31 Hostels in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Kandy, Sri Lanka. You can choose from 31 Kandy hostels. In total, there are 68 cheap places to stay in Kandy such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $5 for a dorm.

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Kandy Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kandy, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

Total number of hostels


Average dorm price


Average private room price


Cheapest hostel in Kandy


(Villa 92 City Stay is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Kandy


(Deck on the Hills is the best rated)

Most Kandy hostels are located in

Dharmaraja Mawatha

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Kandy for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Kandy for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Kandy? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Kandy alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Kandy. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Kandy (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kandy. To help you make friends with Kandy before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Kandy City

Located in the central province, Kandy, Sri Lanka, is one of the most visited and famous tourist spot and second-largest city in Sri Lanka after Colombo. Kandy is located almost in the middle of the island and it is surrounded by beautiful and thick green forest and mountain. The rail link from Kandy to Badullah is one of the most scenic and beautiful railway track in the world surrounded on both sides by tea plantations. Majority of the people in Kandy follow Christianity while Buddhism and Islam are also followed. The city is peaceful and people are liberal and friendly.

You can find a hostel in Kandy, Sri Lanka, for a great price that includes free breakfast. While there are many hostels in Kandy, Sri Lanka, the price can still go up during peak seasons of tourists, when it is not easy to find a bed in these hostels.

Must visit places in Kandy include the Buddhist temple Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy Lake, Royal Palace of Kandy, Sigiriya, the ancient palace, Botanical Garden of Kandy, National Museum of Kandy, Dambulla Caves, Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Wales Park, and Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Esala Perahera is an annual event, which is celebrated every year in the month of August in Kandy, in which one of the relics of the tooth of the Buddha is carried in the streets of Kandy with dance and drums. People wear traditional dresses and carry the torch and the traditional flags of the old kingdom of Kandy.

The city of Kandy is well connected with the capital through road and rail links. Within the city center lies a two-story municipal market where local spices, tea, meat, fish, and almost anything is available at relatively lower prices set by municipal administration.

Written by local enthusiast for Kandy hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Kandy hostels Brown Traveller

Other Nearby Cities
Kirinda Kirinda (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Nawalapitiya Nawalapitiya (29 Km / 18 mi.)
Kegalle Kegalle (33 Km / 20 mi.)
Pinnawala Pinnawala (33 Km / 20 mi.)
Nuwara Eliya Nuwara Eliya (40 Km / 25 mi.)
Adam's Peak Adam's Peak (52 Km / 32 mi.)
Dalhousie Dalhousie (55 Km / 34 mi.)

FAQ about Kandy Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Kandy. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Kandy. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Kandy Hostels

Hostelz.com shows all 31 Hostels in Kandy. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

The Drop Inn Kandy is the best hostel in Kandy for families.

2in1 Kandy is the best rated hostel in Kandy for female solo travellers.

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  • 10 hotels
  • 26 guesthouses
  • 1 apartment

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Kandy.

Deck on the Hills is the best rated hostel for partying in Kandy.
It offers: Bar.

Travel Tips for Kandy - from the Community

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Your Packing List for Kandy

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Kandy and Sri Lanka.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Kandy