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Kandyan Dance Performance

72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 222231
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The kandyan heritage
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“fire walkers” (27 reviews)
“fire eaters” (13 reviews)
“local dance” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spend an hour watching the local dancing with fire eating and walking for the finale. Seems to be several outfits offer it all starting around 5 ish.

Thank mandy003
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

OK I’m the first to admit this stuff normally bores me but this is a cultural experience worth the visit. It’s only 1 hour and make sure you stay for the fire show at the end. The dances are very entertaining and have a touch...More

Thank MelTH1974
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The theatre reminded me of my high school performance hall. I guess it was the drapes and seating. This was thoroughly entertaining and interesting. Our driver purchased unreserved seats and we opted for the balcony section. I noted that many tour groups had reserved front...More

Thank sheyb2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reading some of the reviews I was a little disappointed with what they were saying. This show is run and performed by the locals, its not a professional dance show, they do this in their spare time as a hobby. It was lovely to watch...More

Thank Fiona C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highlight - it was good to see local dancing... English language sheets explaining dance types were printed with low ink and therefore unreadable as most words were missing! Such a shame that the performers looked like they didn't want to be there and yawned on...More

Thank Pokumon_London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Still puzzeled by the performance. For foreigners the show is difficult to follow but the enthousiasm displayed is nice. Some parts of the show felt a bit amateur like.

Thank Daan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Boring, uncoordinated performance by locals who don‘t seem to enjoy what they are doing. Right after the show, some of the staff reaches to the entrance with they giant tip boxes, to ask for money. Definitely not recommendable, sace your time and money.

1  Thank Markus P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The dancers are not really synchronised, but since that's not the main point of the show but to show you the clothes and the culture, it's ok.

Thank Ljubiskatle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My review is pretty much going to echo what almost everyone has said. Yes it's interesting, yes it's enteratining (for the first 30 minutes) but then you kind of get the sense that 'Ok, done that now, how do I get out!' which is never...More

2  Thank Hoppy22
Reviewed December 8, 2017

We came by for the cultural show after visiting the Buddha tooth relic museum next door. It's a 1-hour show that displays the culture of Sri Lanka. I saw some performers who were energetic while a few seem rather unsure of their steps. Good to...More

Thank Lee_family_219053
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June 20, 2017|
Response from Shutterbug_Iyer | Reviewed this property |
Our guide collected LKR 1000 each. Not sure how much the hotel charges.
June 22, 2015|
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Response from ramki1958 | Reviewed this property |
5pm. But at that time it is a scramble to get good seating - no reserved seating exists. Reach about 15 to 30 minutes early. The duration is about an hour including a Fire dance which is outside the performance hall.
Shane M
February 10, 2015|
Response from Go55 | Reviewed this property |
You buy tickets at the entrance of the Red Cross Hall where the performances are held. I would buy tickets early to get good seats. From the Temple of the Tooth, you walk along the lake away from the downtown/shopping/ area... More