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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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72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were in YMBA. The performance took 1h includes 10 dances. The dancers skills are rather poor or the show is not well prepared, for most time they dance out of sync. The positive is music played by drummers and dancers traditional clothes. The ticket...More

Thank jjedyta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditional Kandyan dances include the cobra dance, mask dance and the Ginisila - dancing and waling on fire, the Kandyan Dance, percussion only and Geta Beraya, drum only, performers dance, sing and do acrobatics. Costume are impressive and colourful. Unfortunately, not all the dancers perform...More

Thank Esther M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great way to see a cultural show with dancing and best of all fire breathing and dancing. It only takes an hour for the show so you get in an out quickly.

Thank Debridley R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth the price, it is basically made for tourists. 1000 LKR is too much for what you get. Safe the money for something better.

Thank Anežka K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing to miss if you don't see it... it could have been much better if some could explain the sequence of dance, and at the end the fire dance is not that exclusive..

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Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

A tourist trap started off with what appears to be traditional but ends up very circus style performance A lot of reserved seating at the front for those tourists that may have paid a premium Tip: sit at the back and choose a seat which...More

2  Thank jasperwba11
Reviewed November 3, 2017

From the first conch shell blast of traditional welcome the drums never stopped. Costumes were intricate and colourful, and different for each dance representing Pooja dance, cobra dance, peacock dance and others. The show finished with a fire stroking and eating demonstration followed by walking...More

Thank MusesMm
Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

Only do if you are bored and have nothing else to do. Costumes were very good but it's all down hill after that. I'm glad I didn't pay anymore than 1000 rupee.

1  Thank Murray O
Reviewed October 28, 2017

The dances were quitte interesting to see. One downside was the atmosphere, in a low ceiling hotel room with bad air it is hard to completeky enjoy. Some of the dancers seemed to be annoyed or whatever, that spoiled the effort of the rest. Dancing...More

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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.
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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