Spending time in Kandy with the Family

Kandy is one of the most visited cities in Sri Lanka and is certainly a great place to take your family for an educational, entertaining and fun vacation! Here’s a list of things to do that will interest the kids and the adults as well.

Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic)

The temple is history, culture and spirituality all rolled into one. The building is historic as it was constructed during the reign of the kings of Kandy. It is spiritual as it houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, one of the most important relics of the Buddhist world. If you are lucky, you may be able to witness the sacred rituals associated with the tooth relic and experience a bit of the culture of the city. Apart from this, there’s lots more to see and learn about the city of Kandy during your visit to the temple.

The Trio of Temples

You could also head over to view the Gadaladeniya Viharaya, Embekke Devalaya and Lankathilaka Viharaya, situated in close proximity to each other. These temples are interesting in that their architecture is unlike that of any other traditional temple you will see around the country.

Kandy National Museum

A museum is a great place to take the kids to, and there is one right in the center of the city. The Kandy National Museum is housed within a former palace of the last king of Sri Lanka and contains over 5,000 artefacts.

Kandy Lake

If the kids need to expel some energy, you can take them on a lovely walk around the Kandy Lake located in the heart of the city. It’s a rather scenic place, a fact which will be appreciated by mom and dad.

Kandy Art Association

The Kandy Art Association organizes a daily one-hour cultural show at its auditorium. This showcases the music and dance styles of Kandyan culture. The acrobatics and fire antics performed by professionals are bound to entertain the kids. Entrance to this show is through the purchase of a ticket, which you could request your hotel concierge or guest house owner to organize for you.