Best Day Trip to Kandy: Nature & Culture

Best Day Trip to Kandy: Nature & Culture

Spoken in: English, Hindi, العربية, Sinhala, Tamil

( 74 reviews ) star Day trip Colombo 1 - 8 watch_later 10 hours
  • Enjoy breakfast like a local!
  • See Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic
  • Walk in the footsteps of ancient kings
  • Scenic sights: tea plantation & nature
  • Watch elephants bathe in the river
  • Privately guided, just for you!

You will be picked up anywhere in: Colombo

What you can expect

Escape the hustle and bustle of Colombo and get ready for a picturesque 4-hr drive to Kandy together with your private local guide! This relaxing day trip takes you to the cultural heart of Sri Lanka known as the “hill capital” and last city of the island’s ancient kings. Inhale country breezes, and admire colorful Kandyan architecture, while hearing all about the city’s vibrant cultural life!

There’s no better way to start the day than with a delicious paratha with curry! Sri Lankans love to start the day with a full belly! Do as the locals do and your host can show you a local favorite restaurant for a delicious breakfast.

Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic awaits inside the Temple of the Tooth. Regarded as a symbolic representation of the living Buddha, did you know that worshipping at the temple is believed to improve your karma? Your local guide can tell you all about its history, so feel free to ask any questions!

The Kandy market and bus station are local hot spots that can’t be missed! Experience what a small city vibe is like and take in the lively atmosphere of the local market. See where locals buy their favorite ingredients and watch colorful busses come and go.

Stroll through the main street where friendly locals chat over breakfast. Make your way towards the lake that’s surrounded by lush nature, picturesque houses and hills. Wander through the forest, that’s so tropical it feels like a jungle! Here you can marvel at super tall trees and exotic vegetation that can only be found here.

Time for a break and a typical local lunch before heading to a quiet temple where locals love to pray. Your local host can tell you all about Buddhism and its rituals.

Always wanted to find out how tea is produced? A visit to a local tea factory will answer all your questions! See how locals work in the factory and admire the breathtaking view of the tea plantation.

Top off your tour with a visit to an elephant orphanage that’s home to 93 elephants! Watch the elephants enjoy themselves while bathing in the river and see how they are well looked after.

The local hosts on your private tour are all eager to share their insights with you. Ask as many questions as you want. Take a look at the videos and choose the local you like the most. Want to adjust your private experience to your preferences? No problem – let your host know what you would like to see or do and he/she will make it happen!

This is the plan

Your host will pick you up from your hotel in Colombo
Stop 1
Have a local breakfast on the way at a place recommended by your host
Stop 2
See the elephants during their morning bathing session at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Stop 3
Have a traditional lunch at locals' favourite place Helo Bojun
Stop 4
Explore Kandy city: go through the local market and bus station and get the vibe of the city
Stop 5
Take a stroll along the Kandy Lake and admire the beautiful scenery
Stop 6
Visit an exotic forest and learn everything about tropical vegetation!
Stop 7
Discover the famous and stunning Temple of Tooth
Stop 8
Visit a tea factory on your way back and learn everything about the tea fabrication process.
Head back to Colombo

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

Day trip details

Private Day trip
Mode of transport
Car (cost included)
10 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Guest pick-up
included (free of charge)
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkEntrance tickets
checkPrivate guide
checkA/C Car
checkTicket to Temple of Tooth
checkTicket to Elephant Orphanage
Not included
Breakfast and lunch costs

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.