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Kandy City, Kandy

Kandy City, the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, is celebrated for its historical depth and vibrant traditions. Nestled in the central highlands, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is famed for the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a sacred site that houses Buddha's tooth and attracts pilgrims worldwide. The city's backdrop of misty hills and the serene Kandy Lake enhances its picturesque appeal, making it a favored destination for both locals and tourists. Kandy's climate provides a cool escape from the tropical heat, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and urban conveniences.


Kandy's historical significance as the last royal capital of the ancient kings' era enriches its cultural landscape, featuring annual celebrations like the Esala Perahera festival. The city is not only a hub for spiritual and cultural activities but also acts as a central point for commerce and education in the region. Modern developments alongside preserved heritage sites create a dynamic environment where tradition meets contemporary life. With its strategic location, excellent connectivity, and array of amenities, Kandy continues to be a prime location for experiencing the richness of Sri Lankan heritage and the tranquility of highland life.
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City Insights

tick iconWell-connected by road and rail, with Kandy Railway Station serving as a major transit point.
tick iconSituated in the central province, Kandy offers a cooler climate and scenic views, making it a popular destination for both living and visiting.
tick iconDriven by tourism, local crafts, and educational institutions, Kandy's economy is dynamic and integrates tradition with modernity.
tick iconAs the last royal capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka, the city is rich in historical landmarks, including several well-preserved temples and colonial architecture.
tick iconA focal point for Sri Lankan history and culture, hosting the annual Esala Perahera, a grand festival involving processions of dancers, drummers, and elephants.
tick iconA diverse community, with a mix of ethnic and religious groups contributing to a vibrant cultural tapestry.

Known Landmarks

  • Kandy Lake

  • Temple of the Tooth Relic

  • Queen's Hotel, Kandy

  • Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Connectivity

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Bus Routes

1Colombo - Kandy
9Kataragama - Kandy
12Kandy - Monaragala
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Nearest Train Stations

0kmKandy Railway Station
1.8kmMahaiyawa Railway Station
4kmKatugastota Railway Station
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New Developments

tick iconUpcoming development of modern apartment complexes and condominiums to meet the rising demand for housing.
tick iconKandy is set to enhance its public transport efficiency with the development of a Multimodal Transport Terminal, integrating bus, rail, and pedestrian pathways​.
tick iconConstruction and introduction of a range of apartment complex and gated community projects such as Digana by CPG, Scottish Island - Digana and Dynasty Residence.
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What’s great here?

tick iconCentral location with easy access to major cities and tourist destinations.
tick iconRegular and express train services, along with ample bus routes, link Kandy with Colombo, providing several convenient options for daily commutes and travel​.
tick iconRich cultural scene, numerous dining options, and shopping facilities.
tick iconKandy's cultural scene thrives with its historical significance as the last royal capital and a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, enriching residents' and visitors' experience.
tick iconConvenient access to a comprehensive array of public amenities and services.
tick iconA variety of shopping destinations from modern malls like Kandy City Centre to traditional markets offering local handicrafts and gems.
tick iconConsidered safe with a low crime rate and a strong community feel.
tick iconLush greenery, cooler climate, and preservation of natural and historical sites.
tick iconThe city's landscape is a picturesque blend of colonial architecture and lush greenery, with the Kandy Lake adding a serene beauty to its urban setting.
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What needs attention?

tick iconTraffic congestion in the city center during peak hours and festive seasons.
tick iconA need to expand pedestrian-friendly pathways and public transport options in order to alleviate congestion and promote a more sustainable urban mobility.
tick iconLimited nightlife options compared to Colombo.
tick iconEnhancing recreational facilities in urban areas could improve quality of life and attract more residents and tourists.
tick iconEnhanced street lighting and community policing could further improve safety in less illuminated areas.

Neighbourhood Rating

4.3

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