Two days are fine to reach the general sightseeings in the city. Food is good and many options to fit your stomach.
This was our least favourite city in Sri Lanka - it's hot, very busy and congested with traffic, very few decent places to eat for the size of the city and our visit to the Temple of the Tooth was spoiled by it being so busy and overrun with visitors that it was impossible to enjoy the experience there.
We were glad to get way from Kandy although our lovely guest house that we stayed in up in the hills above the city was one of the highlights of our stay in Sri Lanka so it wasn't all bad!
Kandy is a super central location to do short trips or launch your trip to other parts of Sri Lanka. I recommend visiting the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the Temple of the Tooth.
In MHO, the Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage has gone down in quality and become much more commercialised in recent years but many people still enjoy a short trip there to view the bathing elephants. From Kandy, you can catch the Badulla line train that takes you through amazing views of the hill country. Reserved tickets get sold up quick so try to get your tickets as early as possible.
Kandy is a nice city with a cool hill-station like climate,ideal for 1-2 days stay,homestays here are very comfortable and worth experiencing,there are places of religious interests and overall a nice place to visit in Sri Lanka
A fun place with lots of variety and set in the mountains where the climate and scenery are agreeable.
Nice city, less chaotic than Colombo. Good shopping in comparison to other areas, decent mall. On the way to, from Kandy there are leather goods shops, good for picking up poufs, chairs, bags etc, haggle for a good price.
Nice lake tho very dirty. The sacred temple is good to see, don't go on a Poya day or you'll squished. Wear white and cover up shoulders, legs etc. Helgas Folly is worth a visit, a tuk can take you, really interesting and has lots of monkeys about. A night or two is all that's needed. The train rides in and out are good and in Nuwara eliya you can pick up cheap outdoor clothing brands like north face, Patagonia, burton etc, normally seconds from stalls around the back of the Main Street. Bargain hard. Best place I recommend staying is Ana Shanti villa in Kandy, immaculately clean, lovely staff, fab breakfast, good price and they can arrange drivers etc for trips etc. it's also walking distance to the city, maybe 20mins around the lake, to the mall, temple, Kandy dancers etc. The garden cafe is close by too for a nice local lunch or dinner.
overall boring place. nightlife near to zero. you can spend time at botanical garden, kandy lake with Relic temple.
i also wathced cultural show near relic temple which was not much enjoyable. few people like Pinnawala elephant orphanage but i did not like to visit there
A beautiful city situated around the lake. Has good eateries and bakeries. The Sri Lankan cultural shows in the evening are really very good and depict the history and culture of the country.
Kandy is a nice and clean city compared t the other cities in Sri Lanka. There are plenty of places around for your shopping needs.
Beautiful breathtaking sights are the most precious part of the Kandy tour.
We enjoyed Kandy but it is the second largest city in Sri Lanka and the traffic is horrendous. Shopping was nothing special but there are some very good local places to eat.
Kandy is a bit more touristy than Colombo so some prices are inflated. There are numerous scams from tuk-tuk drivers that occur everywhere but beware of the Ayurvedic massage as your driver may take you to a place that is well below standard. Tea factories, gem shops, the standard tuk-tuk stops abound in Kandy. Getting around from the hills takes a tuk-tuk. Staying in town, many things can be seen whilst walking. It's a good place to spend a couple nights and explore the surrounding areas. Mountains around Nuwara Eliya are spectacular. People, as with every other part of the country we visited, were so eager to smile and say hello. The highlight of our journey was the people of Sri Lanka. Always friendly and smiling as well as helpful.
It was a bit of a disappointment for us. We were expecting more, especially that everyone always rave about Kandy.
They shops close very early at night. There are some great restaurants but they also close around 9-10pm. Not much to do with small children. Of course the views are great and we enjoyed our visit to the bathic and wood carving factories. The people are very friendly and of course the Golden Temple was great. I will not recommend a tour guide there. They do take advantage and tries to make as much money as possible. We enjoyed it but expected more.........
Nice green city with a lake in the middle. Sacred tooth relic temple is the main attraction of the city.
You can plan to go to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Paradiniya as they are worth a visit. A nice vantage point to see the temple, lake and the city in general.
Beautiful place . We stayed by the lake . The temple was good to see but men wear long trousers or you will find you will be wearing a sarong as my husband & son had to !!! If you want to eat plenty to chose from if western or local food though I must say the worst meal we had during stay in Sri Lancaster was in 'the pub' in kandy .
My husband ordered chicken sandwich but it was paste . Not good & the most expensive we had aso so avoid .
Very interesting and lively town with good shopping, pubs and restaurants - Victoria Pub and Restaurant especially good for a meal and a few drinks.
The Royal Hotel and Pub is a an old colonial style building with a courtyard pub area and restaurant upstairs - worth a visit just to see the character building. A warm welcome and excellent service in both - good places to relax in the evenings.
Kandy is an enjoyable place to stay for a couple of days, to see places like the Temple of the Tooth, Tea Museum and so on.
It's easy to walk around and our experience was that tuk tuk drivers were generally fair in their pricing, given a little negotiation. Places to eat at night seem limited, but we really enjoyed the rice and curry at the Empire Cafe - though you need to eat early as were were told they close about 8pm.
Kandy itself is nothing special. Lots to do outside the city though so I would advise you book a driver or tuk tuk and go and explore.
Trains around Kandy are a good way to travel and cheap with interesting views of the tea plantations and countryside
We really enjoyed our short stay in Kandy. We visited the obligatory tea factory and herbal garden and enjoyed both.
Goods being sold at these places are priced pretty high and I believe what is offered in central markets is pretty much the same at greatly reduced prices. There is fantastic scenery all around this area and we got a driver and vehicle for a day just to show us around. It was well worth the price of about 5000 rupees we paid. Be aware however they will want to take you to certain sites were they get commission on what you spend. We just declined politely if we did not want to go there. We enjoyed traditional Kandy dancers one night. Probably a lot more than we originally expected to. Some of the dancers showed a high degree of acrobatic skill during some of the dances which got the entire crowd whooping and applauding. I reckon Kandy is a 'must see' on a tour of Sri Lanka
One must visit a place called Embakka Temple. It has one of the most beautiful wood carvings. A visit to the DaladaMaligawa at 6:00pm when they carry out the night rituals is a very interesting experience.
If you have seen other temples I wouldn't bother coming here unless like us you needed to due to the travel time.
Kandy is so old and charming and civilized. Kandy lake is a divine place to go, and the tooth relic. This city is unforeseeable beautiful.
..I never know in a world there is a magic mixed place: European style buildings, Sri Lanka style temple, peaceful lake and mountain, huge buthda siting on top of the mountain, India food....it suits you any dream to go there...and the bunch of elephants swimming in the river....
The city is overrated and I would not vivid it twice. The location is beautiful; the city is hidden among the hills.
It lacks however the basic ingredients to make a touristic success. The traffic is horrible and air filled with diesel particles. Restaurants are mediocre at best. The tooth temple is basically the only place worth seeing. 3-4 hours is everything you need to get a good impression of Kandy.
Kandy gives us a better impression than Colombo because of the great amount of things to do, see or discover.
The temple of tooth visit just before a nice walk around the lake is a must-do in Sri-Lanka.
Famous for the Budhist temple of the tooth Kandy has this stunning temple and lots more including the historic Queen's hotel.
This is the area of ancient kings and Kandy masks as well as drums, dancing and even its own special way to wear the sari. A very colourful and historic town especially if you can visit during the perahera when the town moves to the procession of gaily attired elephants, fire eaters, fire dancers and other colourful pageantry. A very special place but with dreadful traffic congestion.
Kandy is very much a busy city, but if you're staying out of the city centre as we were,it was worthwhile stay for the 2 nights we were there.
The purpose of us going to Kandy was to get the train to Nurawa Eliya
Very quirky town, nice people, beautiful mix of culture and scenery. However, the concierge at the Queen's hotel wasn't among the nice people we met.
We came in to inquire about dinner and availability for August then sat at the sofa in reception area to wait for our car. He insisted we had to get out of the hotel (which we did gladly as by that time the damp and worn out furniture of the place started to dampen our mood too).
Kandy is a must of you are visiting Sri Lanka. The people are friendly and welcoming. The scenery is amazing.
The city is surrounded by lush green rolling hills with some spectacular views. I would recommend staying up in the hills and using the cheap taxi services to the city centre and lake area. watching the traditional Kandy dancers is a must if you want to see some traditional and cultural aspects of this region. 3 days / 2 nights is long enough to visit. Highly recommend a visit to Kandy.
Peaceful place with nice atmosphere, perfect for relax and some sightseeing. Nothing special or great around just a nice place to visit.
You should dress your self in proper clothing when visiting temples. There are good places to eat and shop within the Kandy City.
There is ample parking at the city car park which ajoins the only shopping arcade/mall. You can have a peaceful walk around the Kandy Lake or even take a boat ride. Places to visit would be the temples, botanical park, war cemetery, knuckles mountain range for hiking.
You can enjoy the city in all aspects , all sides , it's an UNESCO heritage site , the best time to visit I beleve July to August , finding the tooth festival pagents at royal palace , the city relax you all the time , botanical gardens & temple of tooth relic are most attracted , lot to explore there during you visit , it is good , search on Internet about the city & beware of took took drivers !! As they charge different rates unless they are not a meter taxi !!!