Holidays in Kandy

Sri Lanka is popularly known as a multicultural country with a rather diverse background. When it comes to public holidays, travelers need to take into account this matter, as they not only celebrate Buddhist holidays, but also other existing religions in the country. Next to that, national holidays plays an essential role in determining travelers to have the best time of their visit.

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Holidays in Kandy, Sri Lanka

  • The Buddhist New Year is celebrated for 3 whole days starting on the first full moon of April.
  • Vesak, Buddha’s birthday, takes place on the first full moon day of May.
  • Uposatha is a day dedicated to meditation and ethics, and takes place on the New Moon, the Full Moon and quarter moon days every month.
  • Makha Bucha usually occurs in February, and celebrates the meeting of Arahants with Buddha, nine months after his enlightenment.
  • Asalha Puja ‘Dhamma Day’ takes place around July, and is dedicated to Buddha’s first teaching on the full moon day.
  • Kathina Ceremony takes place in October and November, where the locals offer new robes to the monks.
  • Sanghamitta Day is celebrated on the Full Moon day in December, and honors Sanghamitta for her journey to Sri Lanka, and spreading the ideas of Buddhism.

Top cultural experiences in Kandy

Kandy’s Best Kept Secrets: Highlights & Hidden Gems



€25.00 p.p.

Sri Lanka’s Best Treasures: Sigiriya Rock & Dambulla Caves



€83.00 p.p.

Hike the Adam's Peak and Catch the Sunrise


€42.00 p.p.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Hedda Buddhima

Fun Cooking Class for the Whole Family

We had such a good day with Buddhima and her family. They took us to the elephant orphanage, were we had a good 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!

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Lisa Vishwa

Mountain Bike Adventure Outside of Kandy

My partner and I booked this tour, as we enjoy a small adventure here and there and were intrigued by exploring some of Sri Lanka's beautiful nature by bike. Vishwa was an amazing guide, who's extremely attentive and knowledgeable, not just of Kandy but Sri Lanka as a whole. He took us on a fairly demanding ride but that was stated when we booked our tour, so we came as prepared as we could! The views of mountains and tea plantations were great and Vishwa gave us many opportunities to stop and take in the moment (and take pictures) whilst informing us about surrounding areas and offering refreshments. The tour ended with a delicious local lunch and fresh mango and coconuts! Vishwa and his driver were very prompt and we would recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys a little off-road adventure!

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Peter Chandika

Private Driver for a Day & Airport Pick-up

Good driver, very friendly arrived on time, very helpful, excellent vehicle. Just what we asked for.