Kandy City Tour
Main Highlights : Temple Of Tooth, Kandy Lake , Royal Botanical Garden, Tea Factory, Herbal Garden, Gem Museum, Silk & Batik Shop
What we will visit
What else you can do while visiting Kandy
- Sacred Buddha Tooth Temple
- Buddha Tooth Museum
- Bahiravakande Monastery, Buddha Statue on the Hill and The Observation Point
- Gem Museum
- Peradeniya Botanical Garden. 700 year-old Royal Garden, one of the biggest in the world. Here we can find many trees planted by famous people including kings, presidents, writers, and astronauts.
- Picturesque Tea Plantations
- Tea Factory
- Traditional agricultural villages, such as Rambutan Village, Pineapple Village, Leather Village and Keshyu Village (passing on the way)
- Elephant Dung Paper Factory and Elephant Museum
- National Dance Show
- Participate tea ceremony and do the degustation of more than 10 varieties of tea ($15)
- Ride the Elephant through the jungle ($25)
- Visit batik factory where you can try traditional dresses including kandian sari (the only sari in the world which is different from Indian sari)
During the excursion, we will be able to see: the magnificent ancient city, nestled among picturesque hills, a stunning Royal Botanic garden, an ecological paper factory, of which products are made from …. elephant dung! and visit a tea plantation and an ancient Buddha Tooth Relic temple…
Detailed excursion program
Around 540BC, when the Buddha died, his body was cremated and his four left canine teeth which were retrieved from the funeral pyre were spread around the world. The Tooth was brought to Ceylon in 371. After several centuries of presence in Indian, the shrine was sent to Ceylon IV, the ruler of Kalinga, who was defeated in wars and feared for the fate of his kingdom. The King sent away his daughter with the relic which was hid in her hair. This Tooth had long been credited with magical power and whoever possessed the Sacred Tooth had a divine right to rule that land. Therefore, the Tooth became a possession of the Royal Dynasty. The city Anuradhapura was chosen to be the first place to worship the relic, after that the Tooth was brought to Polonnaruva and at the beginning of the XVIII century, the Tooth was brought to Kandy. Here in the temple we can see a magnificent Museum that displays a variety of offerings donated to the temple, especially for the worship of the Relic and the building of the temple Dalada Maligawa.Next, we will visit the monumental Buddha statue located on the top of a hill overlooking the town.
No visit to Kandy is complete without seeing the Royal Botanical gardens at Peradeniya which has more than 700 years history. The gardens showcase all of Sri Lanka’s flora and representative species from around the tropical world, including the magnificent Orchid garden, and the Avenue of Memorial Trees. Luminaries as varied as Queen Elizabeth II , Marshal Tito and Yuri Gugarin have planted trees to mark their visits to the garden.There are over 10,000 species of flora planted here and during the Spring season in Nuwara Eliya thousands of visitors come to see the blooms here. The Botanic Gardens are locally reputed for their collection, the rose garden, Magnificent trees, indoor plants, flowers.The climate of the Gardens is subtropical, cool and fresh. Shrubs and trees here are gigantic in sizes, reminiscent of “Gulliver’s Travels“ in Lilliput .There are more than 200,000 dried and preserved specimens in the Her barium. There is also a biotechnology laboratory engaged in the mass propagation of ornamental, rare and endemic plants, a striking feature is the avenue of royal palms (Roystonea regia) begun in 1905.
Since the middle ages Sri Lanka is famous for its variety of aromatic spices. Merchants from different countries, especially from Europe, have made the long voyage to Sri Lanka for them. In many places of the island with favourable growing climate spices, were opened to the gardens of spices. Especially many such gardens in the area from Dambulla to Matale. Here you can see the cultivation and production of numerous spices and natural remedies Ayurvedic medicine. In the end of the excursion, we will visit a tea plantation and factory, where we can see how they produce the legendary Ceylon tea. “Not often is it that men have heart when their one great industry is withered, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place, and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo” ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. Ceylon tea became the front-runner of the industry and was much loved for its unmatched quality and variety. The alchemy of land, sun and rain in the Paradise Island of Ceylon, as it was known 40 years ago, presents the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea. Ceylon added a new dimension to tea by producing variations in taste, quality, character and appearance, largely based on terroir of the region. Ceylon tea with its distinct taste and character became every consumer’s favourite cuppa.