10 Best Romantic Places In Kandy, Sri Lanka

romantic places in kandy

A tourist’s blissful haven of greeneries, misty mountain tops, meandering rolling hills of verdant tea fields, intriguing ancient sites, amusing strong elephants, and the list goes on - welcome to Sri Lanka! If you’re an avid traveler seeking an authentic cultural experience with influences of Buddhism, Indian myths, and outstanding lush green landscapes then Kandy might be your next travel destination. One of the main popular attractions of Sri Lanka, Kandy is known as a serene cultural capital; notably the second largest city of Sri Lanka. Kandy is tucked in the elevated rolling hills with an altitude of about 500 meters (1640 feet). This green city beckons romantic couples to spend some wonderful time exploring the history, culture, religion, food and the people of this endearing region. Find out our compiled list of some of the best romantic places in Kandy, Sri Lanka below.

1. Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Bahirawakanda buddha statue
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Surrounded by the lush green landscape of Kandy, the majestic white-washed Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha is one of the most visited attractions in Kandy. This 26.83 meters (88 feet) gigantic Buddha statue lies on a hilltop and can be accessible by a tuk-tuk ride from the city center. Visitors can practically see this gigantic statue from anywhere in Kandy. The Vihara Buddha Statue depicts the ‘enlightenment sitting position’ of Buddha. It is adjoined by a Theravada Buddhist monastery notably Si Maha Bodhi Viharaya which can be accessed through climbing some steep stairs till the hilltop. To pay respect to this holy place visitors are expected to remove their footwear before entering the temple.

Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Address: Bahirawa Kanda Rd, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Opening hours: 7am - 10.30pm

2. Asgiriya Stadium

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Touted for its well-manicured ground and breathtaking evergreen scenery, the Asgiriya International Stadium is nestled in the sublime city center of Kandy. This unique Test-Class stadium is maintained by the distinguished Trinity College in Sri Lanka which was built in the 19th century. Lots of efforts were put into creating this cricket ground as it has been carved straight out of a hill. If you’re a fan of cricket then visit the Asgiriya Stadium which certainly lives up to its reputation.

Asgiriya Stadium

Address: Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

Opening hours: 6am - 6pm

3. Royal Palace of Kandy

Temple of the Tooth, Royal Palace Complex, Kandy, Sri Lanka - panoramio
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Majestically nestled near the rolling hills of Kandy, the 14th century white-washed Royal Palace of Kandy has been the residence of the Sri Lankan royal family for years. It is a popular attraction which was built to pay tribute to the Temple of Tooth which is revered for having the relic of Lord Buddha’s tooth. By visiting this place you will get to contemplate the refined Victorian architecture of the royal court which was built in the 18th century by the last king of the Sri Lankan monarchy.

Royal Palace of Kandy

Address: 15 Raja Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

Opening hours: 6am - 6pm

4. Kandy Lake

Island of Kandy lake
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Amidst the rolling hills of Kandy and verdant surroundings close to the Temple of the Tooth, the splendid Kandy Lake was created in 1807 by the last king Wickrama Rajasinghe for his personal use. This attraction serves as an idyllic place to spend some quality time with your loved one while contemplating the beauty of the scenic view. This historical lake is protected and carries many legends. Fishing is prohibited, and it is advisable to avoid visiting this place in the late afternoon for security reasons.

Kandy Lake

Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka

5. National Museum of Kandy

Once used as the quarter for the royal concubines, the National Museum of Kandy displays more than 5000 artifacts of the 17th to 19th century of the Kandyan period. Visitors will be amazed to find an eclectic range of jewelry, weapons, and tools, including some artifacts of the British colonial era. The museum is part of the previous Royal Palace, consisting of two exhibition galleries.

National Museum of Kandy

Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm

6. New Ranweli Spice Garden Kandy

Embark on wonderful one-hour tour at the Ranweli Spice Garden in Kandy, where you will discover a myriad of the country’s popular spices. Tease your senses as you stroll leisurely in this flavorful green garden filled with vanilla, cinnamon, and many other exotic spices grown organically. Learn the history behind each of these spices dating back to the colonial period. Visit the on-site souvenir shop to find a collection of spices and artisanal products as well.

New Ranweli Spice Garden Kandy

Address: No 31, Gannoruwa-Muruthalawa Rd, Sri Lanka

Website: New Ranweli Spice Garden Kandy

Opening hours: 7.30am - 5pm

7. Kandy City Center

Touted for being one of the best shopping spots in the area, the Kandy City Center is a modern retail complex where visitors can hang out and spend time purchasing local products and souvenirs. The complex is composed of a wide range of restaurants offering local lip-smacking dishes, retail shops, supermarkets, book stores, perfume stores and you name it! If you’re in search of herbal products such as the Ayurveda then there is a special site dedicated to these kinds of health products. There is also a large secured parking lot where visitors can park their cars. Kandy City Center is ideally located near the Temple of Tooth Relic which visitors can also have the chance to visit.

Kandy City Center

Address: Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

Website: Kandy City Center

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm

8. Udawattakele Forest Reserve

Giant lianas Udawattakele Forest Reserve Kandy
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If you’re yearning for some fresh air right in the midst of a lush green forest, or simply want to take a forest bath, then you must definitely head to the Udawattakele Forest Reserve. Nature lovers, this is a perfect place to hang out and replenish yourself while vacationing in Kandy. Relax, and tread slowly while admiring the rich fauna and flora of this blissful nature sanctuary. Visitors will likely spot an eclectic range of bird species. To learn more about the different plant and animal species of the area visit the Nature Education Center located at the south-eastern entrance of the nature reserve. Interestingly, you will find three Buddhist meditation hermitages and three rock shelter dwellings where there are monks practicing meditation and the teachings of Buddhism.

Udawattakele Forest Reserve

Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka

Opening hours: 7am - 6pm

9. Wales Park

Wales Park, Kandy
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The Wales Park or Royal Palace Park is a lush green and historic park area tucked away on a hilltop overlooking the magnificent views of the Kandy Lake and the Kandy City. Sprawled in a rather serene area, the park was created by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha which was later baptized by the mane of Wales Park by the British. Families on vacation can visit and stroll through the park. There are some historical complexes and a Japanese field gun dated during World War I.

Wales Park

Address: Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm

10. British Garrison Cemetery

British Garrison Cemetery
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Pay your tribute at the British Garrison Cemetery while visiting Kandy. The cemetery is a peaceful resting place for men, women, and children especially from the British period between 1822 and 1870. The secluded cemetery is located in close proximity of the Temple of Tooth. This historical site was visited by Prince Charles in 2013. It is currently operated by a British group named ‘The Friends of the British Garrison Cemetery in Kandy’.

British Garrison Cemetery

Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm

Kandy, Sri Lanka - the emerald city

Sri Lanka - 029 - Kandy Temple of the Tooth
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From the majestic royal palaces, gardens and lakes to stunning Buddhist temples, and lush green rolling hills, Kandy can be your next romantic getaway.

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