9 Incredible Places to Visit in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is a city of contrasts. A mix of beauty and pollution, old British colonialism and Buddhism, it jolts the senses.

The city’s heart is the serene Bogambara  (or Kandy) Lake where ducks swim. But beyond that, the streets are a riot of noise and color, confusion and congestion.

If you visit Sri Lanka, chances are Kandy will be on your itinerary. Because, despite the chaos, some Kandy attractions are simply astounding.

Photo: Gem museum, Kandy

Temple of the Tooth

The tooth is the holiest relic in Sri Lanka – legend has it that the person guarding the tooth has the authority to be the rightful king.


Photo: Temple of the Tooth

Climbing up the stairs behind the Buddha, we were treated to a glorious Kandy view point with panoramic views of the city.


Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Photo: Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Peradeniya botanical garden

What to see? An extensive collection of orchids, a fabulous cannonball fruit tree, avenues framed by towering palms and so much more!


Photo: Peradeniya botanical garden

Kandy War Cemetery

Wandering around the manicured grounds blooming with flowers, it was quite sad to read the tombstones of the many men and women who died young – just in their early 20s.


Geragama Tea Factory

On a tour, we learned how the tea pickers pluck the leaves, saw the cleaning and processing of tea, and tasted various teas.


Photo: Geragama Tea Factory

Kandy Lake

The small island in the center of the lake is said to have been connected to the king’s palace by a secret tunnel and used for swimming and bathing by his harem.