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Kandyan Dance Performance

City hall, Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #8 of 27 attractions in Kandy
Type: Performances
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The performances were not great and it is very difficult to sit through the program for 1 hour.the hall was warm with no AC or Fan, it was in bad shape. The dance performance looked similar apart from change of costumes which was a differentiating factor. The Music remains unchanged. Avoidable unless you feel very compelled to visit the show.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

On a whim we decided to do this, the local dancers were great. Loved seeing all the stories told through dance & costumes. Was packed out - not a spare seat. A must do if you are heading all the way to Kandi. March/April 2013.

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Nottingham
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133 reviews 133 reviews
70 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Firstly let me confess I am not a dance fan so my comments come with a caveat. Our guide was local and told me not all this performance was genuine but then you expect it to be aimed at the tourist trade. Having said all that this colourful and entertains for an hour. The dances and music are a bit... More

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Muscat, Oman
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

As this was foisted on us by the company with whom we had arrange our trip, we had reservations that it might be tacky and touristy, and overpriced. It was none of those things, except it was aimed at tourists. Although in a rather dingy performance hall, it was well performed, varied and visually stunning. Both of our children happily... More

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Biddinghuizen
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Kind of the standard tourist trap. Nice costumes and dances. Music is so so to our western ears and the fire dance is not very convincing

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Thulusdhoo Island
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This hour-long show kept its pace moving along, with a variety of dances, both male and female, as well as drumming and acrobatics. Fire-eating was also included, with coals and fire walking rounding off the show. If you are not with a tour group, I suggest you get there early, otherwise you might be stuck behind someone tall. Choose a... More

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you are a TOURIST to both my beloved-Kandy and Sri Lanka.... this is a Must-See. In leass than 75 minutes you get a fair over-view of our songs, dances and cultural beliefs (i.e. fear of evil and love of peace). Tickets can be bought through your Tour operator, Hotel, Guest-House or at the entrance. No need for a guide... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Nice experience! Beautiful dancing and stunning costumes! At the end of the show the man will play with the fire.

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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Lovely to see all the costumes, an drumming, did get a little repetitive. You can take photos of the dancing, which is nice. Best part comes when the fire walkers come out at the end, everyone gets up and gathers around them to watch them walking over hot fire coals. Then it all ends and they just leave the hot... More

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Cape Town
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

very contrived definitely aimed at tourists, the juggler was impressive. the highlight was the fire walking which is right at the end . Go early to get a decent seat

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