reducing the danger factor, it still remains an amazing experience with dramatic views over the valley of Mahiyangana. Your first stop lies within the valley and is of great archaeological value. Sorabora Wewa, also known as the Sea of Bintenna, is an ancient reservoir believed to have been constructed over two millennia ago. Created by damming Diyawanna Oya with a 485-meter embankment, the reservoir uses the natural rock around it to its advantage to form a channel that acts as a sluice gate. Observe this unique sluice gate as you walk along the embankment. Afterward, head to Ulhitiya Reservoir, one of the most imp...

  • Kandy: Day Trip from Colombo

    3. Kandy: Day Trip from Colombo

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Colombo, and then relax in air-conditioned comfort on the journey to Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth on arrival to see the sacred tooth of Buddha, a symbol of status that proved the worthiness of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. Admire the beautiful architecture of the palace and look at the golden figurines in the shrine. Then, explore some of the ancient crafts by traditional artisans, including gems, wood carving, and batik. Watch craft demonstrations and buy souvenir gifts before lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense. Continue to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, and go for a stroll in the 147-acre grounds. See over 4,000 different species of plants, including an exclusive collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants. Learn the history of the 19th-century gardens, and see famous plants such as the cannonball tree, g...

    Thoroughly enjoyed this day trip to Kandy! CJ was an excellent guide, fantastic driver, and extremely knowledgeable. He went out of the way to make the day the most plesant and timeworthly experience possible. I highly recommend taking this trip.

  • Sri Lanka Heritage Sites: 6-Day Private Guided Tour

    4. Sri Lanka Heritage Sites: 6-Day Private Guided Tour

    Day 1: Colombo/Sigiriya You will be greeted by your personal chauffeur guide at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and transferred to Sigiriya. Day 2 : Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya Visit the UNESCO world Heritage city of Polonnaruwa, the well-preserved city with ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues. In the afternoon, explore the 5th-century rock fortress of Sigiriya. Day 3: Sigiriya/Kandy Visit the impressive cave temple of Dambulla, also a UNESCO world heritage site, a batik factory and a spice garden. In the afternoon, peruse Kandy with a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, the upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary and more. Day 4: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden and then drive to Nuwara Eliya. En route, visit a tea plantation and factory where the best tea in the world is pro...

  • Kandy: All-Inclusive Afternoon City Tour

    5. Kandy: All-Inclusive Afternoon City Tour

    Your tour begins as you are picked up from your hotel at 1:30PM for an unforgettable afternoon in the city of Kandy. You will first visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, which is renowned for bundles of varieties of plants including orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees. At 4:00PM you will enjoy an upper lake drive, also enjoying the birds-eye view of Kandy before proceeding to a Kandyan cultural center. It is at this cultural center that you will enjoy a memorable cultural show, which starts at 4:30PM. At 6:00PM you will visit the Kandy Temple where you will attend the Pooja Ceremony. Offerings of flowers will be laid before the sacred tooth’s chamber, prayers will fill the room, and drummers will fill the air with rhythmic song. People will also line up for the chance to catch a glimpse of the golden case up close. Following this spiritual experience, you will be returne...

  • From Bentota: Kandy Tour with Tooth Temple & Gardens Visit

    6. From Bentota: Kandy Tour with Tooth Temple & Gardens Visit

    The day begins with hotel pickup in Bentota. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle through mountain valleys and tea plantations to Kegalle, and take in the delicious aromas of its spice gardens which attracted merchants from all over the world to the ports of Sri Lanka.   Continue on to the ancient capitol of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Explore the the area surrounding Kandy Lake and check out the Hindu and Buddhist temples within the Natha Devale. The next stop on the route is the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, home to over 8,000 different species of trees and plants. Finally, visit a local tea factory and relax with a cup of unblendes, fresh Ceylon tea before the retu...

  • From Kandy: Private Guided Hike to Heeloya

    7. From Kandy: Private Guided Hike to Heeloya

    Immerse yourself in the culture and scenery of rural Sri Lanka on this all-encompassing hike. After getting picked up from your hotel in Kandy, head to the trail starting point and listen to a brief route overview from your guide before beginning your trek. Pass by scrubby hills, light woods and rice paddy fields as you get closer to the village, stopping for regular breaks along the way to reenergize with water and energy bars. Reach the village of Heeloya after approximately 1 hour of trekking. Here you will discover a traditional self-sustaining and remote Sri Lankan village. Get introduced to the village elder who will tell you more about the traditional customs of the village and accompany a farmer to the paddy fields to learn more about the traditional step cultivation method used in the region. Afterwards, visit the fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, where you will help harves...

  • Kandy: All Inclusive City Tour

    8. Kandy: All Inclusive City Tour

    Be picked up from your accommodation at 8:00 AM. Your first stop will be the Giragama Tea Factory. Here, you will see the sorting, grinding, and drying tools and then the packaging machines. Learn how tea is processed from shiny green leaves to the contents of your tea bag. After enjoying a cup of high grown processed tea, set out to explore the plantation.  Continue your tour and head to the Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, which is renowned for bundles of varieties of plants including orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees. Then, visit the Bahirawakanda Buddha statue known as big Buddha, which is one of the most scenic places in the city. At 1:00 PM, take a break to enjoy lunch at Oak Ray restaurant. After Lunch, visit the wood carving factory and gem lapidary. Then, be driven to Kandy Lake, which was built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1807. It is one of the major hig...

  • From Kandy: Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour

    9. From Kandy: Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour

    Take a full day excursion out to Sigiriya, where you'll visit two fascinating sites: the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a cave complex full of Buddhist imagery, and Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a massive column of rock turned into a fortress. After pickup at 7:00 AM from your hotel in Kandy, head out of the city towards the first site. On the way, admire Sri Lanka’s countryside and villages as you journey to this atmospheric cliff side cave complex packed with Buddhist imagery and frescoes.   Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, which dates back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Guatama Buddha. Admire the hundreds of figurines of the Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the 5 main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, the Cave of the Great King, and the Great New Monastery, as well as the giant golden Buddha statue ...

  • From Kandy: Nuwara Eliya by Train

    10. From Kandy: Nuwara Eliya by Train

    Start your tour at 7:30 AM from your hotel in Kandy, where you will be picked up by your chauffeur. You will be taken you to the Kandy or Peradeniya railway station at approximately 8:00 AM, depending on respective availability.  The train departs at approximately 8:30 AM. Enjoy a scenic ride of about 3 hours through some of the most beautiful highland countryside areas in Sri Lanka. See the vast green hills of the tea plantations and spot the picturesque villages with misty mountain backdrops. Enjoy the amazing sights of intimidating mountains, deep and dark woodlands, and magnificent waterfalls as they go by your window.  Arrive at Nanuoya at 12:15 PM where your guide will meet you at the station, which has been serving Nuwara Eliya for over a century. After you stretch your legs a little, your guide will take you to Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy the thrilling half-hour drive up the winding ro...

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What people are saying about Kandy

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Excellent excursion with aaron. Very punctual, kind guide who made us visit all the important corners of kandy. We left at 6 am this morning and returned at 8:30 pm because he really took the time to explain and show us around. Kandy is a must in srilanka that I advise you to do with this tour operator. Look forward to seeing you again tomorrow for our next Aaron excursion.

Thoroughly enjoyed this day trip to Kandy! CJ was an excellent guide, fantastic driver, and extremely knowledgeable. He went out of the way to make the day the most plesant and timeworthly experience possible. I highly recommend taking this trip.

great day, had a very knowledgable driver, great food and learned a lot about the people and the country.

Fantastic day, great knowledgeable and friendly guide, stunning scenery and beautiful food. Perfect!

Great guide, comfortable car for a long trip, an interesting tour. Recommend.