The air of royalty, history and divinity surrounds the capital of culture in Sri Lanka that was once a dwelling for the mighty ancient kingdom of Kandy.
How To Get There
Coming from Colombo bus station from the main city would take 4 hours but it is the most economical option. Otherwise, the train would promise a scenic journey as it passes through the beautiful terrains of Sri Lanka. Kandy’s railway is conveniently connected to other big cities in the country.
What To Do
The idyllic Kandy Lake beckons a morning stroll around the waters. This iconic city attraction is built by the last ruler of the kingdom of Kandy in 1807. Walking around the lake will also bring you to Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) that safeguards a tooth relic from Buddha.
Spend some hours at the Royal Botanic Garden; a place formerly exclusive only to Kandyan royals. The beautiful garden spans across 60 hectares with over 10,000 trees. If time permits, there are museums with national exhibits to a tea factory and Buddhism displays. For the arts and cultural scene, check out the dancing and drum shows in Kandy.
Where To Stay
OZO Kandy Sri Lanka is just minutes away from the city’s main attractions; it is no-brainer that travellers find a resting place in its stylish contemporary rooms. The 4-star hotel’s rooftop pool also boasts of an elevated view of the city.
Where To Eat
Devon Restaurant & Bakery is a popular eatery to try their “rice box” that serves basmati rice, chicken or vegetable curry. More authentic and cheap local food can be found in Hela Bojun Hala; a traditional food court in Sri Lanka built to empower rural women. Go to any tea shops or parlours to enjoy authentic Sri Lankan tea and recharge in peace.
Good To Know
• Travellers can rent and drive their own Sri Lankan tuktuk in the city. Find out more at tuktukrental.com
• The Sinhalese New Year is a major event in Sri Lanka in mid-April every year so travelling during this festive period can be challenging.
Text by Jessy Wong