Spare day in the beach resort or in Colombo and like to visit Kandy to some of the best tourist attractions on the island? On this Kandy one day trip you will explore elephant park, royal botanical garden, Tea plantation, tooth relic temple, spice garden and many more, by one of our luxury cars and an experienced guide.
Kandy One-Day Trip
Travel beyond the pristine beaches of Sri Lanka and Colombo on the west coast to learn about Kandy’s architecture, traditions and culture. This Kandy one-day trip is on the bucket list of most travellers as it is a perfect opportunity to explore the fascinating hill country of Sri Lanka.
There’s more to Kandy’s colourful historical past than the large span of beautiful tea plantations with mountain peaks in its backdrop– travel beyond Sri Lanka’s west coast to find out about this beautiful Sri Lankan city’s architecture, traditions and culture.
The trip of Kandy visiting Udawattakele sanctuary
The Udawattakele sanctuary is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Designed for the Kandyan king and his harem, it had been the official pleasure garden of the Kandyan King. Today the garden is still holding many important remnants of the pleasure garden.
Despite its historical importance and natural beauty, the park does not attract a large crowd. Udawattakele is not included in most Sri Lanka trip packages such as Sri Lanka 7 days tour and Sri Lanka 5 days trip. It is highly recommended to take a stroll across the park because it allows you to witness a large number of avian fauna species and many flora trees, plants and creepers native to the island.
Visiting the Royal botanical garden on the trip to Kandy
The royal botanical garden of Peradeniya is the biggest botanical garden in Sri Lanka, spreading over 147 acres., which is located neighbouring the longest river of Sri Lanka, Mahaweli. It started as the pleasure garden of Kandy and was limited to the royal dignitaries. Later the botanical garden served as the nursery for cinchona plants. The Garden was transformed into a botanical garden under British administration in the year 1821, with the guidance of Alexandar Moon.
Peradeniya botanical garden has welcomed many thousand visitors over the last 700 years among its fragrant fruits, orchids, and bamboo alley. The botanical garden is located about 5 km from the city of Kandy and its proximity to Kandy makes the botanical garden a popular tourist site in the mountains.
Exploring tooth relic temple on the trip to Kandy
The temple of the tooth relic sits at the bank of Kandy lake, while in the backdrop of the temple is the Udawattakele sanctuary. The tooth relic temple is an ideal place to get rid of the hectic and noisy town. It is so calm and quiet in the temple, you may even forget that you are in a busy town like Kandy.
The temple served as the official residence of the Kandy King at the beginning, later it was converted to a sacred temple with the arrival of the tooth relic. The temple is an impressive feat of Sri Lankan design and, the temple makes a good landmark for navigating the city. The temple is open for visitors from dawn to dusk but it can be busy on weekends and full moon days.
The tooth relic temple is surrounded by 3 walls and a water ditch much like the Sri Lanka forts built during the ancient time. The temple is nestled in the ancient part of the city, which is also categorized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Today the temple is occupied by the monks, who undertake the daily rituals at the temple.
Best for culture
The upper lake dancing hall comes to life every day at 05.00 pm, during which energetic move their hands, legs, hips, heads and entire bodies on par with the beat of the drum. While female dancers make various rhythmic moves according to the soothing music of the flute. Kandy is the only one to witness the Kandy cultural show, which showcases the typical Sri Lankan dancing forms and musical performances. There are few places, where you can witness the cultural show, however, all of them are located within easy reach of the tooth relic temple.
Kandy One Day Trip is best for arts and craft
The arts and craft centre of Kandy has a large collection of artefacts, hand-made souvenirs, gems and jewellery, spices, tea, batik and various other items that are widely popular among travellers. Many hundred shops are tightly packed along the main road and offer typical Sri Lankan products.
Where to stay on Kandy One-Day Trip
The queen hotel is an iconic tourist hotel in Kandy, which owes English colonial rulers for its existence. The queen hotel was built about 180 years ago and was the residence of the British governor. The hotel has been restored to a luxury hotel by adding modern facilities and amenities while maintaining the colonial characteristics of the building. The hotel commands a beautiful view over the important tourist places in Kandy such as Tooth relic temple, Kandy lake, the catholic church and many other important tourist places in Kandy.
Despite its location close to Kandy city, the swiss hotel is wonderfully quiet. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city with colonial splendour. The hotel is expanded and upgraded under the present administration. Today it serves a large number of travellers seeking luxurious accommodation in Kandy. The hotel is kitted out in European style and has a spa and outdoor pool.
Kandy is accessible from all corners of Sri Lanka, due to its location in the middle of the country. Kandy is the hub of Sri Lanka's road network and rail transport also allows easy access to Kandy from Colombo and other mountain resorts such as Nuwara Eliya and Ella. Air travel also can be used to reach Kandy from most major cities on the island, however, it can be an expensive option compared to other options. Usually, most Sri Lanka trip packages include Kandy as the base, while the guests explore tourist places in the mountains, therefore, most guests stay a few nights in a Kandy hotel and plan daily excursions to nearby places.
Hiring a taxi with a local guide is the most recommended method of travelling in Kandy, which is safe, fast and gives you maximum privacy. Even though it may be a bit expensive compared to public transport, travelling by taxi is the best way to save time wasted on travelling. Travelling by public transport sucks your time because they are behind the schedule most of the time. Fully packed buses and trains, especially during rush hour makes it a bit inconvenient and unsortable to travel with buses and trains.
Above Price 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
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- Temple of the tooth relic
- Entire ground transportation as per the itinerray
- English-speaking tour guide
- Meeting arrangements at the airport on arrival and departure.
- The above are nett and include all government taxes
The above Price includes following services
- 24-hour medical service/doctor on call
- 24 hours assistance of a local tour operator
- Service of national tour guide throughout the tour
- Entire ground transportation as per the tour itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle
The above Price does not include
- Entrance fees for optional sites and activities
- Royal botanical garden
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
- Any meals not specified, throughout the tour
- Any other services not specified.
Kandy One-Day Trip (Private)
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.
TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH
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 of 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 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, a Tea garden, a Tea factory, a Gem museum, Handy craft center
Shopping silk garden, Hemachjandra jewelry, Barefoot and etc