There are many beautiful locations around Sri Lanka, but none as perfect for a couple on their honeymoon than Kandy. Nestled into a plateau high in Sri Lanka’s misty hill country, the ancient kingdom is the perfect, intimate escape for two with a luxurious slow travel atmosphere and perfectly cool tropical climate. Here is a list of interesting things that you can only experience in Kandy.
Spiritual Tour of the Temple of the Tooth
The Temple of the Tooth Relic is situated within the Royal Palace complex. It is a quiet and spiritual outing where you can wander around taking in the sights and scents, embracing the peace that this place exudes. The temple is constantly sought after by believers seeking to give thanks for various milestones in their lives.
Eat Your Heart Out
There are plenty of restaurants that fit all kinds of budgets and palates from local cuisines to international dishes. You can get a taste of anything your heart desires and it will be delicious. Restaurants, eateries and little cafés that are popular among locals and tourists alike are Balaji Dosai, Helga’s Folly, Mlesna Tea Centre, the food court at the Kandy Centre and Natural Coffee.
Discover Tea Culture
Kandy is home to many museums that include the National Museum, the International Buddhist Museum, Royal Palace and the Ceylon Tea Museum.
Despite not having tea estates in the magnitude of Nuwara Eliya, Kandy boasts of some famous plantations including Loolecondera where the first tea bush was planted by James Taylor; the pioneer planter. The tea museum was constructed in 1925 and will take you and your spouse through history and through time, ending with a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon tea that you can enjoy with your partner.
Take romantic walks through the mountains that surround the plateau in search of seclusion and beauty or an elusive waterfall. If you pick a honeymoon hotel in Kandy for your stay, you could arrange with them for some glamping in the hills and have a truly romantic time together by a bonfire in nature’s embrace. One of the hotels that offer this option is Hunas Falls with location dining and picnics on mountaintops.
The Kandyan Cultural Centre puts on a traditional Kandyan dancing performance on request and it is a uniquely Kandyan experience that you can’t enjoy anywhere else in Sri Lanka. You could ask your hotel to organise transport and work out other aspects while you spend the evening absorbing Kandyan culture that has been perfectly preserved all these years.