Kandy Temple Run Tour
Your tour starts when you are picked up from your Kandy hotel at 8:00 am. You will be visiting Embekke temple, Gadaladeniya temple, Lankathilaka viharaya, Degaldoruwa cave temple. After lunch you will be visiting the UNESCO world heritage site, Temple of the Tooth.You will finish off the tour of the temple of the tooth relic at 3:30 pm. You will then complete your tour at 5:30 pm at your hotel.
Get a chance to see the amazing architecture, sculptures and statues. Visit 1 UNESCO world heritage site.
- Transport throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
- Hotel pickup & drop-off from/to Kandy.
- 1-Liter of bottled mineral water per person.
- All taxes & service charges.
- Entrance fees.
- Food or drinks.
- Gratuities (optional).
- Expenses of personal nature.
What to Expect
Your tour starts when you are picked up from your Kandy hotel at 8:00 am. You will be first visiting Embekke Temple, getting there at 8:40 am. The woodworking of Embekke is unique and perfectly done and several detailed woodcarving panels decorate the pillars, walls and roof. After going around Embekke Temple you will be leaving for Gadaladeniya Vihara at 9:10 am.
You will get to Gadaladeniya by 9:30 am. Gadaladeniya Temple was built just before Embekke in the early 14th century. It was the creation of a South Indian architect, and the magnificent giant golden Buddha statue, slightly worn but still visibly detailed sculptures and paintings and the interesting main stupa structure with its four satellite stupas are a historic feast for your eyes. You will finish viewing Gadaladeniya by 10:00 am and leave for Lankatilaka Vihara.
You will get there by 10:40 am. Lankatilaka Temple was built by the same king who built Gadaladeniya Temple during the same period. This temple too was the creation of another South Indian architect. The temple was built on uneven bedrock with a granite foundation. It originally had four stories, only some of which are accessible today. The entire temple has a somewhat palace-like architecture, and the image house is especially beautiful. After viewing Lankatilaka you will be leaving at 11:30 pm for Degaldoruwa Cave Temple.
You will be getting to Degaldoruwa by 12:30 pm. This temple was built in a cave dug into a large rock. Degaldoruwa Cave Temple is famed for its detailed Kandyan style paintings which were restored by the Italian Expert Dr. Luciano Maranzi. You will get to see the colorful paintings on Buddhism in the Kandyan era, which cover the insides of the temple entirely. After seeing this awe-striking sight you will be moving back to Kandy City at 1:00 pm.
You will be back in Kandy City by 1:30 pm, where you will be taking a break of an hour to have lunch at a restaurant of your choice. After lunch you will be visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Temple of the Tooth at 2:30 pm. The temple was once the royal palace complex. It houses what is believed to be the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. The entire sprawling complex shows its royal roots with the white, gold and wooden architecture.
You will finish off the tour of the Temple of the Tooth Relic at 3:30 pm. At this point you will have the option of returning to your hotel completing the tour or continuing on to an optional gems and crafts tour. If you are interested in continuing, your guide will take you to a gem museum where a lapidary will give you an exclusive guided tour and also to some of the best craft workshops where you receive a tour as well as an opportunity to purchase some of the products. You will then complete your tour at 5:30 pm at your hotel
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour.