KANDY, SRI LANKA

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Kandy, the last Royal capital of Sri Lanka, is situated amongst wooded hills on the shores of a lake and, due to its rambling colonial buildings and temples, could be called the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.

Its most famous temple is the Temple of the Tooth, named thus as it is said to hold Buddha's tooth.  Every year in July or August a festival is held called Kandy Perahera, at which the golden caskets are paraded around the city accompanied by drummers, dancers, chieftains and more than 50 elephants. 

Established in the 15th-century, Kandy is a bustling market town, rich in cultural diversity and is a good transit point for the cultural triangle to the north or the hill country to the south.



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Best time to be there

During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.

Fly to

Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)

flying time

10 hours non-stop

time difference

GMT +6 hours

Visas

Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Uncovering the secrets of Sri Lanka

Nights: 17 | from £4,995pp

This indepth journey of Sri Lanka takes in the all the key attractions including the Cultural Triangle, visit historic Kandy before heading to the tea... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Family Sri Lanka

Nights: 14 | from £2,995pp

A magical 14 night family trip to Sri Lanka where you’ll enjoy the beaches of Sri Lanka's southwest coast and visit Polonnaruwa by bike. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Family Holidays

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Classic Sri Lanka

Nights: 13 | from £2,475pp

The tear-drop isle is ideal for a two-week trip – that’s enough time to pack in ancient forts and temples, world-class wild-life, hill walks, historic... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Sri Lanka

Nights: 8 | from £1,995pp

This journey takes in the key sites of Sri Lanka, combining history and culture. This short itinerary can be extended to include wildlife or time on the... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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A Hosted Journey - Gourmet Traveller Sri Lanka with Helen Anderson

Nights: 13 | from £4,535pp

Enjoy exclusive culinary experiences, with market visits, cooking demonstrations and tastings. You will also see the elephants of Minneriya National Park... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

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Clingendael, Kandy

Situated on a hill, at an elevation of 80 metres, Clingendael has a 230-degree breath-taking view over the reservoir of the Victoria dam with the spectacular... Find out more

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The Kandy House

A chic charming hotel set away from the bustle of Kandy but close enough to be able to explore this fascinating town adorned with temples and cultural... Find out more

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The Stone House

Located on lush verdant land the Stone House will transport you back in time to when life was slower paced. Built around the 1940s, this colonial mansion... Find out more

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Theva Residency, Kandy

Theva Residency is a luxurious residence, with a home from home atmosphere created by the sublime furnishings and fabulous staff that attend to ever guests... Find out more

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