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Places to Shop when in Kandy – Hill Capital of Sri Lanka

Beautiful Kandy is just right for a relaxing holiday. As the last kingdom of Sri Lanka, the city is steeped in history. Kandy is also a cosmopolitan hub allowing one to enjoy loads of holiday shopping.

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Jayamali Batik Centre

Jayamali Batik Centre

Winding country roads and a border of misty hills draw many holidaymakers to the ancient city of Kandy. The place reflected the culture in both sightseeing and shopping. Jayamali Batik Centre is where you can acquire some of the best batik creations in the country. Located within the Kandy Central Market this shop has many unique creations such as batik ladies and gents wear, beautiful wall hangings depicting local scenes, batik bags, colourful batik cushion covers, table cloths and even very authentic batik postcards. If you are looking for some really exclusive products check out the range of silk designer sarees, silk skirts, silk wraparounds and even silk beachwear. For further details check out the official website at 'jayamalibatiks.com'.

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Shops and Kiosks around Temples and Roadside

Shops and Kiosks around Temples and Roadside

Kandy has many places of interest and of all places to visit in Kandy the temples are the most famous. Outside the Lankatilaka Temple, for instance, you will come across tradesmen selling a variety of wooden masks. These wooden masks are an integral part of the Sri Lankan culture with each having a significant relevance, such as warding off the evil eye, charms for good luck, fertility etc. If you love rustic items do pick up one or two of the colourful masks which will prove to be a distinctive addition to your home's decor. The craftsmen operate their workshops just outside the temple and are open to bargaining, although the general cost of a mask is only around a 1000 Sri Lankan rupees.

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Gamage Stores Souvenir Handicrafts

Gamage Stores Souvenir Handicrafts

This is the best places for buying authentic local souvenirs. All manner of Sri Lankan handicraft items are for sale here, such as wooden elephants, traditional masks, serene Buddha statues, key tags made from a local material, unique pencils, statues of fishermen, wooden puzzles and a range of leather products. This dealer has branches across the country and is well stocked with prized local souvenirs, so you have a wide choice to choose from. Best of all the shop is located at the Station Market just outside the Kandy train station, at the entrance to the city centre and a few minutes from the Earl's Regency; offering easy access no matter where you choose accommodation in Kandy.

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The Kandy City Centre

The Kandy City Centre

One of the most convenient venues for shopping in Kandy, the City Centre located at Dalada Veediya is home to a variety of shops selling all manner of goods. Shops selling garments, leather products, footwear, Lingerie, branded watches, pens and clothing are found here. The complex is a modern building offering elegant confines to wander around as well as a fine selection of restaurants and cafes, including a speciality Sri Lankan cuisine restaurant.

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Jewelex

Jewelex

A fine collection of local gems crafted into modern design jewellery is available at this well established jewellery store. Handpicked creations in gold and silver will dazzle you while the shop is open to creating jewellery in any design you have in mind.

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