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.

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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Marie-Sophie Kamal

A customized trip with Kamal

We did a trip to Dambulla rock and pirudangala rock with Kamal and his friend Sigul! In the beginning I wasn't feeling very Well, but they did everything to make me feel better (they even gave me a natural pill from the spice garden)!! For lunch, we had to make our own food, and it was very good and nice how to learn to make sri lankan curry!
I would recommend kamal and sigul too my friends immediately!
Kind regards, Floris & marie from Belgium