Kandy - Last Royal Capital
What we will see:
- Sacred Buddha Tooth Temple,Buddha Tooth Museum
- Bahiravakande Monastery, Buddha Statue on the Hill and The Observation Point
- The 700-year-old Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya, one of the largest in the world, where you can see trees planted by the last Russian emperor, Yuri Gagarin, as well as many kings and presidents
- Picturesque Tea Plantations,Tea Factory
- Elephant Dung Paper Factory and Elephant Museum, Elephant Orphanage
What else you can do while visiting Kandy:
- Participate tea ceremony and do the degustation of more than 10 varieties of tea ($15)
- Ride the Elephant through the jungle ($25)
- Visit batik factory where you can try traditional dresses including kandian sari (the only sari in the world which is different from indian sari)
- National Dance Show
- Traditional agricultural villages, such as Rambutan Village, Pineapple Village, Leather Village and Keshyu Village (passing on the way)
- Gem Museum
Buddha Tooth Temple
Around 540 BC, the deceased Buddha was cremated and four teeth were taken out of the fire, which were transported around the world. The tooth was brought to Ceylon in 371.
The city of Anuradhapura was chosen as the initial storage location, then the tooth was transferred to the city of Polonnaruwa, and already at the beginning of the 18th century it was transported to Kandy.
The shrine, after several centuries in India, was sent to Ceylon IV by the ruler of Kalinga, who suffered defeats in wars and feared for the fate of his state. The relic on the island was transported by the ruler’s daughter, hiding it in her hairdo.
Magical power has long been attributed to this tooth: possessing it, he possessed all the fullness of power. Therefore, the tooth of the Buddha became the possession of the royal dynasty.
Buddha Tooth museum, which displays a variety of offerings donated to the temple, can be visitted here.
Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic Garden, whose history spans over 700 years.The shrubs and trees here are gigantic in size, reminiscent of Gulliver's Travels to Lilliput Kids.
Here we can see the magnificent orchid garden, as well as the Alley of Memorial Trees planted by famous historical figures, among whom are Nicholas II ( Russian King), many British King and Queen and Yuri Gagarin.
Buddha Statue Bahiravakande Observation Deck
Next, we will visit the monumental statue of Buddha, located on top of a hill towering above the city.
Sri Lanka Gem Museum is unique in the Gemological plan. There is no other place on Earth that for thousands of years has been famous for being the birthplace of the best precious stones in the World.
We can see the rarest of them in the Museum of Precious Stones, where we will also get acquainted with the process of extraction and cutting of precious canals.
Tea plantations and tea factory
We will visit a tea plantation and a factory where we can see how it is assembled and produced, and even we can taste the legendary, universally recognized Best Ceylon Tea in the World.
Ceylon tea became the front-runner of the industry and was much loved for its unmatched quality and variety. The alchemy of land, sun and rain in the Paradise Island of Ceylon, as it was known 40 years ago, presents the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea.
Silk and Batik Factory
We will get acquainted with the painstaking technique of making batik using paraffin, wild bee honey, and also learn how to wear traditional Sri Lankan clothes, including unique Kandy sari, which can not be found anywhere else in the world.
Elephant Dung Paper Factory
Elephant Dung Paper Factory is an eco-friendly factory that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making our much talked about paper products from elephant poop fibers!
National Dance Show
Dance plots are borrowed from various features of village life - crop dance, dance with a jug, etc. Dance performers perform in traditional peasant clothes - short blouses and long tight skirts.
Magical dances associated with ancient beliefs exist on the island in our time. Sri Lankans attribute all misfortunes, ailments and troubles to the wrath of the gods and the evil will of demons.
If the disease is caused by the wrath of the gods, then a rite of bali is done to appease the god. The rite is accompanied by dancing, sacrifices and spells.
For a group of 1-3 people . 4 seater car
From Kandy - 55 usd
From Colombo and Negombo - 95 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 125 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 165 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 185 usd
From Trincomalee - 125 usd
From Tangalle - 205 usd
For a group of 4-8 people . Minibus.
From Kandy - 75 usd
From Colombo and Negombo - 125 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 155 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 195 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 205 usd
From Trincomalee - 155 usd
From Tangalle - 235 usd
* To clarify the cost from other locations write or call us.
What is included. Entrance tickets
Included in price:
comfortable 4-seater car with air conditioning
gasoline, parking, toll roads
entrance fees (since you have an individual excursion you can choose what you want to visit and what to skip):
Temple Buddha's tooth - $ 10
Monastery Bahirawakanda and observation deck - $ 10
Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya - $ 10
elephant nursery in Pinnavele - $ 18
elephant Museum + elephant ride + Paper Factory of elephant excrement - $ 25
Tea eremoniya and tea tasting - $ 15
food (lunch in a European restaurant is possible as a buffet - $ 10 per person)