Kandy FAQs

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Area geography

Kandy is situated 465 metres above the sea level and is surrounded by mountains and forests. The city of Kandy is nestled between the Knuckles Mountains Range and the Hanthana Mountain Range. The artificial Kandy lake is one of the main attractions of the city.

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The currency of Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan rupee. You will find plenty of ATMs spread all over the city in Kandy. Credit cards are accepted at major stores, malls and shops.

Cellular service for tourists

Mobitel and Dialog are the most popular and cost-effective mobile service operators in Sri Lanka and both of these have outlets at the international airport in Colombo. You can buy prepaid SIM cards from them and avoid international roaming charges.

Wifi internet

Wi-Fi is not so easily available in Kandy. Some of the hotels in Kandy provide Wi-Fi service to their guests. The Wi-Fi services at these hotels maybe complimentary or chargeable. You can also look for Internet Cafés in the city.

Drinking laws

The legal drinking age in Sri Lanka is 25 years.


Tipping is an important part of etiquettes to be observed while touring. Most of the food and beverage outlets add a service charge in the final bill, so tipping is not necessary. However, small tips for good service are always appreciated.


Kandy is a safe city and the people are warm and welcoming. However, like in any other part of the world, it’s best to be cautious and keep your belongings safely at all times.

General information

Languages spoken


Time zones

UTC/GMT + 5:30 hours

Major religions

Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam

Domestic international calling codes

Country Code – 94, City Code – 81

Electricity standards

230 V/50;

Plug type D, G and M

Common greetings

Hello. - Aayu-bo-wan

How are you - Ko-ho-mada

Fine, thank you - Hondai , sthoothiy

What is your name? - nama mokakdha ?

My name is - Magay Nama

Nice to meet you - Hamu veema gana sathu-tui

Please - karu-nah-kara

Thank you - Sthoothiy

You're welcome - saadharayen piligannawaa (not for use when someone says Thank you )

Yes - Ow

No - Na

Excuse me (getting attention) - Samaa-ven-na

I'm sorry - Mata kanagaatuyi

Goodbye - aayubowan

Goodbye (informal) - gihin ennam or yannam

I can't speak Sinhala - Mata Sinhala hondata ka-tha karanna baha

Do you speak English - Oiyate English ka-tha karanna poolu-wanda

Is there someone here who speaks English - English katha karana kenek innawada?

Help! - udhaw karanna!

Good morning - Suba uda-sanak

Good evening - Suba sandyaawak

Good night - Suba raat-riyak

I don't understand - Mata terenne na

Where is the toilet - Vasi-kiliya kohedha