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Underrated things to do in Kandy - Grab your friends and explore away!

Kandy is a sublime city with rich cultural heritage. The recent years have seen it become a popular tourist destination, however here are some of the top underrated things to do in Kandy.


Visit the International Buddhist Museum.

When considering the various things to do in Kandy, Sri Lanka as a nation would make sure you visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Adjacent to the temple lies the International Buddhist Museum which can be an often over-looked location albeit one with so much significance. The museum is actually the only one in the whole world that highlights and showcases the spread of Buddhism throughout all of Asia, with a room dedicated to each country, one can learn its origins and the influence it has throughout the cultures and people of multiple countries.


Visit a Tea Garden.

Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as mentioned across various tea packets, is famous for this little drink. It is, in fact, the world's number one tea producing country which isn't an easy feat. The Giragama Tea Plantation is a famous spot that offers in-depth tours of its factory and facilities which will open your eyes and senses to how this industry works and the process of which the product is manufactured and delivered across the globe. The aroma from the factory has been a highlight to many in the region, and to the many tourists who pay this plantation a visit. Being a few kilometers from the main city of Kandy, The Girigama Tea Plantation is must see for anyone visiting this historic city.


Check out a Traditional Kandyan Dance Show.

If you ask someone to guide you to a traditional Kandyan dance show, you'll easily find directions as these performances are held almost every night. Stemming from rich cultural heritage it truly is a sight for the eyes that incorporate intricately designed clothing that feature any motifs adorned by the dancers who put on masks before their performance. Hand drums are generally used to add the music along with the addition of fire that truly elevates this experience. The performers even execute an astonishing feat later, by walking barefoot on fire. This dance marks an iconic Sri Lankan experience, so much so that even some Sri Lankan rupee notes feature pictures of it.


Go for a Walk near the Kandy Lake.

The 2-mile pathway around the lake is truly an essential experience. Considered the most iconic location in the city, it's located in the centre of Kandy. An artificial lake that was constructed all the way back in 1807 by the former king of Sri Lanka Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, it is both stunning and serene. The lake hosts a variety of little animals from ducks to pelicans who roam freely in the waters, the scenery makes for some gorgeous spectacle. With benches spread out across various spots, you can easily sit down and marvel at its raw beauty. Hotel Hilltop Kandy offers a stunning view overlooking the lake and city in all its glory


Visit a Spice Garden.

Another interesting addition to your trip would be to visit a spice garden. Sri Lanka is famous for its high-quality spices such as cinnamon. There are plenty of them spread across the city that offers tours and informative looks into how the processing and harvesting of each spice works, you may additionally purchase straight from the source to take some back with you to add some extra flavour to your dishes.

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