This city is built around a lake and
boasts of picturesque view of hills. This lake at the centre of the city
makes the city very attractive and also helps in keeping the environment
cool. This laid-back capital of Sri Lanka has a very distinct architecture
while its standout attraction is the Dalada Maligava temple which houses the
sacred tooth of Buddha. With all its mountains and lake, this place is ideal
for trekking and water sports.
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The weather in Kandy is cooler and wetter than the coastal
areas so do not forget to carry with you warm clothes. The dry season lasts
here from December to April. The moderate climate here is perfect for tea
plantations. The humidity here is between 70% to 79%.
Dry Season(December April) : 22oC - 30oC , Monsoon Season(May
August) : 25oC - 29oC , Inter-Monsoon Season (September November) :
24oC - 29oC
Official Currency :
Sri Lankan Rupee(LKR) ; 1 LKR = 0.4358 INR =
0.01001 USD = 0.008285 Euro (subject to change).
Kandy is located at a distance of 116km from the Colombo
city which is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. To arrive to this
beautiful destination the tourists can take rail or road route. Mahaveli
Ganga river which runs through the city has many tributaries thus providing
natural drainage to the city as well as a healthy and clean environment.
After landing at the Colombo International Airport the tourists can reach
Kandy in 3hrs from Colombo by bus. Road to Kandy is quite neat so tourists
can take cars or go by van as well. There are trains as well running from
Colombo to Kandy, however they take a bit longer to reach there.
Kandy has a reasonably good network of public transport, in the form of
buses and trains that link the city to the suburbs. Train fares are slightly
lower than bus fares, but getting a bus is infinitely easier than trying to
catch a train, so it works out about the same. Kandy railway station is an
railway station in the city.
Other than buses and trains, taxis and three-wheelers also can be hired,
though obviously these are more expensive; meters are often not used, and its
best to do the negotiating and settle on a mutually acceptable price before
you start the trip.
The city has number of decent hotels to ensure a convenient stay for the
visitors. Mentioned below is the list of hotels in the city:
4 star hotel accomodations
Le Kandyan Hotel
Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Hotel tree of life( resort)
3 and a half star hotel accomodations
3 star hotel accomodations
2 star hotel accomodations
Hotel Hill Top
Major Tourist Attractions
Dalada Maligava :
Also called as the temple of the sacred Tooth of
Relic is a must visit place for the Buddhists. The Pathirippuva or the
octagon was built by the king of Kandy in 19th century who had also built
the lake. Daily rituals are performed in the temple to venerate the relic.
Esala Perahera, the colourful pageant is held here for ten nights every year
to honour the Tooth Relic.
Malwatta and Asgiriya Monastries :
Located on the southern and
western side of the lake, they form the center of Buddhism. Asgiriya temple
houses the gigantic statue of Buddha and the ground here has been the
cremation ground for the Kandyan royalty.
This is the heart of the Kandy city and is the most famous
landmark of the city. There is an old building at its edge, near the Dalada
Maligava temple which was initially the queens bath.
Royal Botanical Gardens :
They are located at a distance of 6km from
the city at Peradeniya . The Orchid house here contains 300 varieties of
Orchids. The lush green lawns and huge trees are a welcome sight along with
the spice garden here which will introduce you to the spices of Sri Lanka.
The Kandy market is a great bazaar
The Kandy museum
The Gadaladeniya Temple