Kandy and the Tea Country have a fascinating history, central to the heritage of Sri Lanka and home to many of the island's cultural gems. Stopping off here is essential in order to visit the Temple of the Tooth or to lose oneself in the attractive Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy, and also to access the vast expansive tea plantations and mountainside hugging, montane forests.
Why you should visit Kandy and the Tea Country
- The roses and orchids in Peradeniya’s Botanical Gardens are incredibly beautiful
- Experience the early morning blessing and offerings at the Temple of the Tooth
- See the exceptionally beautiful scenery of the highlands while travelling by train
- Visit a working tea plantation as it starts its day – still home to tea workers and their families
A little more about Kandy and the Tea Country
Full of traditional bustling markets and small antique shops, Kandy town offers more of a relaxed atmosphere than Colombo and after dusk the city seems to come to a complete stop. Over the past few years development has allowed a variety of accommodation and restaurants to flourish. We think the best place to stay is the elegant Kandy House where guests may be joined by chatty monkeys and exotic birds during their morning Sri Lankan coffee on the terrace. From Kandy you can travel by train to the cooler climes of the Tea Country to stay on a working estate or at the fabulous Relais & Chateaux, Ceylon Tea Trails.
Our travel expert recommends
A morning blessing at the Temple of the Tooth, followed by an incredible train journey into the tea hills, will be one of the most memorable parts of your holiday.
Start out in the early morning and travel to the sacred Adam's Peak to reach it for sunrise.