Sri Lanka Travel Tours

Kandy Day Tour

Kandy Day Tour

Departing from Colombo or as per your request

Take a day tour from Colombo to the historical city of Kandy to visit the famous Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Kandy is an essential day trip when vacationing in Sri Lanka. Kandy’s drive will take four hours, and we recommend you have your lunch in Kandy city. Our driver will recommend a few good restaurants in Kandy. After lunch, you can visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, followed by the Kandy Museum and a leisurely walk by the Kandy Lake. At about 5 p.m., we will start the return journey, which takes four hours to reach Colombo.

Visiting Kandy during a day tour in Kandy is a must. Kandy is one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka and is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural value. Spread over an area of around 1940 square kilometers, it is counted among the world heritage sites of UNESCO. The city promises a number of tourist attractions that include the Old Royal Palace and the famous Temple of Tooth. The latter consists of the sacred relic of Buddha’s tooth, because of which Kandy is regarded as one of the most sacred places by Buddhists. Other holy spots in Kandy include the Gadaladeniya Temple and the Lankathilake Temple.

Kandy offers an exciting shopping experience with souvenirs ranging from precious stones and handmade laces to stone and wooden carvings. If you visit the city in the month of August, you can get a taste of Kandy Esala Perehera, an annual ritual of the Sacred Tooth Temple. Thus, your vacation can be an enriching and culturally uplifting one if you choose this sacred and beautiful city.

A visit to Peradeniya Botanical Garden during a day tour in Kandy—Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the finest of its kind in Asia and the largest of the botanical gardens of Sri Lanka—couldn’t be better located. In the Mediterranean climate of Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands, the Gardens, at an elevation of 500 meters above sea level, were tightly bounded on three sides by a loop of the River Mahaweli (the Great Sandy River), the largest river in Sri Lanka. The town of Peradeniya is located at a distance of 110km from Colombo, and another 6km over the Peradeniya Bridge and you are in Kandy, home to the sacred Temple of Tooth. 

  • Pick up from your hotel in Colombo and transfer to Kandy (approximately 3 hours’ drive).
  • Visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden. The groundwork for a botanical garden was laid by Alexander Moon in 1821, during the British colonial period. He used the garden for coffee and cinnamon plants. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees.
  • Lunch at a recommended restaurant
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, where Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth relic calls home. The Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic is the most sacred and venerated temple in Sri Lanka and is a must when visiting Sri Lanka.
  • Transfer to Colombo: approximately 4 hours’ drive
Places of visit during this trip
  • Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden
  • Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic
  • Gadaladeniya Temple
  • Lankathilake Temple