Kandy Airports

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Kandy's Airport Information

The closest international airport to Kandy is the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) which is about 105 kilometers away from the city center. You are very much likely to land at this airport close to Kandy if you’re flying from an international destination. The airport can be busy at times, so make sure you are prepared for any sudden delays. Despite the rush, you should still be able to navigate yourself through the airport. The signboards are very clearly marked in English, so you will have nothing to worry about. There is very little chance of you not being able to find your way. Suppose it is the case, you could always talk to one of the locals around who will be more than happy to help.

The airport features plenty of local and international shops and eateries that can cater to your shopping needs if either you want something for yourself or to grab a quick bite. It is also equipped with Wi-Fi, so you can still be connected even you if you have not yet got a local mobile connection. Stop at the duty free for some amazing deals on chocolate, consumer electronics etc.

Top "on the go" tours in Kandy

Customized Hiking & Adventurous Tours in Sri Lanka


€45.00 p.p.

Hiking Experience - Two Magical Days in Ella


€42.00 p.p.

Private Driver for a Day & Airport Pick-up


€25.00 p.p.

Transfer to/from the Kandy city center

You have the option of transferring from the airport to Kandy either through a private taxi or in a bus. The former option is the most popular as you can catch plenty of taxis parked outside the terminal. Not feeling too comfortable to get in one of those? Opt for one our local guides to arrange for an airport transfer to Kandy. The ride should take approximately two hours. This is the best option especially if you’re travelling with your family and you have too many luggage to carry.

If you’re traveling alone and are considering the cheaper option, there’s a bus route that stops directly at Kandy. The length of the ride maybe longer but can be very cost effective. Make sure you ask one of the locals there how you could get the bus and it shouldn’t be hard to find. You also have the option of choosing an air-conditioned bus that is usually double the rate of the normal service.

Though there is no direct link from the airport to Kandy by train, you could get to the Colombo Fort railway station and then travel to Kandy by train which is another popular alternative.

With the expressway that is currently being built, the travel time from the airport to Kandy would hopefully reduce making it is very convenient for you to get directly to the city.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Abel Deshan

Hike the Adam's Peak and Catch the Sunrise

For a good price we had an amazing tour with our guide Deshan. He really made an effort to show us the real Sri Lanka. Also he listens very good to his customers demands. Overal we had a perfect organised two day tour. He is friendly and also important; he speaks very good English. So for everyone who is going to Sri Lanka and need a good tour guide: Book with Deshan. Thanks again from The Netherlands!

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Finley Chaminda Roshan

Amazing Waterfalls Day Trip by Tuk Tuk including Lunch

We waited to review the trip with Roshan until we got back to Australia to be sure we could do it justice. Because it really was that amazing.
An entire day of waterfalls hidden away in secluded villages, with not a tourist in sight. The swimming hole at the end of the trip was a perfect way to finish it off and cool down after a morning of hiking to each fall, with crystal clear water and a lunch which was the best meal we ate on a 22 day 2 country trip.
Roshan was a fantastic driver and guide, and he had a great eye for spotting plants as well- we found all the ingredients for a curry, nutmeg, pepper, lemongrass, cinnamon, and dessert too, with local oranges, tea and cocoa! The walk through the rice paddies of Roshan's village was beautiful, and by the end of the day, we were wishing we had chosen the longer trip which involved a homestay. If we ever make it back to Sri Lanka we will be booking again, as this was the highlight of our trip and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
A word of warning though, wear long pants, bug repellent and sturdy shoes- getting to the falls involves some rough tracks, and one of those had a thriving community of leeches. Don't let this put you off at all though, the waterfall at the end of the path is without a doubt worth it, as is the swim, lunch, and all the sights along the way.
Thanks again Roshan for an absolutely wonderful time.

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Hedda Buddhima

Fun Cooking Class for the Whole Family

We had such a great day with Buddhima and her family. They took us to the Elephant Orphanage where we had a great time and good guiding,despite the rain . Then we drove through the most beautiful landscape before we arrived at her family 's house. All of her family were great, very welcoming and sweet! And the food was smashing!!!!! And love the trip to the lake 😊 Thank you!