Kandy Tourism

If you have not yet visited Kandy, you should. It is a well-known destination where tourists flock in every year. You will find a rich history here. The word Kandy was derived from the word ‘Kanda’ and it means hill. This is a commercial city that is bustling with life. Thousands of dancers and drummers take to the streets with ornamented elephants.

Essential travel information and Kandy tips for your visit

  • The climate is always in the mind range so, wear comfortable clothing and avoid suits or full covers ups. Usually very casual wear is recommended
  • After 7 PM it is advisable to venture with a guide as the street signs etc can be confusing and you may get lost.
  • Some places may require you to remove shoes for entry. Have a small bag so that you can put your shoes inside the bag and carry in
  • Avoid eating and cut up fruits from vendors. If you really need to buy uncut fruits and ask the vendor to cut it in front of you. Avoid eating open door vendor foods and also way carry a good water bottle around.
  • Traffic can be scary so you much stick to the usual cross over points when crossing the roads.
  • Monkey can be a real nuisance around certain areas so don’t feed them or pet them.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Kandy

  • Know the pollution level of Kandy before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 87.5 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • How safe is Kandy for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kandy.

    • Burglary and Theft 60.71 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 76.67 (High)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.67 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 63.33 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 35 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.67 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 60 (High)
    • Safety Index 46.53 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 69.18 (High)
    • Pollution Index 63.36 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 58.8 (High)
    • Health Care Index 85 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 18.13 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kandy

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.24 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 16.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 29.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 24.22 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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