An ancient royal city

Explore Hiking in Kandy
The gateway to the central highlands

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Take one of the world’s most celebrated railway rides from Colombo and wind your way up paddy fields, jungles and mountains to reach this ancient hill capital that served as the last kingdom of Sri Lanka.

Whether it's a day out in Kandy, or sightseeing or hikes in Kandy, there’s no shortage of places to visit in this bustling hill capital. Buddhist traditions and natural beauty come together with temples, shrines and palaces scattered around the town’s centerpiece lake. The city center is characterised by noisy three - wheelers, bustling markets, and throngs of tourists, but the mist - capped mountain peaks of the Hanthana range are an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Not to mention, these peaks also offer some of the best views overlooking Kandy town.

Stages of The Pekoe Trail accessible from Kandy
The hiking trail map for the Kandy region from the Pekoe Trail.

Attractions to explore in Kandy along The Trail

Experience the very best of these unique attractions along the trail. Visit Sri Lanka’s first tea plantation, take a tea estate tour or learn about the process of growing and manufacturing Ceylon tea at a museum.

Top Attractions in Kandy

Experience the very best of these unique attractions in Kandy. Go off the beaten path exploring botanical gardens, visiting sacred temples, and seeing Hollywood blockbuster movie backdrops in the central highlands.

Immersive experiences in Kandy

Experience the very best of what Kandy has to offer. Visit one of the biggest Buddhist festivals, go camping in the back of beyond or hike through a hidden forest in the heart of the city.

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