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Set amidst rolling hills and a scenic lake, Kandy was the cultural and religious capital of Sri Lanka dating back to the 14th century and Sri Lanka's last stronghold before European colonial powers overtook the Kandyan kings. It is best known for its Temple of the Tooth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the annual Perahera festival, featuring lively parades of elephants, dancers and musicians for 10 days.
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Stop by temples, including the Bahirawakanda Monastery, topped by a giant white statue of the Buddha that is visible all over Kandy. Here you can join the local monks at prayers and have a private tour of areas of the monastery normally off-limits to visitors, such as the kitchens and living quarters.
Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
Drive one hour from Kandy to visit the elephant orphanage at Pinnewala. Many elephants here were separated from their herds or lost parents to poachers. Remote Lands can arrange for visitors to help their loving "mahouts," or handlers, feed them.
Temple of the Tooth
Visit the Temple of the Tooth, home to a genuine tooth of Buddha, which legend says was retrieved from the Buddha’s funeral pyre. The sacred city of Kandy was the last capital of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese kings, and the Temple of the Tooth, located within the royal palace complex, helped the city receive a World Heritage Site designation from UNESCO. Visit in the evening in time for the 7:30 p.m. puja, or blessing.
Enjoy a private tour of a highly regarded spice and herb garden. Learn about the fascinating benefits to body and mind – not to mention cuisine – of such plants and roots as turmeric, citronella grass, vanilla pods, cocoa pods, peppercorns, aloe vera, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, curry leaves, and more.
Visit a local batik-making workshop. Originally a craft imported from Indonesia, a batik is a piece of 100 percent cotton or silk fabric that is put through a highly intricate, multi-step process of stenciling, wax application, dying, and drying to produce beautiful tapestries, clothing, home wares, and more.
Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple
Just outside of Kandy, visit Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple, named after a Hindu goddess of sickness and healing. At once both unassuming and gaudy, the temple has 1,008 carved figures of Hindu deities on its central tower.
If visiting during August (exact dates vary annually), attend the Kandy Perahera, an extravagant pageant paying homage to the tooth relic with a nightly procession through town that lasts 10 nights and grows progressively larger. Pageant participants include gaily decorated elephants, torch-bearers, dancers, drummers, and Kandyan chieftains.
Stop at a highly reputable Kandy jeweller and have a privately guided tour of its workshop with a senior gemologist. Throughout its history, Sri Lanka’s precious stones have been coveted by locals and foreign powers alike. The island is best known for three varieties of sapphire – light blue, royal blue and the exceedingly rare cornflower blue
Spend 12 days exploring Sri Lanka’s must-see spots on this exciting 12-day journey. You’ll stay in some of Sri Lanka’s most luxury hotels, as you take in a cricket match in Colombo, explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Dambulla, visit an ancient monastery in Kandy, tour a tea plantation and take a cooking class.
Gear up for the best day of your life and celebrate your love in style with an unforgettable honeymoon on this romantic tour of Sri Lanka. Spend quality time together in historic cities and scenic wildlife and kick off your married life with a picture-perfect wedding day on the beach.
The perfect setting for your big day, the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka invites you to explore its beauty on a 10-day pre- and post-wedding tour that will ensure you never forget a moment. Explore the ancient treasures and stunning landscapes of this island nation, and start your married life off in style.
Explore Sri Lanka by bike on this exhilarating 11-day quest through its most picturesque, fascinating sites and cities. You’ll stop at ancient Buddhist temples, cycle past wild animals, take a safari ride through a national park, and make friends with tea workers, all while staying at the country’s most luxury hotels.
Play with elephants, relax as the kids swim in the Indian Ocean and fall asleep to the calming ocean lull while staying in a floating house on this 13-day luxurious Sri Lankan holiday. With hiking, elephant trekking and rafting in store, there’s plenty of action to keep the kids busy and still time for you to relax.
Sri Lanka is the perfect setting for the family vacation of your dreams. Play with baby elephants in Pinnawala, explore the vibrant coral reefs, hike archaeological ruins and catch a stunning tangerine sunset with loved ones. This is 13-day luxury journey will create special, lasting family memories.
Take a thrilling trip through India and Sri Lanka, spending 16 days meandering from Mumbai’s iconic Bollywood, down the backwaters of Kerala, exploring colonial Cochin. You’ll fly onwards to Sri Lanka, where you’ll explore its ancient wonders like the Temple of Tooth, all the while staying in luxury hotels.
On this two-week tour of beautiful Sri Lanka, discover the country’s hidden treasures, from historic colonial towns to its lush jungles, rainforests and tea terraces. Savor the views and allow yourself to be enchanted by ancient culture.
Step back in time without leaving any luxury behind on this 14-day journey through Sri Lanka’s most important heritage sites. Picnic atop an ancient rock fortress, take an exciting safari through Yala National Park and visit the revered UNESCO site, Anuradhapura. This adventure offers insight into ancient cultures.
Spend an unforgettable 10 days touring the beautiful island of Sri Lanka for a romantic honeymoon filled with stunning sights and spectacular scenery. From ancient ruins to whale-infested waters, this trip is packed with treasures that will guarantee your newlywed life starts in style.
This pre- and post-wedding tour of the treasures of Sri Lanka has it all, from ancient history and culture to natural beauty and, most importantly, romance. Create unforgettable memories as you prepare for your big day and embark on the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Get up-close and personal with Sri Lanka on this revealing 12-day helicopter tour. You’ll stay in the country’s best hotels, while visiting ancient cities and seeing their age-old ruins and important religious sites like the Temple of Tooth, as you’re graced with incredible bird’s-eye views aboard your helicopter.
Imaginative architect Geoffrey Bawa inspires this 13-day itinerary just as beautiful Sri Lanka inspired his creative works. In addition to seeing Bawa’s final creation and other beautiful buildings, you will bike through the lush Ceylon Tea fields and see one of Buddha’s actual teeth on this luxurious tour.
It’s a sun-soaked adventure on this 13-day Sri Lankan east coast holiday. Give surfing a try on the famous Arugam Bay beach, bike through the lush Ceylon tea fields, view a tooth belonging to the revered Buddha and relax by the sea in luxury. Your incredible memories will last much longer than your golden tan.
Spend nearly an entire month - 26 days - traveling in luxury through India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. You’ll visit religiously-important and UNESCO-listed sites including temples and palaces, watch baby sea turtles hatch in Tangalle, and relax at your luxury beachside resort on the stunning Kaafu Atoll.
Embark on the ultimate adventure with this eight-day tour of Sri Lanka’s most exciting sights. From midnight hikes and discovering ancient treasures to beachside action and fast-paced watersports, this trip will leave you exhilarated and invigorated.
Sri Lanka is paradise for trekkers. On this 10-day trip, you’ll trek through the rainforest, tea plantations and even along the famous pilgrimage route to Adam’s Peak to catch the tangerine sun climbing above the mountaintops. Encounter diverse wildlife, birdlife and friendly locals on this luxury trekking adventure.
Discover the fantastic hikes and trails that wind their way over and around the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka. Gear up for incredible treks to soaring peaks and down through lush valleys, showcasing the country’s flora, fauna and natural treasures.
Earl's Regency Hotel
Located in the centre of Kandy, just a short drive from the railway station and the famous Temple of the Tooth, Earl's Regency Hotel is a luxurious property with splendid views of the mountains around Kandy. All its rooms are air-conditioned and come with a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a TV with satellite channels. Free WiFi is available in the public areas. The hotel also has a 24-hour coffee shop, as well as the sumptuous Far Pavilions restaurant, which offers local and international cuisine. The spa has massage rooms, a sauna and steam room, and there are also tennis and badminton courts.
Set in a wonderfully restored colonial building overlooking the rolling hills of Kandy is the luxurious Elephant Stables. Attention to detail is evident throughout, from the range of cottage-style rooms and suites, right down to the swimming pool, on-site restaurant and surrounding gardens that offer a superb place to relax and wind down after a day of exploring. Warmly decorated and nicely furnished, rooms here include impressive hardwood flooring, spacious comfy beds and a range of modern facilities such as air conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar and safe. Away from the luxurious rooms, Elephant Stables boasts a signature ‘Green Room Restaurant’ that serves Indian, Thai and international favorites, and guests can also relax by the pool on one of the lavish sun loungers overlooking the greenery.
This historic dwelling was once the ancestral home of a Kandyan family and was restored to its former splendor in 2005 by Channa Daswatte, Geoffrey Bawaâ€™s protege. The two-story main house is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, which have avocado, jackwood, papaya, Sri Lankan orange and Kithul trees - the perfect setting for afternoon tea complete with Kandy Houseâ€™s desserts made with treacle from Kithul blossoms. Each of the nine guest rooms is furnished with stunning Dutch antique furniture, many with a four-poster bed. The modern en-suite bathrooms provide a washed concrete-style double vanity area and shower area, and a stately Victorian bath. The Verandah rooms - Peacock Royal and Red Spot Duke - are the hotelâ€™s most spacious rooms which open onto a wide wrap-around verandah, dotted with cane chaises lounges, reading chairs and antiques. Although there is no Internet connection and cell phone service is patchy, guests will find plenty to do here with yoga classes, Ayurvedic treatments and hikes through Kandyâ€™s flora and fauna. The restaurant serves Western and Sri Lankan fare, all prepared with seasonal produce fresh from the Kandy market, and homemade cakes and cookies are available at teatime.