With two full days in Kandy, you have time to check out the historic city’s most important attractions and still visit area tea plantations, go on a food tour, and even learn how to whip up traditional Sri Lankan fare yourself. Here’s how.
Day 1: Cultural Highlights
**Morning:**On your first morning in Kandy, visit the city's most important attraction: The Temple of the Tooth. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses one of the Buddha's teeth, though the relic itself is not often on display. Many city tours start here and are great for familiarizing yourself with local religious customs.
**Afternoon:**Just north of the temple sits the Royal Palace of Kandy; it's the next stop for most full-day tours. Don't miss the Natha Devale shrine, which dates to the Middle Ages. If you have time, stop by the International Buddhist Museum to learn how Buddhism is practiced around the world.
**Night:**After grabbing dinner at one of the many restaurants along Kandy Lake, head over to the nearby Kandyan Art Association to check out a dance and traditional drumming performance. You may even see a fire walking demonstration along with traditional dance styles.
Day 2: Culinary Kandy
**Morning:**Sri Lanka has long been an important tea producer, and there are plenty of plantations in the Kandy area that are open to visitors. On your second morning, consider a guided tour to a local tea estate; you can even go by mountain bike if you want to some exercise.
**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head back to Kandy for lunch, but instead of sitting down for a meal at a restaurant, consider a food tour. These walking tours tend to cover a lot of ground, giving you the chance to fill up on all sorts of local snacks and sweets.
**Night:**Continue your culinary experience into the evening with a cooking class in the home of a local. You not only learn how to make all sorts of popular dishes, but you also get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor for dinner.