Top Historical Places in Kandy

Are you looking to explore the history of Kandy through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Kandy including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Kandy. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Kandy ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Kandy, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Kandy for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Kandy with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Temple Of Sacred Tooth Relic Or Sri Dalada Maligawa

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Architecture

    The Temple of the Scared Tooth Relic constitutes the premier Buddhist Institution of Sri Lanka and remains the cynosure of the world Buddhist and is a great tourist attraction. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and has been a political epicenter since centuries. The temple claims to enclose the tooth of Lord Buddha after his cremation In India. There are a number of structures and monuments in...Read more
  2. British Garrison Cemetery

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    British Garrison Cemetery


    This colonial find is a peacefull place to visit. This cemetery is a short walk uphill behind the National Museum. There are 163 graves of youngsters and elders who came to Sri Lanka from England and north Britain. The most striking aspect of a visit to this melancholy place is just how young most people were when they died – if you made it to forty you were of a very ripe old age. Some o...Read more
  3. Knuckles Mountain Range

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    Knuckles Mountain Range

    Hiking Trail, Biking Trail, Adventure, Rock Climbing

    This UNESCO world heritage site is characterized by its striking landscapes often robed in thick layers of cloud but in addition to its aesthetic value the range is of great scientific interest. The large diversity of flora and fauna is striking and appealing and shows the natural heritage of the country. The adventure activities like mountain biking, rock climbing and caving and pot holing are...Read more
  4. Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

    Monument, Statue

    An amazing view point of the Kandy town, you can walk up the stairs to view the Buddha statue located up hill.  The gigantic Buddha statue is about 88 feet in height. Bahiraviokanda vihara Buddha statue is one of the tallest and beautiful Buddha statues in Sri Lanka. The hill where the statue was built called bahirava kanda; in Sinhalese it means the devil’s hill. A stairway besides ...Read more
  5. Sri Dalada International Buddhism Museum

    Historical Site, Specialty Museum

    This is a part of the Sri Dalada Maligawa or the temple of the tooth. The museum is located on the upper two floors of Alut Maligwa, just behind the main tooth shrine of Sri Dalada Maligawa. The museum displays a stunning array of gilded gifts to the temple. Letters and diary entries from the British time reveal the colonizers’ surprisingly respectful attitude to the tooth relic. More rec...Read more
  6. The Temple Of The Tooth

    Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    It is open from early morning until the sun sets. Here you will find the tooth of Lord Buddha. This is the region holiest shrine.
  7. Royal Palace

    Historical Site, Palace

    The Royal Palace of Kandy dates back to circa 1634 when it was used to be the residence of the monarch of Kandy and his family till 1800’s. Also known as Mahaswala, the palace complex comprised of the King’s Palace, Queen’s Palace, King’s Harem Quarters, Queen’s Bathing Pavilion, Temple of the Tooth and the Royal Audience Hall. The Raja Wasala on the northern end f...Read more