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Kandy heritage tour- one day (Private)

Spare a day in the hotel and like to visit Kandy some of the best tourist attractions in Sri Lanka?T his one-day private tour to Kandy by one of our luxury vehicles and with an experienced local guide makes your Kandy tour easy and very enjoyable as well as an information-rich experience.

This guided tour starts from any of the hotels on the west coast. The pick-up location and time are very flexible because this is a private tour, with everything happening at your own pace. There is a plan for the day, which is flexible and can be adjusted to meet your comfort.

This full-day Kandy private tour includes many tourist attractions such as the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Tooth relic temple, Royal botanical gardens, tea factory, spice garden, tea gardens, tea shops, gem museum, silk garden and a guided, relaxing walk through the Kandy market.

The package includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, all entrance fees, guides, entire ground transportation in an air-conditioned modern car, and all government taxes.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeings), and the only you and your associates take part in the trip.
  • This compact trip packs a lot in. It’s one of the shortest trips we run in our Original style, perfect for those with very little time and a desire to do the most with it.
  • The tour mainly revolves around Sri Lanka's hill country city of Kandy. You will be making frequent stops during the trip from Colombo to Kandy.
  • Sri Lanka can get extremely hot in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours and city tours when the heat is low (in the morning and evening), there are instances that we have to do them during mid-day,  remember to keep water on you and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt, and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
  • Part of travelling with Seerendipity respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip and to enter them you must have clothes that cover to wrists and below the knee. Please check this article to know more about rules and regulations pertaining Sri Lanka temples.

Itinerary in a nutshell

  • Stop 1. Stop at an Elephant Safari in Pinnawala.
  • Stop 2. Arrive in Kandy.
  • Stop 3. Visit the Spice and Herbal Garden.
  • Stop 4. Go to the Tooth Relic Temple.
  • Stop 5. Walk around the Kandy Lake.
  • Stop 6. Enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Stop 7. Go back to Colombo.
  • End of Tour. Drop off at your accommodation.

Activities included on the trip

  • Visiting the tooth relic temple of Kandy
  • Walking tour of the royal botanical garden (1 hour)
  • Visiting a Tea factory and walking in a tea garden
  • Visiting Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • Witness elephant bath
  • Guided Kandy city tour
  • Walking tour of the spice garden (1 hour)

Activities included on the trip

  • Visiting the tooth relic temple of Kandy
  • Walking tour in the royal botanical garden
  • Visiting a Tea factory and walking in a tea garden
  • Visiting Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • Witness elephant bath

Trip Includes

  • Discount voucher of 10% at a Jewelry shop (only in Colombo or Kandy)
  • Discount voucher 5% to shop at Spice garden in Kandy
  • Entrance fees for the following site.
    • Spice garden
    • Tea estate
    • Tea tasting
    • Kandy sightseeing tour
    • Entire ground transportation as per the itinerary
    • English speaking tour guide
  • Meeting arrangements at the airport on arrival and departure.
  • The above are nett and include all government taxes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop
  • Service of a tour guide throughout the tour
  • Entire ground transportation as per the tour itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle

Trip Excludes

  • Entrance fees for optional sites and activities
    • Royal botanical garden
    • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
    • Tooth relic temple
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
  • Video and Camera permits.
  • Any meals not specified, throughout the tour
  • Any other services not specified.

Kandy heritage tour- one day (Private)


Day 1

Time : 5:00 am


Meet and greet by Seerendipity tours representative and leave for Kandy, En-route visits,

Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.

A ruled in Kandy up to 1815 although the rest of the island was under the British regime. Finally, it was ceded to them by the Chieftains of Kandy who were disappointed over the king’s cruel deeds. Today Kandy is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha.

Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy and enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.

Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala) or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a world heritage site partly due to the temple.

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is the edifice that enshrines the sacred Tooth of the Buddha, located within the royal palace complex in Kandy. The sacred relic was brought to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC and since has been closely associated with the royalty of the island nation with magnificent temples built to enshrine it in every kingdom. Kandy, also known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka is famous for the mesmerizing pageant the ‘Esala Perehera’ that is held annually in the months of July/August to honour the sacred Tooth Relic. The golden canopy over the main shrine, built in 1987 and the golden fence which encircles the main shrine are other notable features of the temple.

The last Sinhalese king of Kandy, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe converted a large paddy field adjoining the Temple of the Tooth to build this lake in 1807. Devendra Moolacharya was it’s architect. There was also a dam across the paddy fields, starting from the Pattiruppuwa (Octagon) side, where the steps leading into the lake by the Mahamaluwa (Great Terrace) are still visible. Today Kandy Lake undoubtedly enhances the city’s beauty with the unique wall ‘Diyarali Bamma’ depicting ripples of water, surrounding it.

Arts and crafts are an integral part of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage. During the Kandyan Kingdom, arts and crafts received royal patronage, which included the formation of guilds, standardization of payments and even the imposition of penalties for bad work. The traditional skills have been preserved with their purity, resulting in the continuance of the characteristic identity of Sri Lanka handicrafts.
The Sri Lankan dancer, drummer, musician, artist and craftsman all continue to contribute significantly to Sri Lanka’s vibrant culture and a visitor can easily experience the mesmerizing beauty of the traditional Kandyan Dance whilst on holiday, purchase authentic arts and crafts and explore the colourful and intricate murals in historic temple walls.

The arts and crafts of Sri Lanka are loved by people around the world and these artefacts can be bought in major Sri Lankan cities such as Kandy and Colombo. Kandy is considered to be one of the best places to buy souvenirs in Sri Lanka and a large number of shops dedicated to traditional arts and crafts are lined up on the Kandy-Colombo main road.

The last king to reside in the Royal Palace was King Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe until he was overthrown by the British in 1815 with the aid of Kandyan chieftains. Once part of a large palace complex that included the Raja Wasala, (King’s Palace), Magul Maduwa (Royal Audience Hall), Meda Wasala (Queens’ Palace), Palle Wasala (King’s Harem Quarters) and Ulpange (Queen’s Bathing Pavilion), together with the Temple of the Tooth.

The Kandy National Museum opened in 1942 is located next to the sacred Temple of the Tooth and is housed in a section of the Royal Palace where the King’s concubines resided. This museum has over 5000 objects on display and among the most impressive exhibits are king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe II's golden crown and a copy of the 1815 treaty known as the ‘Kandyan Convention’ by which on March 2, 1815, Ceylon ceded to the British ending 2,357 years of monarchy.

The ‘Magul Maduwa’, a finely carved masterpiece in timber is where the king met his ministers and carried out his daily administrative tasks. Many historic events have taken place at this location and it was here that the British handed over the death sentence to the Sri Lankan national heroes Keppatipola Disave and Madugalle Disave. A replica of the Royal Audience hall of Kandy was constructed in granite in Colombo in 1948 to commemorate Sri Lanka’s Independence from the British.

The Botanical Garden of Peradeniya was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and was later made into a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This garden; one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and a site for bird watchers.

The City Tour will include places of Tourist interest such as Kandy Lake, Historical churches, Buddhist Hindu Temples, Tea gardens, Tea factories, a Gem museum, Handicraft centre.

Shopping at
Silk garden, Hemachjandra jewellery, Barefoot and etc

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  1. Melani suma:

    We started the trip early morning from our hotel and arrived at the hotel at around 21.00 hrs. We travellers 4 hours in the morning and 5 hours in the evening. The time left for sightseeing is only a few hours. Very tiresome trip.

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