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  • From Colombo: 4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Heritage Tour

    1. From Colombo: 4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Heritage Tour

    After pickup from your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia, drive to Dambulla. Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site then spend overnight in Sigiriya. On day two get an early start and drive to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Polonnaruwa. Take a cycling tour through the well-preserved ancient city to see the beautiful stupas or dagobas, moonstones, parks, buildings and stunning statues. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the 5th-century rock fortress of Sigiriya, regarded as one of the Wonders of World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend overnight in Sigiriya.   On day three after leisurely breakfast, visit an archetypal Sri Lankan village. Experience a bullock cart ride, see traditional cultivation methods, enjoy a boat ride and an authentic Sri Lankan lunch at a village house. After lunch, continue to Kandy, stopping at a wood ...

  • From Kandy: Ancient Heritage of Sri Lanka 2-Day Guided Tour

    2. From Kandy: Ancient Heritage of Sri Lanka 2-Day Guided Tour

    Embark on a 2-day tour of Sri Lanka’s cultural history, including one of its most famous National Parks. Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura, Dambulla Golden Cave Temple, and Wilpattu National Park.   Day 1: Kandy – Dambulla – Anuradhapura Start your journey at 7:00 AM with hotel pickup in Kandy. Hop into an air-conditioned vehicle and head for Dambulla to your first stop: the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Marvel at the hundreds of Buddha figurines and other deities scattered across the 5 main caves. You’ll also see the giant golden Buddha statue just a little distance outside the cave complex and hear the tales of this ancient kingdom.   Afterwards, head to Anuradhapura where you’ll check into your hotel for a short rest. In the evening, explore the Sacre...

  • From Bentota: Kandy Tour with Tooth Temple & Gardens Visit

    3. From Bentota: Kandy Tour with Tooth Temple & Gardens Visit

    The day begins with hotel pickup in Bentota. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle through mountain valleys and tea plantations to Kegalle, and take in the delicious aromas of its spice gardens which attracted merchants from all over the world to the ports of Sri Lanka.   Continue on to the ancient capitol of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Explore the the area surrounding Kandy Lake and check out the Hindu and Buddhist temples within the Natha Devale. The next stop on the route is the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, home to over 8,000 different species of trees and plants. Finally, visit a local tea factory and relax with a cup of unblendes, fresh Ceylon tea before the retu...

  • From Kandy: Private Guided Hike to Heeloya

    4. From Kandy: Private Guided Hike to Heeloya

    Immerse yourself in the culture and scenery of rural Sri Lanka on this all-encompassing hike. After getting picked up from your hotel in Kandy, head to the trail starting point and listen to a brief route overview from your guide before beginning your trek. Pass by scrubby hills, light woods and rice paddy fields as you get closer to the village, stopping for regular breaks along the way to reenergize with water and energy bars. Reach the village of Heeloya after approximately 1 hour of trekking. Here you will discover a traditional self-sustaining and remote Sri Lankan village. Get introduced to the village elder who will tell you more about the traditional customs of the village and accompany a farmer to the paddy fields to learn more about the traditional step cultivation method used in the region. Afterwards, visit the fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, where you will help harves...

  • From Colombo: Private 2-Day Sri Lanka Highlights Trip

    5. From Colombo: Private 2-Day Sri Lanka Highlights Trip

    Start your private tour around the magical island of Sri Lanka at Colombo International Airport. Meet your knowledgeable local driver and guide and get transported to your hotel in Colombo. Get a good night's sleep before embarking on your tour. After breakfast the following morning, head to an elephant orphanage in a small village and meet some of the gentle giants native to Sri Lanka. Learn how the center rehabilitates young elephants who have been displaced and readies them for re-entry to their natural habitat. Then head to the city of Kandy to tour a spice and herb garden. Get to know some of the most important local spices, including coriander, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, and their uses. Afterwards, check out the fruits of some other local industries, including gem crafting, woodcarving, and batik. Finally, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Si...

  • From Kandy: "Ethos of Ceylon" 2-Day Cultural Triangle Tour

    6. From Kandy: "Ethos of Ceylon" 2-Day Cultural Triangle Tour

    Embark on a 2-day guided tour of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle as well as one of its most famous National Parks. Immerse yourself in the ancient history of this region and get to know life as a villager.    Day 1: Kandy – Polonnaruwa – Minneriya – Sigiriya Start your journey with pickup from your Kandy hotel at 6:30 AM in an air-conditioned vehicle and head to Polonnaruwa to visit the Ancient Kingdom. Walk through the ruins of this city that flourished between the 10th and 13th century AD. View important monuments such as Gal Vihara, Vatadage, the lotus bath, Lankathilaka Temple, and the statue of King Parakramabahu, whose reign was considered the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa. Get to know more about Sri Lanka’s ancient history before heading to Minneriya National Park. In the park, take a 3-hour safari to catch glimpses of over 150 elephants, who congregate in one place during the dry sea...

  • From Kandy: Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour

    7. From Kandy: Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour

    Take a full day excursion out to Sigiriya, where you'll visit two fascinating sites: the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a cave complex full of Buddhist imagery, and Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a massive column of rock turned into a fortress. After pickup at 7:00 AM from your hotel in Kandy, head out of the city towards the first site. On the way, admire Sri Lanka’s countryside and villages as you journey to this atmospheric cliff side cave complex packed with Buddhist imagery and frescoes.   Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, which dates back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Guatama Buddha. Admire the hundreds of figurines of the Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the 5 main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, the Cave of the Great King, and the Great New Monastery, as well as the giant golden Buddha statue ...

  • From Kandy: Nuwara Eliya by Train

    8. From Kandy: Nuwara Eliya by Train

    Start your tour at 7:30 AM from your hotel in Kandy, where you will be picked up by your chauffeur. You will be taken you to the Kandy or Peradeniya railway station at approximately 8:00 AM, depending on respective availability.  The train departs at approximately 8:30 AM. Enjoy a scenic ride of about 3 hours through some of the most beautiful highland countryside areas in Sri Lanka. See the vast green hills of the tea plantations and spot the picturesque villages with misty mountain backdrops. Enjoy the amazing sights of intimidating mountains, deep and dark woodlands, and magnificent waterfalls as they go by your window.  Arrive at Nanuoya at 12:15 PM where your guide will meet you at the station, which has been serving Nuwara Eliya for over a century. After you stretch your legs a little, your guide will take you to Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy the thrilling half-hour drive up the winding ro...

  • Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

    9. Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

    Visit the Ramboda Falls and a Tea Factory with a guided tour through a tea estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods and qualities of tea. Later go on a scenic tour in Nuwara Eliya City, the highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas and beautiful mansions. Make memories in the old red-bricked post office and relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory. Visit the beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, with its montane grasslands and cloud forests. Enjoy the majestic views from the precipice of World's End and the cooling sprays from Baker's Falls. Catch glimpses of the many endemic fauna that make their home in the plains. Get to know more about the archaeological finds that were discovered in...

  • Colombo or Negombo: Temple of the Tooth Kandy Day Trip

    10. Colombo or Negombo: Temple of the Tooth Kandy Day Trip

    Your day will begin with pickup from your Colombo or Negombo hotel from where you will transfer to Kandy. En route to Kandy you will visit a tea factory and a tea plantation. You will later visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, which was formed by Alexandar Moon in 1821 during the British colonial period. He used the garden for coffee and cinnamon plants, and the garden includes more than 4,000 species of plants including orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees. Following the gardens you will enjoy lunch at a recommended restaurant, after which you will visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. This is the site that Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth relic calls home. The Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic is the most sacred and venerated temple in Sri Lanka, and is a must-see when visiting Sri Lanka. You will then enjoy a Kandy city tour which will include time for shopping. Fol...

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What people are saying about Kandy

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Amazing memories for lifetime!

This was the most expensive activity we purchased on our trip (125 EUR/person) and so we were a bit hesitant at the beginning. Retrospectively we can say that it paid off. First, the service of Beyond Escapes is super professional and we had few calls before we purchased. We needed to be picked up in Habarana instead of Kandy and we wanted to include Pidurangala Rock in the itinerary. Both were no problem at no additional costs. Our driver Suresh was taking care of us the whole day - excellent companion with fluent English. First stop Sigiriya with a local knowledgeable guide (make sure you are there at 7am!), then Pidurangala rock (highly recommend to do both!). Buffet all-you-can-eat lunch included (except drinks) and Suresh also took us to a silk factory on the way where we could try the typical Sri Lankan dresses, and showed us a video about gems mining in Sri Lanka - so interesting! Dambulla cave with a guide who could have better English, and Spice Garden at the end. Recommend.

I realised that in Sri Lanka there was a agency taking care of every Get Your Guide tour and their customer service was great. Overtime I sen an email with questions, they answer within 1 hour and also when I tried calling they answered right away. I just think they should be very clear about the fact that the drivers are not tour guides. And also, how the drivers deal with the local guides at every activity it makes the client a bit uncomfortable and not knowing how much to tip them. The description of the Day Experience is clear that tips are not included, but we never expect so many stops on the way and so many moments to give out tips... Other than that the place is amazing. Gorgeous. Very busy like every tourist attraction but worth it.

Highly recommend!!! I was picked up on time. The trips were fast and safe. The guide Dhanushka was very friendly and responded to my wishes. I got a lot of useful informations about the tour and the sights. You really don't have to worry about anything anymore. That's how it should be on holiday. Thank you.

Great guide and interesting tour

We loved the tour that was not only containing what we booked (trip to Sigirya and Dambulla) but also small yet very interesting and insightful stops on a wood carving factory and a spice garden. Great tour and value for money.

Fantastic day, great knowledgeable and friendly guide, stunning scenery and beautiful food. Perfect!