Kandy travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kandy

With a population of 111.701, Kandy is the largest city in Central, Sri Lanka by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Kandy

Kandy in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kandy in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Kandy


Although Kandy doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Hatton Castlereigh Reservoir (NUF), which is located 48 km from Kandy.


Another option to get to Kandy is to pick up a car hire from Colombo, which is about 96 km from Kandy. You’ll find branches of SR RENT A CAR and Europcar, among others, in Colombo.

Airports near Kandy

Airlines serving Kandy

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British Airways
Good (3,456 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,060 reviews)
Air France
Good (838 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,208 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (4,032 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (732 reviews)
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Etihad Airways
Good (602 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (320 reviews)
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Ethiopian Air
Good (285 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (140 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (4,295 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (822 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (1,013 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kandy

From 5-star hotels such as the The Grand Kandyan to great affordable options like the Viyana Boutique Hotel, Kandy offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $49 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $185 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kandy

Most booked hotels in Kandy

Earl's Regent Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Amaya Hills Kandy
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
Kandy City Hotel By Earl's
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
Kandy View Hotel
Good (6.7, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Kandy

Expect to pay $2.18 per litre in Kandy (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $26.11 and $34.81.