Travel options in Kandy

Kandy is a fairly large, commercial city with the city center being crowded with locals and visitors during most parts of the day. To travel in Kandy is in general very convenient and cheap, as you’ve got a lot of options to choose from depending on budget and preferences. The roads are well-connected making it easier to get from one place to another. Below are some of the popular options most locals use to travel in Kandy.

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Getting around Kandy

  • Private vehicle: Get behind the wheel to drive around the city but do make sure you’ve got the International Driver’s License if not you might not be allowed to rent out a vehicle. If you don’t have one, that’s fine too. Get a local guide to take you around the main attraction and also the hidden gems of Kandy. They will share some local tips and take shortcuts, saving you precious time on the road.
  • Local bus: This is a very common mode of travel in Kandy especially amongst the locals. This is mostly since it’s the cheapest way to get around the city. Most buses that go to the outskirts of the city leave from the clock tower making it very convenient for you. You can truly experience traveling like a local too by choosing the bus. Soak in the bustling atmosphere as you travel in Kandy in an open-air bus. Ask your local guide for instructions on routes and you’ll be good to go! If you prefer a more comfortable ride, you could opt for an air-conditioned bus too.
  • Railway: If you prefer the scenic route to travel to the nearby cities from Kandy, a train ride is the best option. Make sure you book the tickets in advance because the routes are popular amongst the visitors and locals alike. If you have the option, book the window seat so you can enjoy the panoramic views while traveling or choose to sit on the platform just like how the locals do.

Top day trip tours in Kandy

Incredible Day Trip to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa


€39.00 p.p.

Sacred Day Trip to Anuradhapura with a Local


€37.34 p.p.

Private Nuwara Eliya Experience: Tea, Locals & Nature



€35.00 p.p.

Additional Options to Travel in Kandy

  • Rent or ride a tuk-tuk: This has got be the most authentic Sri Lankan way to experience traveling in Kandy. The three-wheeled vehicles are in everywhere and you will not have any issues getting in one. As long as you make sure they are metered, you will have nothing to worry about. Merely travelling in one can add some thrill while getting around the city. It’s the best way to explore the narrow alleys that are not accessible in a car or van. Fancy riding one? Just let your local guide know so they can make arrangements to rent one.
  • Scooter: Another fun way to travel in Kandy is in a scooter. Let the breeze go past you as you enjoy the views of the outskirts of Kandy. You can easily meander through the narrow pathways and is a much cheaper option too. It’s a great way to explore the city.

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Amy Manoshi

All About Curry - Private Cooking class

Manoshi was a great cookery teacher. I loved the private one on one class, as I got to be involved with all the preparation and cooking. The dishes we made were veggie friendly and some of the best I tasted in all my trip in Sri Lanka.

She organised a pick up and drop off from my hotel, making it easy for me as a traveller. The venue of the cookery class is well equipped and spacious.

The ingredients were all laid out beautifully, and she packed up leftovers for me at the end.

I really recommend this cookery class for anyone interested in easy Sri Lankan dishes.

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Gareth Manoshi

All About Curry - Private Cooking class

We had a great time doing it our cookery class with Manoshi. Clear instructions and an interactive experience, not just watching! Amazing smells and tastes, we loved the dishes she showed us. Now we have the recipes, will definitely try them at home.
Thank you so much Manoshi.

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Dominik Deshan

Hike the Adam's Peak and Catch the Sunrise

We made a trip from Kandy to the Adams Peak. He showed us not just the Adams Peak. We discovered a few other areas like a Tea Factory, went river rafting and he also told us much about sri lankan culture and animals! We liked it very much! We hardly recommend this guy to all people how want to explore sri lanka with a private guide!