Kandy Day Tour

Cultural hotspot Kandy, the last capital of a pre-colonial Sri Lankan kingdom, is a must-visit. As well as touring the city, you'll also visit a spice garden, a tea plantation and botanical gardens. Aashvi, one of our expert local guides, says, 'Kandy's most famous and magnificent temple houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, one of the most revered artifacts in Buddhism. The temple complex is a tranquil contrast to the city itself, which is a hive of activity with tree-lined streets crammed with hawkers, tuk-tuks, and vintage buses.'

It's almost non-stop action on this cultural tour. As you weave through the central highlands, you'll stop at a fragrant spice garden in Mawanella and a tea plantation and factory – for a proper cuppa of Ceylon tea – in Giragama. The sight of undulating hills covered in row after row of tea plants is one of the most emblematic images of Sri Lanka. Aashvi adds, 'Tea is the world's favourite drink if you discount water, with the highest consumption of any beverage. Good quality tea like that found in Sri Lanka contains a high level of polyphenol, which is a health-promoting antioxidant.'

As part of your city tour of Kandy, you'll visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to Buddha's tooth – and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which are home to more than 4,000 species of plants. To make the day extra special, a traditional lunch is included.

At a glance

What you will experience

See Royal Botanical Gardens

Guided tour around the historic city centre of Kandy

Blessings in the Temple of the Tooth

Experience how tea is processed


Length of the tour

1 Day

Best time for this tour

All Seasons




Program Sequence

Royal Botanic Garden

The Botanical Gardens in Kandy are known for their beautiful flowers and trees; especially orchids. The title "royal" comes from the fact that it was once only available to the Kandyan royalty. Covering 80 hectares of land, this is Sri Lanka's largest and most impressive botanical garden.

The Temple of the Tooth

Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Golden Temple or Temple of the Tooth, is a revered Buddhist place of worship as it houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A striking feature of the temple is the golden canopy, which makes it easy to spot from a distance.

Kandy city tour

Kandy is the cultural center of Sri Lanka and is known for its natural beauty and traditional ways. Kandy is definitely one of the biggest highlights of Sri Lanka. Take a sightseeing tour of the beautiful city and treat yourself to fantastic views of the heart of Kandy including the viewpoint.

Tea plantation and factory

On the way you will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. You will learn everything about the tea production process. You can also see how tea is rated. Try a cup of pure Ceylon tea at the factory.

Do not miss

Souvenirs from Kandy

Walk around Lake Kandy

Good to know

Maybe helpful:

  • Comfortable and airy clothing, including clothing that covers your shoulders and legs when visiting the temples,

  • Suncream

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunglasses/-hat

  • Bring your passport or official EU identification

Included in this Tour:

  • Transport from Hotel to all places included in the tour and back
  • Bottled Water
  • All Entrancetickets & Fees

  • Guide and Driver


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Real people, real experiences

Fantastic experience, Tony is an expert in what he does, tailor making trips suited to what the customer wants to do. We visited Kandy, Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Spice garden and a Tea factory in one day and Udawalawe national park safari and elephant transit home on another day. Both days were packed full of what Sri Lanka has to offer. We will be back and we will be using Tony's services once again. Thank you

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