Kandy travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kandy

With a population of 111,701, Kandy is the largest city in Central, Sri Lanka by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Kandy has to offer.

When to visit Kandy

Kandy in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kandy in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Kandy


Although Kandy doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Hatton Castlereigh Reservoir (NUF), which is located 30 miles from Kandy.


Another option to get to Kandy is to pick up a car rental from Colombo, which is about 60 miles from Kandy. You’ll find branches of SR RENT A CAR and Europcar, among others, in Colombo.

Airports near Kandy

Airlines serving Kandy

American Airlines
Good (4,378 reviews)
Good (347 reviews)
Air France
Good (395 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,411 reviews)
Excellent (3,043 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,321 reviews)
Good (454 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,201 reviews)
Excellent (951 reviews)
Good (914 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (1,398 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (307 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (319 reviews)
Good (693 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (773 reviews)
Good (1,294 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (147 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (51 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (48 reviews)
Thai Airways
Good (58 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kandy

Average rates range from around $36 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $113 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kandy

Most booked hotels in Kandy

Earl's Regent Hotel
Excellent (8.5, 639 reviews)
Amaya Hills Kandy
Excellent (8.3, 274 reviews)
Cafe Pinnalanda
Excellent (8.1, 172 reviews)
Vendol Maliga Edge
Good (7.8, 362 reviews)
Kandy City Hotel By Earl's
Good (7.7, 884 reviews)
Hotel Elephant Park
Excellent (9.4, 2 reviews)
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Renting a car in Kandy

Expect to pay $5.26 per gallon in Kandy (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $63.14 and $84.19.