Rent a car in Kandy
Kandy is another one of those destinations that most tourists have on their ‘must-visit’ lists when planning a rent a car holiday in Sri Lanka. In addition to popularities such as the Sri Dalada Maligawa and the Royal Botanical Gardens, festivals such as the Esala Perahera and the natural beauty of the town make it a charming destination.
The route from Colombo to Kandy is about 3 to 3 and a half hours via the Colombo-Kandy A1 highway. It is possible to rent a car in Kandy and drive there yourself, or, if the drive is too long for you, we offer professional drivers along with the car rental so you can relax during the journey.
When in Kandy
Car rental in Kandy allows you to explore some excellent cultural, historical, and natural beauties.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Also known as the Sri Dalada Maligawa, this Buddhist Temple houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and is located in the Royal Palace Complex of the former kingdom of Kandy. Three times a day, rituals are performed at this Temple, and tourists from all over the world come here for blessings from the Monks.
National Museum of Kandy
Just next to the Temple is this museum, where the primary exhibits are housed in the former home of the King’s Harem while the secondary exhibits are housed in the main palace building.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Drive your Kandy car about 5kms west of the city and you will reach the Royal Botanical Gardens (Peradeniya). While the garden exhibits more than 4000 species of plants sprawled across an area of over 147 hectares, it is renowned for its collection of beautiful Orchids.
A visit to Kandy center with your rent a car undoubtedly means that you have seen the Kandy Lake. It is located at the heart of the city and is surrounded by colonial-style buildings and the Royal Palace Complex. This is a man-made, protected lake where fishing is banned but boat rides are a much sought after recreational activity.
Just past the Royal Palace Park, you come across ‘Rajapihilla Mawatha’, a road which will take you 550 meters above sea level, to the popular lookout point of Arthur’s Seat. Here you will see a stunning, panoramic view of the Kandy Lake, the Royal Palace Complex, Sri Dalada Maligawa, and the entire Kandy City.