Kandy, Sri Lanka
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  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

    Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

    4-star

    Richmond Hill1.2 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.8.Fabulous49 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
  • Sevana City Hotel Kandy

    Sevana City Hotel Kandy

    3-star
    VIP

    Richmond Hill0.3 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.8.Fabulous150 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Sevana City Hotel Kandy
  • OZO Kandy Sri Lanka

    OZO Kandy Sri Lanka

    4-star

    Richmond Hill0.6 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.8.Fabulous109 Hotels.com guest reviews
    OZO Kandy Sri Lanka
  • Jetwing Kandy Gallery

    Jetwing Kandy Gallery

    4-star

    Hantana5.3 miles to city centre

    Jetwing Kandy Gallery
  • Earl's Regent Kandy

    Earl's Regent Kandy

    4-star

    Richmond Hill1.9 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.6.Fabulous38 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Earl's Regent Kandy
  • King of Kandy Hotel

    King of Kandy Hotel

    3-star

    Richmond Hill0.6 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.2.Superb17 Hotels.com guest reviews
    King of Kandy Hotel
  • Earl's Regency

    Earl's Regency

    5-star

    Hantana2.4 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.4.Very Good59 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Earl's Regency
  • Viyana Boutique Hotel

    Viyana Boutique Hotel

    3.5-star

    Richmond Hill0.5 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.0.Superb41 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Viyana Boutique Hotel
  • The Golden Crown Hotel

    The Golden Crown Hotel

    5-star

    Hantana1.9 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.2.Superb29 Hotels.com guest reviews
    The Golden Crown Hotel
  • The Radh Hotel

    The Radh Hotel

    4.5-star
    VIP

    Richmond Hill0.2 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.4.Very Good46 Hotels.com guest reviews
    The Radh Hotel
  • Theva Residency

    Theva Residency

    3.5-star

    Richmond Hill1.2 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.8.Fabulous16 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Theva Residency
  • Hotel Topaz

    Hotel Topaz

    3-star

    Richmond Hill0.8 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.2.Very Good10 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Hotel Topaz
  • Ceyloni City Hotel

    Ceyloni City Hotel

    3-star

    Richmond Hill0.3 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.2.Superb19 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Ceyloni City Hotel
  • VILLA 92 - City Hotel

    VILLA 92 - City Hotel

    2.5-star

    Richmond Hill0.3 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.0.Very Good14 Hotels.com guest reviews
    VILLA 92 - City Hotel
  • Rivora Residence

    Rivora Residence

    3-star

    Richmond Hill1.7 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.0.Superb11 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Rivora Residence
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Kandy Introduction

Set on a vast plateau and surrounded by lush green hills and tea plantations, Kandy is a serene and scenic place. It's no surprise that it was once the home of royalty, or that Buddhist monks built a temple here that's now one of the religion's holiest sites. However, the city centre is a lively place full of modern malls and roads full of colourful tuk-tuks.

Hotels in Kandy

From backpackers to luxury seekers, a diverse range of tourists visit the city, and there are Kandy hotels to suit different budgets. Around the city centre there are lots of 1 and 2-star hotels in Kandy, and you can enjoy a clean, comfortable room for a low nightly rate. Many of these hotels also offer free WiFi and a free breakfast to start your day. Luxury hotels in Kandy tend to be on the outskirts of the city, with mountain or lake views. Many of these have outdoor pools and full-service spas, making them ideal for relaxing, while rooms have features such as premium bedding, cable TV channels, minibars and coffeemakers.

Where to stay

Kandy City Centre is a modern commercial shopping complex, full of banks, shops, restaurants and cafes. Pedestrianised streets run between these modern buildings, and as well as an entertainment zone and food court, the complex contains cheap Kandy hotels. If the heat gets too much, step inside one of the stylish marble-floored shopping malls, which feature popular Asian chain stores. When you tire of the city, Bahirawakanda is an oasis of calm about a 20-minute walk away. Down winding, palm tree-lined roads you'll see a more traditional side to the city, and you can climb towards the Bahirawakanda Temple for the best views, where a giant white Buddha overlooks Kandy.

Things to see

Temple of the Tooth sits inside the royal complex known as the Kingdom of Candy. Every inch of the interior is covered in carvings and gilded designs, and the main shrine holds a gold relic, said to contain a tooth that belonged to Buddha, making it a pilgrimage for followers. The Royal Botanical Gardens were also built by royals back in the 14th century, and cover about 147 acres. Known for its colourful and delicate orchids, you can walk the neat pathways and discover fragrant exotic flowers, palm trees and ponds filled with waterlilies. If you want to learn more about the vast tea plantations that surround the city, visit the Ceylon Tea Museum. There are hilly trails through the tea plants, where you will spot colonial bungalows once occupied by the landowners, and at the heart of it all is an imposing grey industrial building. Take a tour and see the old tea-harvesting equipment, as well as the factory where tea crops are brought in.

How to get to Kandy

Bandaranaike International Airport has flights arriving from across Asia, plus a few from Europe. It's about a 2.5-hour drive from Kandy. There are also buses that run from the terminal, although they can get extremely crowded. A good way to travel in Kandy and the surrounding areas is by train. There are regular train services from Colombo, which make for a scenic mountain journey and you'll get to Kandy in just under 3 hours. Once you're at the station, there are tuk-tuks outside waiting to whisk you to your hotel.

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