Kandy, Sri Lanka


Suggested Itineraries

24 Hours

Sri Dalada Maligawa

Sri Dalada Maligawa

Begin your day with quiet walk along the stone path that leads you to the magnificent Dalada Maligawa. The lazy, sleeping dogs you encounter along the way won’t budge as you pass them by – they know you mean them no harm. The maligawa is also known as the Temple of Tooth and houses a tooth relic of the Buddha himself.

Maligawa actually means palace and in ancient times it was the royal residence of Sri Lanka’s monarchs.

Take your time and take in the magnificent Kandyan architecture and artisanship, encounter colourful, symbolically painted ceilings & wooden carved pillars at every turn. You’ll feel quite regal yourself walking through the palace.

Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa

The complex extends beyond the palace to many other areas including a museum of world Buddhism, a massive Bo tree, a Hindu kovil dedicated to the godless Patthini and more. Dress appropriately as you won’t be allowed in wearing shorts or sleeveless tops.

Light an oil lamp, say a prayer and step back out into the afternoon sun – or rain.


You’re probably tired after your extensive stroll around the Maligawa – but worry not – just around the corner is the Old Empire Cafe that has a delicious lime & coconut water to revitalize and rehydrate you. The Old Empire Hotel was once a coffee factory, converted into a hotel in the late 1800’s and still holds a sense of old-world charm!

Kandy Town


Take a walk around the town in the late afternoon. The town itself is a maze of one-way streets, temples, restaurants, street hawkers and a great lake alongside the side of the Dalada Maligawa. The old and the new are struggling to find common ground, making the chaos of the city truly unique


The really cool thing about Kandy (besides its cool climate of course!) is that its spirituality isn’t contained to Buddhism.

Take a walk over to the West end of the maligawa boundary to old red-brick St. Paul’s Church, dating back to the 1800’s. Let your eyes take in the simplicity of the space, a stark contrast to the colourful interiors of the Temple, other than for the backdrop of an epic, stained-glass window that is probably the first thing to catch your eye as you walk in through the tall, carved doors.

Dinner at EAT


Tired from your long walk around the city, get back to the hotel for a glass of wine and an early dinner at EAT as you watch the magnificent mountain city, fade into night.