Hostels in Kandy, Sri Lanka

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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 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.

 Olde Empire Hotel, a popular dining option in Kandy

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.

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FAQ about Kandy Hostels

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A hostel in Kandy costs $11 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Kandy costs $36. (based on price comparison)
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Sizzle Sports Club is the best hostel for partying in Kandy.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

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.
24 Total number of hostels
$11 Average dorm price
$36 Average private room price
$2 Cheapest hostel in Kandy
Central City Hostel is the cheapest
4 Party hostels in Kandy
Sizzle Sports Club is the best rated
6.8 Average rating of all hostels

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Pinnawala (33 Km / 20 mi.)
Nuwara Eliya (40 Km / 25 mi.)
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