Kandy is the ideal base to explore the hills of Sri Lanka. The gateway to the chilly climes, Kandy itself has plenty of things to do, while also serving as a base for longer stays and visits to nearby noteworthy locations.
Discover the ancient royal city of Kandy with a local. Admire lush nature, be amazed at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and find out more about Kandy’s rich history and culture.
Exploring Kandy’s culture and heritage will take guests to Sigiriya and Dambulla, nominated as UNESCO World Heritage sites, famed for their architectural design, ancient paintings, water gardens and amazing views.
Uncover nature’s secrets
Located just 5.5km to the west of the city of Kandy, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya attracts around 2 million visitors annually. The perfectly manicured lawns cover 147 acres and include more than 4,000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. While officially established under the British colonial government in 1843, the park’s history dates back to the 14th century and is tied to the Kandyan Kingdom. It is an experience not to be missed when venturing out around Kandy.
An overnight stay in Kandy provides the perfect start for a trek to the hills. Lending itself to many hiking and camping trips, guests can venture out on treks to Uthuwankanda, Dothulugala mountain, Hunnasgiriya and Adam’s Peak, as well as shorter hikes to Deanston Mini World’s End and along the Horton Plains trail.