1 – The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (1 hour west of Kandy). Watch the babies taking milk and the great herd river bathing. Or visit smaller and more intimate Elephant establishments nearby instead.
2 – The Peradeniya Botanical gardens – world famous, exotic tropical park & garden with exceptional Orchid houses.
3 – The Temple of Buddha’s Tooth.
4 – Traditional Cultural Dance and Firewalking show (1 hour daily at 5pm).
5 – Tea Factory & Gem museums plus the colourful food market and opportunities for batiks and handicrafts souvenir shopping.
6 – Half day excursion to the three ancient and serene Buddhist Temples near Kandy – Lankatilaka/Embekka/Gadaladeniya.
7 – If booked on a Rainbow Tour during the annual Perahera Elephant procession season in Kandy (July/Aug), we can also secure seat tickets for you locally at varying prices.
8 – Half Day excursion with lunch to Tamarind Gardens Farm, near Digana. (30 mins from central Kandy) Run by a retired Sri Lankan couple, whose working life was in London, Tamarind Gardens is a beautifully located Homestay overlooking the Victoria lake combined with a dairy farm (25+ much loved Jersey cows!) and many projects in the local village. Nalin is a talented chef and trains local apprentices in his skills, while Ayesha focusses on handicraft production among the local women and setting up a primary school. A village tour to view their many inspiring projects is offered in addition to a gourmet lunch with ingredients from the farm – especially fresh baked scones and clotted cream to rival any UK “Devonshire cream tea”!Enjoy a genuine local experience well away from the tourist circuit. Tamarind Gardens – Digana, Kandy
9 – By appointment (2 to 3 hours) visiting the stunning hilltop studio of one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated artists. A tea-time special for those genuinely interested in contemporary art to exchange/share ideas & experiences with the internationally acclaimed Rahju and his daughter. Guided tour through the beautifully located and newly built “Jungle Gallery” – with, of course, no obligation to buy! https://www.pepper.life/friends-in-high-places
3 – Fascinating archeological remains of the former capital city of Polonnaruwa.
NB. All 3 sites can be combined in a rather long day (7am to 7pm) – though most omit Polonnaruwa on this day trip.
4 – Spice Garden visit to learn about natural Ayurvedic medicine using herbs/leaves/oils that is still widely practiced on the island (educational).
5 – “The Rose Quartz” mountain, nr Dambulla. Largest such mountain range in Asia set in the biggest Iron Wood forest in Sri Lanka – plus ancient remains of a former civilisation. “an extraordinary experience in Nature”. Website: www.jathikanamaluyana.com
Other Kandy day tours options available
KANDY DAY TOURS - HILL COUNTRY tours (South of Kandy) can include:
1 – To Nuwara Eliya – the former British Tea Planter’s capital – including the Ramboda waterfall, visit to a working Tea Factory and a city sightseeing drive around, including the traditional old British “Hill Club”. Option for scenic train one way (subject to ticket availability) and road back.
2 – Full day to Kitulgala for “White River Rafting” – long day! (west of Kandy).
3 – Visit the ancient, aboriginal “Vedda” peoples in their Reservation, passing breathtaking scenery along the Victoria dam and with time at one of the island’s most celebrated Buddhist Temple shrines in Mahiyanganaya (East of Kandy).
Kandy day tours – Let us have your suggestions
KANDY DAY TOURS - CLIMBING ADAM’S PEAK MOUNTAIN (Sri Pada):
Allow for 1 overnight and a 3 hour drive each way ex-Kandy.
The official climbing season is between the December and April full moons, when the steps are floodlit all night and shops/cafes are open along the way.
Full moon times are best avoided as up to 500,00 (mainly local) pilgrims can gather up there!!
The ascent is also possible during the remainder of the year by torchlight overnight or daytime with a hired trekker – but weather is less reliable.
As part of a Kandy day tours package, we can arrange the climb for you with transport and hotel accommodation at the Base Camp village with or without trekker support.