We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kandyan Dance Performance

Address: City hall, Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Improve this listing
65%
Ranked #10 of 28 Activities in Kandy
Type: Performances
Attraction details
Type: Performances

Hotels near Kandyan Dance Performance

Write a Review

955 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    251
    372
    230
    71
    31
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

An hour of traditional local dance set in local hall......500 roubees each entrance fee. Very colourful costumes. Starts 5.30pm, so suggest get there half hour early to get a seat. Afterwards, the dancers go outside where they do a 10 minute fire walk. Have some money ready for tip box

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

really awesome! performers were really talented. suggest better ventilation as the hall was very hot and with lots of people, there was not much ventilation. red cross items for sale affordable. Traffic is a nightmare.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Didn't expect much when we were first ushered into the old theatre but was very impressed with the lineup of different types of dances and the firewalking. They were enthusiastic and professional. The theatre and seats could be better but overall a good experience and so worth the 500 lkr.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bangalore, India
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The traditional dance performance at Kandy (performance happens at three places) is really quite unique to this part of the country. We visited the Kandy Art Center behind the Temple of the tooth. This place is located adjacent to the lake and can be accessed walking along the lake next to the temple of the tooth. There is a nice... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mashhad, Iran
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

this is traditional and cultural dance. In comparison to Moscow or Malasia this dance is weak. but if you stayed a night in Kandy ,it is a good palce to see. A company (select srilanka) arranged our trip and we should thank them for good arrangment.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vadodara, India
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Dance performance at Cultural centre is very good. You can see amazing performances giving you insight of Srilanka's culture and history.

Was this review helpful? Yes
london
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We liked the fact that you are given a print out that describes each dance. Get there early to get as close to the front as possible. We found that the first six or so rows were reserved for coach parties etc. Lovely costumes. Enjoyed seeing the fire walking.

Was this review helpful? Yes
SF, California
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
71 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Having seen several other ethic dance performance throughout Asia we are not easily impressed, so for us it was just alright. We attended the evening performance at the cultural center just outside of the Temple of the Tooth. We were glad we sat in the balcony as we had a clear view and were not to close to the drummers... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The performers were really talented and the music was great. I guess I was just expecting something that felt a little more authentic. Instead we were ushered into an old theater to watch the performance, and I felt like I was watching a play instead of a series of ritual dances. I think I just misunderstood what it was.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Perth, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The dancers were out of time and if their expressions were anything to go by they weren't enthusiastic about performing. I found myself getting bored not long into the performance. Perhaps this type of dance would be better witnessed in a celebratory procession rather than on a stage. The shed where it was held leaks in the rain.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Kandyan Dance Performance also viewed

Kandy, Central Province
Kandy, Central Province
 

Been to Kandyan Dance Performance? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Kandyan Dance Performance staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?