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.

When to visit Kandy

Kandy in November
Estimated hotel price
$56
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kandy in November
Estimated hotel price
$56
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Kandy

Plane

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

Car

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 Casons Rent A Car, among others, in Colombo.

Plane

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

Car

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 Casons Rent A Car, among others, in Colombo.

Airports near Kandy

Airlines serving Kandy

Lufthansa
Good (4,423 reviews)
KLM
Good (805 reviews)
SWISS
Good (909 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,179 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,236 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,519 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,098 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,330 reviews)
Finnair
Good (896 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (869 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,175 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (803 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (364 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,638 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (457 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (686 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (167 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (905 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (35 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kandy

From 5-star hotels such as the The Grand Kandyan to great affordable options like the Viyana Boutique Hotel, Kandy offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $34 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $133 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kandy

Most booked hotels in Kandy

The Golden Crown Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.7, 805 reviews)
$105+
Earl's Regent Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, 596 reviews)
$88+
Amaya Hills Kandy
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, 588 reviews)
$103+
Earl's Regency
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, 440 reviews)
$93+
Hotel Elephant Park 'Grand Royal Pinnalanda'
2 stars
Excellent (8.2, 1285 reviews)
$17+
Hotel Elephant Bay
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, 10 reviews)
$44+

Renting a car in Kandy

Expect to pay $5.53 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 $66.32 and $88.43.

Expect to pay $5.53 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 $66.32 and $88.43.