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Things to do in Central Province

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Buddhist Temple
“Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“It is indeed a nice botanical garden to spend hours. The garden has wide space and plenty to enjoy. It well maintained. Different section of the garden fills heart with different types of feeling. A must visit place.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Place to shop
“KCC Kandy City Center is Kandy's only big commercial mall. The mall looks pretty neat on the inside, You get many shops with quality products and food court is excellent from different kind of food different countries ”
  • 26 locals recommend
National Park
“Horton Plains National Park is a beautiful nature reserve with mysterious landscapes and mountains. The park is located on a 2000-meter high plateau and includes grasslands, thick forests, foggy lakes, waterfalls and huge rocks. It is an excellent place for birdwatchers, but there are more animals such as boar monkeys, deer and even some leopards. The most famous highlight in the park is World’s End. Here the plateau ends in a deep abyss of 870 meters. This provides an amazing view of the surrounding villages, tea plantations and the valley. You have the best view at sunrise in the dry season (October to March). After 9 o’clock in the morning it is often very foggy.   Travel tips Horton Plains & World’s End – Horton Plains is approximately 1 hour’s drive from Nuwara Eliya. You can book a complete tour or just the transport. A return by minivan costs around € 25. – The walk from the entrance of Horton Plains to World’s End is 4 kilometers. Keep in mind that you will leave Nuwara Eliya very early if you want to see the sunrise. – The entire hiking route to World’s End is a 9.5-kilometer tour where you can also visit the Baker Falls waterfalls. It takes about 3 hours at a leisurely walking pace (excluding the stop at World’s End). – Entrance fees for Horton Plains are approximately € 15 per adult, 50% discount for kids 6-12 years.   Best hotels Horton Plains & World’s End Nuwara Eliya is a good base if you want to visit Horton Plains for a day. Our hotel tips for Nuwara Eliya can be found at number 6. But sleeping in or near the park is also possible: Budget to Mid-range: Hill Safari or World’s End Lodge. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“A historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge in the city of Kandy. During the days of the Kandyan kingdom, Udawattakele was known as "Uda Wasala Watta" in Sinhalese meaning "the garden above the royal palace”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cave
“This is very popular and nice place visit in Sri Lanka Tour we can arrange one day tour Bentota to Kandy and this place. If you want anything please contact me book for Villa Bentota. Later we are arrange Sri Lanka round Tour or one day tour up to you.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“The main park in Nuwara Eliya is called Victoria Park, in honor of Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee coronation in 1897. The park spreads out on 27 acres of land and is full of foreign trees and flowers. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Haggala Botanical garden is 6 km away from our property and it is most beautiful botanical garden with a huge variety of flowers and plants. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“This is one of the largest botanical gardens in the South east asia and It is renowned for its collection of orchids.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Waterfall
“A hike to this small, scenic waterfall also offers sweeping views of tea plantations & the city”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climbing to the top of Pidurangala rock”
  • 9 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Amazing temple complex "This series of caves houses multiple Buddha statues. It's a very beautiful place and well worth seeing. You must dress modestly with clothes covering your shoulders and down below your knees. You also need to remove shoes, so make sure you wear short socks as the pavement can be very hot. Highly recommended attraction."”
  • 15 locals recommend
Field
“Only if you are nature lover visit this place. If not this will be very boring place to you. Before this place was agricultural land. Sometimes you can see animal species which are specific to Sri Lanka. There is an observation place in moon plains. You can see mountain range in 360°view. And there is a border of central province of Sri Lanka and Uva province. You can capture group photos here with 360 ° view. It is very awesome. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“One of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is commonly known as the ‘Little Niagara of Lanka’. The St Clair’s falls is situated 3 kilometers west of the Thalawakale Town on the Hatton-Thalawakale Highway in Nuwara Eliya District. The Kotmale River a tributary of the longest river in Sri Lanka, River Mahaweli is the water source for the falls – which slopes down over three rock outcrops to a large pool of water. The waterfall consists of two falls ‘Maha Ella’ (Sinhalese for the Greater Fall) which is approximately 80 metres high and 50 metres wide while the ‘Kuda Ella’ (Sinhalese for the Smaller Fall) is 50 metres high and located just below the downstream of the Maha Ella.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Dance Studio
“ THE KANDY LAKE IS A MAGNIFICENT LEGACY THAT SPEAKS OF A BYGONE ERA AND TRANSFORMS THE HILL CAPITAL INTO A PLACE OF BEAUTY ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Waterfall
“Devon Falls, Nuwara Eliya is especially recognized for its clear view from the Hatton-Nuwara Eliya Road. And for the great deal of excitement a special viewpoint is setup from Dimbula with parking facilities. If you need to find out the place it is right opposite to the famous Mlesna tea factory where you can have a fresh cup of tea as well. No matter you intentionally arrived to see Devon falls or not, every single person who passes by breaks for a little rest at this point. Devon falls is named after a British planter who was a pioneer in introducing and expanding coffee plantations in Sri Lanka.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“The pub is in an excellent location and is a great bar! Really enjoyed you will enjoie night out there!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This popular venue offers a variety of authentic indian cuisine, which is prepared by a celebrity chef who hails from North India.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Kentucky Fried Chicken is a globally recognised franchise so I believe the visitors will feel comfortable with the food and the atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Food Court
“Budget and Clean Food .. Guaranteed . Favourite local cuisine and many more. Best reviewed from tourists.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
Restaurant
“One of the best places in Nuwara Eliya, sometimes it gets crowded due to cost effectiveness and popularity.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Pizza Place

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