Luxury holidays in Kandy

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When to go

Cats should curl up at home in June and November (during the south-west and north-east monsoons respectively), although crafty humans may note that the rains take the edge off the heat during these months and, being a small island, there is always a monsoon-free coast. Do go in July or August for the wild Perahera festivities, if you can stand the crowds.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (, just north of the capital, receives direct flights from Sri Lankan Airlines (, and is also served by one-stop operators including Singapore Airlines (, Cathay Pacific ( and Emirates ( It's about three-and-a-half hours' drive from there to inland Kandy and your hotel can arrange a car transfer for you. Alternatively, grab a heli-shuttle (+94 77 770 3703; in a BelJet Ranger from Colombo airport to Kandy in just 50 minutes.
  • Trains

    Crowded inter-city trains from Colombo to Kandy need prior booking and have very limited luggage space. The Airport Express luxury train service ( from the airport to Colombo aims to cover Kandy next, so watch this space.
  • Automobiles

    Arrive in style with your own chauffeur-guide; Hayleys ( can arrange tours and transport around the country. Self-drive is only for those seeking to be shaken and stirred: road signs and place names are sporadic and the horn rules here. Parking is cheap but takes an expert to locate. If you’re undeterred, try Mal Key rent-a-car (+91 (0)11 236 5251;
  • Taxis

    You won't find cabs on the streets but your hotel can easily arrange one. Alternatively, hail the local dodgem version – a three-wheeler auto-rickshaw or tuk tuk. Drivers are fearless and may claim to be meterless and changeless to wring out extra rupees, so agree fares in advance.