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The Hill Capital of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala kings and is a charming city offering a living record of a magnificent past and is set around an attractive man-made lake in scenic hill country.

It is also the site of Sri Lanka’s greatest annual spectacle, the Esala Perahera festival, a 10-day event held usually in late July or early August – celebrating the sacred tooth allegedly snatched from Buddha’s funeral pyre, which now rests in Kandy’s Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth). Whether the tooth exists or not is unverifiable, as no-one living has seen it. Tooth or no tooth, Esala Perahera is an awesome show. The Dalada Maligawa is located in the centre, alongside the town’s lake. Here, elephants paraded during Esala Perahera can be seen in the courtyards of the temple, along with small shrines dedicated to Buddha. Local women sell lotus flowers to worshippers and monkeys scamper around the buildings. The main temple contains the well-guarded tooth casket, as well as a series of elaborate Buddha images and a detailed legend on how the tooth arrived in Kandy.

Not far from Kandy is the Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary, situated in the hill country. It was set up to care for and protect abandoned or orphaned young wild elephants including babies. Controlled by their mahouts (keepers), around 60 elephants are fed, bathed and cared for at this sanctuary of sorts.

To get you started with planning your holiday to Kandy, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Sri Lanka

Colombo, Caves & Kandy
8 days FROM $1,999

Spend a week exploring Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle, visiting the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the exquisite Dambulla cave temple, the historic Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, meeting Sri Lanka's orphaned elephants at Pinnawala and more.

The Kandy Festival | Sri Lanka
Colombo Caves & Kandy Festival
8 days FROM $2,299

See the best of central Sri Lanka on this all-encompassing tour and join in the festivities of the exhilarating Kandy Festival aka Esala Perahera or The Festival of the Sacred Tooth. Spanning ten days, the annual Buddhist celebration sees the easy-going hill city burst into a vibrant display of dance, music and colourful costumes, plus don’t forget the one hundred strong parade of lavishly decorated elephants.

Leopard | Yala National Park | Sri Lanka
Wild About Sri Lanka
10 days FROM $2,299

Go wild in Sri Lanka visiting Yala, Udawalawe and Bandula National Parks. Add to this Whale Watching in Mirissa and most of the country's famed cultural triangle and you've got an action packed 10 days!

Beach and culture holiday | Sri Lanka
Buddha and Beach
12 days FROM $2,499

Explore Dambulla Rock Temple and ancient Polonnaruwa, visit iconic Sigiriya Rock and meet the elephants at Pinnawala Orphanage. Sip on refreshing Ceylon tea and take a jeep ride into Udawalawe National Park before heading to the idylic beaches of Bentota for some sun, sea, rest and relaxation.

Polonnaruwa | Sri Lanka
Delhi to Colombo
15 days FROM $3,069

Combine the incredible sites of India's Golden Triangle with Sri Lanka's ancient ruins, verdant jungles, cool mountains and amazing wildlife. Explore the legendary Taj Mahal and pink city of Jaipur, Dambulla's rock temple and the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, sip pure Ceylon tea and discover the bustling city of Colombo.

Beach and culture holiday | Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Culture & Beach
8 Days FROM $0

Enjoy a wonderful 8 days exploring the island of Sri Lanka. Head to the caves, temples and ancient wonders of the Cultural Triangle, meet the elephants of Pinnawela and the local villagers of Hiriwaduna before some relaxed beach time at the end.

Tailormade Holidays to Kandy

On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Sri Lanka — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Kandy.

Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy is the former home of the Dunivila family. Surrounded by gorgeous green hills the grounds boast an outdoor pool and al fresco dining. All rooms are elegantly furnished and have great views over the river.

Earl's Regency, Kandy
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Earl's Regency is a comfortable and spacious hotel. The large rooms have views over the gardens and mountains. A mix of international and tradition cuisine is available in the two restaurants and the spa has a range of pampering treatments.

Hotel Topaz, Kandy
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Topaz is a charming hotel with a stunning roof top view. The elegant rooms are spacious with private balconies and good facilities.

Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Hidden amongst lush green tropical gardens, Mahaweli Reach is a beautiful hotel right on the Mahaweli River. This palatial building houses a good number tastefully furnished rooms all with breath taking views of the river or the gardens. The onsite restaurant features an eclectic mix of cuisines from Sri Lanka to European to Chinese. Those with a sweet tooth should sample the famous Mahaweli cakes! Perfectly located on the river just a few minute’s away from the city of Kandy.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

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