Kandy One Day Tour - 1 Day

What are the important places to visit on the Kandy One day tour?

  1. Pinnawala elephant orphanage

  2. Spice garden

  3. Tooth relic temple

  4. Peradeniya botanical garden

  5. Kandy city/Downtown Kandy

  6. Tea plantation and Tea factory

  7. Upper lake

Proceeding of the Kandy one day tour

06.00 am Pick-up from the hotel in Colombo

09.00 am Arrive Pinnawala elephant orphanage and witness the elephant herd and bathing

10.00 am Visit the spice garden and learn about spices and herbs

12.00 pm Visit royal botanical garden of Peradeniya

01.30 pm Lunch break

02.30 pm Visit tooth relic temple and upper lake

04.00 pm Visit downtown and shopping area

05.30 pm Visit the factory and plantation

08.00 pm Arriving at your hotel in Colombo

Kandy One Day Tour

With the Kandy one day tour, you can enjoy a conformable riding experience, in one of our modern fully air-conditioned comfortable vehicles. We allocate a separate vehicle for each booking, means on this Kandy one day tour you have the maximum privacy without any intruders. This is a refreshing change giving you the liberty to enjoy the tour on your own and do it at your own pace. You are not a part of a big crowded bus anymore.

Even though there is a documented program giving the instructions to our experienced guide about the proceeding of the tour, you are welcome to make slight twists in order to make your Kandy one day tour more interesting.

The vehicle allocated to your Kandy one day tour is a comfortable and air-conditioned car, van, mini-coach or a coach, depending on the number of persons in your group. Our booking engine features a special functionality called “group booking”, which gives you discounts as the number of persons in the group increases.

The Kandy one day tour starts in Colombo, however, since this is an individual tour the starting point and location is flexible; you can discuss with our consultant and arrange pick-up location. There might be an additional charge if you start the tour on a faraway city from Colombo, but there will be no supplement charge if the pick-up location is within the borders of Colombo.

Colombo is a crowded city with hordes of vehicles, especially during the rush hour, therefore we usually pick-up our customers before the traffic buildup and leave the city within few minutes and thereby avoids the traffic congestion and save time. If the starting point is the Colombo international airport, it is very convenient for the trip as the airport located outside of Colombo and towards Kandy. We can arrange your pick-up timing for the Kandy one day tour on par with your arrival time.

After the drive-through Colombo suburb, the travellers arrive at the more greenish surrounding and fewer traffic regions, this point onward, until Kandy you will encounter only moderate traffic, except in cities. You will roll up along beautiful coconut plantations, rubber plantations, rice paddies, green-capped Jagged Mountains and beautiful countryside of which dominating colour is green. After about 3 hours drive you will arrive at Pinnawala elephant orphanage, which is the first stop on the Kandy one day tour unless otherwise, you did not request a stop before that.

Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Pinnawala elephant orphanage is the first stop on Kandy one day tour, it is the home of a bunch of elephants, which was rescued from the Sri Lankan jungle as they were struggling with life. Some these jumbos we sick while some other wounded, due to many reasons, at the time they were found. These perilous and helpless animals are brought to the orphanage and taken care of with the supervision of doctors and caretakers. However, these animals are not released to the jungle again, due to some constraints that put their lives in danger.

Elephant bath

Elephant bath is very interesting and a large number of people is gathering to witness the elephant bath, which happens in the nearby river. The 2 hours showpiece is a unique experience for everyone, where about a fifty animal gather to have a refreshing bath.

Visiting spice garden on the Kandy one day tour

You will spend about one hour at the elephant orphanage before continuing the journey to Kandy, however, there is another stop arriving at Kandy, which is the spice garden. The spice garden showcases a large number of spices and herbs found in tropics. The flowers, fruits, plants, trees of various spices and herbs are on the display and will be introduced to you during the guided tour in the garden. This is the opportunity to discover a large number of spices as well as herbs and learn economical benefits of them.

At the spice garden, you will be given some information about the most ancient indigenous healing system known as Ayurveda, which is in practice on the island for more than 2000 years. Spices and herbs are not only used for making delicious food but also extensively used in Ayurveda to prepare the medicine. You can also sip a cup of herbal tea here; you are also given a healing treatment (oil massage) to rejuvenate your mind and body as a welcome gesture from the garden. The stop at the spice garden will be around 1 hour and it can be bit longer depending on your interest in the trees and plants.


The Kandy one day tour reaches its climax with arrival to Kandy, which is the next stop after the spice garden. There are many places to explore in Kandy however due to the time constrains only the important tourist attractions are included in the Kandy one day tour.

Royal botanical garden

Here, the guests have their own 1-hour free time to explore the beautiful garden, which is the most popular botanical garden on the island and attracts more than 2 million people every year. The botanical garden encompasses more than 147 acres of land and sits 460 meters above sea level. The green cover of the Peradeniya botanical garden is comprised of more than 4000 different species of trees and plants.

Tooth relic temple

If you have a religious buff, this is the most interesting attraction in Kandy one day tour, and of course, it is most sacred Buddhist temple on the island and visited by millions of devotees every year. You will be taken to the temple and introduced to important places such as image house, museum, Natha Devala, Pattiruppuwa and relic chamber in a guided tour with our experienced guide.

Upper Lake

Upper lake plateau overlooking Kandy city is a viewpoint, giving a bird’s eye view on the beautiful city of Kandy, tooth relic temple, Kandy Lake and Udawattekele sanctuary. The viewpoint lies about 200 meters above the city, which situated in a valley, surrounded by mountains.

Downtown Kandy

The Kandy one day tour is incomplete without a visit to the downtown Kandy,  where there is thousands of shops selling various items such as gems and Jewelry, textiles, vegetable, fruits, leatherwear, tea, souvenir and many many more. Perhaps you might like to have your own time in the busy market area; however, the guide will stop the vehicle in a few locations, which is important to most visitors of Sri Lanka. During the city tour, you can buy various handmade souvenirs, Batik, Silk, clothing, Tea, Authentic Sri Lankan craft and jewellery, to remember your Kandy one day tour.

This tour includes entire ground transportation with English speaking tour guide (please inquire if you require a guide for other languages), site guides, all the entrance fees, pick-up from hotel, departure transfer, and all taxes.

In Pinnawala you can wash an elephant and make an elephant back ride in the beautiful countryside. However, this is an optional activity and the participants have to pay at the site. You’re memorable Kandy one day tour comes to the end with the visit to the shopping area of Kandy and the departure transfer follows. The departure transfer takes around 3 hours from Kandy to Colombo. If you are heading to the airport the time taken for the transfer is about 30 minutes less.


  • Arriva/departure transfer
  • Entire ground transportation as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned car
  • Sightseeing tour of Kandy
  • Tooth relic temple
  • Kandy lake
  • Pinnawala elephant t orphanage
  • Tea factory
  • Tourist driver
  • All government taxes

Price does not include

  • All entrance fees
  • Tips
  • Food and drinks
  • Flight tickets
  • Camera permits

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Price From USD 150 USD $ 110/person
Total $ 110 USD

Trip Facts

  • Private transport