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Kandy Trip options

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Kandy Trip options

Hello all,

I am reaching Colombo early Morning 6 am and will be travelling to Kandy via Pannawala

I wanted to check on if I should plan for 1 night stay in Kandy or 2 nights (accordingly I will plan the other days)

How much time should Pinnawala trip take (i will be accompanied by a 4 year old kid). Can we do Kandy sight seeing in one day itself. What are the must dos there?

Any inputs will help.

After Kandy I am planning to do Nuwara Elita and Hikka.



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1. Re: Kandy Trip options

Hi! Check the Kandy Attractions, as must see would be subjective.


I would think they are: Temple of the Tooth during the "Tevava" (service ritual) conducted at particular times daily, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Cultural Show at YMBA and take a tuk tuk up to the Kandy View Point by dusk.

Rather than Nuwara Eliya, suggest Haputale. Quiet town with beautiful views over 5 provinces.

Berlin, Germany
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2. Re: Kandy Trip options

Hi, we are coming from habarana and like to sea the Nuwara Eliya area (incl. Horton Plains). For some reasons, I did not find a hotel which i realy like (from the picures/comments on TA). Is Haputale an alternative? What about transporation from habarana and is it easy to get around?


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3. Re: Kandy Trip options

Hi there,

Ohiya is best base for Horton Plains and Haputale en Nuwara Eliya are 2nd best alternatives. As one needs to be at entrance 7 AM it's important to be closeby. Olympus in Haputale e.g. could be an option.

From Habarana it's first bus to Kandy and then best is train (bus you'd need a 2nd transfer in Eliya), also because the train is quite scenic.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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