Kandy’s Best Kept Secrets: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Kandy’s Best Kept Secrets: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Spoken in: English, Sinhala

( 57 reviews ) star City tour Kandy 1 - 8 watch_later 3 hours
  • Admire the beauty of the Temple of Tooth
  • Have a yummy tasting at the local market
  • Experience the authentic local lifestyle
  • Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride around the city
  • Privately guided by your favorite local

You will meet here: Joy Boat Service

What you can expect

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Kandy and get to experience it like a true local. Visit temples, stroll through a local market, tuk-tuk your way around the city and see the authentic local lifestyle. Everything you wish for can be included in this private tour created just for you.

Kickstart your mini adventure with a stroll through the lively local market. Enjoy the great vibe and have a delicious local tasting. Take in the smells, be mesmerized by the colors, mingle with the locals and admire the variety of goods and exotic fruits. Curious to know more about the ingredients that local people use to prepare their food? Your local host can tell you about the local cuisine and everything that you’re interested in.

Experience the hustle and bustle and spot the locals in action while you pass the bus station. Get ready to check out the colorful buses, because they are a true piece of art. Every bus is hand painted and the mix of colors is simply amazing!

The Temple of the Tooth is a must-see during your visit to Kandy. With elegant pillars and arches, golden embellishments and beautiful paintings; the entire place is a work of art. The temple is visited by both locals and tourists bearing flowers and incense daily throughout the day and night.

Take a stroll around Kandy Lake which dominates the heavenly location with its cascading beauty. Enjoy the peace and quiet while taking in the good vibe. Make your way up to the Upper lake Viewpoint with a tuk-tuk and admire the postcard view of this enchanting city.

Go off the beaten path and visit a true hidden gem: a beautiful secret temple famous for its paintings. Follow your favorite local and walk through a narrow pathway to get to this hidden place. A monk will wait for you to open the door and let you inside. Be amazed by the rock inscriptions dating back to the 6th century that speak the history of this temple and listen to interesting insight from your private guide.

End your private Kandy experience in a place recommended by the locals. Sip a refreshing drink and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this place. Wanna know what else you should include in your travel plans? The best you can do is to ask your favorite local recommendations about the city and surroundings.

Want to adjust the route a bit? No problem - your host can fully personalize the tour to your preferences! Take a look at the videos and choose the local you like the most and get ready to explore Kandy’s best highlights & hidden gems!

This is the plan

Meeting point
Meet your host at Joy Boat service counter at Kandy Lake
Stop 1
Kickstart your day with a stroll around the city center and a visit to the vibrant local market
Stop 2
Pass by the local bus station and check out the colorful buses
Stop 3
Discover the beautiful sacred Temple of Tooth and be amazed about its architecture and paintings
Stop 4
Take a tuk-tuk and go to the Upper Lake viewpoint to get a birds-eye view over the city
Stop 5
Explore a local hidden gem, a very old Rock Cave temple with paintings from 6th century
Stop 6
Stroll around the vast fairytale like domains of the Peradeniya University and see an ancient Java Fig Tree
End your tour back in the city center and say goodbye to your host :)

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

City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour (cost included)
3 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Joy Boat Service
Guest pick-up
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
checkKing Coconut tasting
checkTicket to Temple of Tooth
checkTuk Tuk rides
check1 non alcoholic drinks

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.