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Kandy Tea ShopKandy is probably the second-most popular city in Sri Lanka. It can be called the cultural capital and is as developed as Colombo, albeit smaller, and a much calmer and cooler town to be in. Having been the last royal capital city – while the Kandyan kings held out against foreign power for 300 years – the elite that walked the land ensured that this city would be rich in culture, history, and tradition. So from tea to crafts to temples – Kandy has it all.

Shopping is a unique experience when in Kandy. While the town center is littered with vendors offering everything from tasty roadside snacks to the latest in mobile phones, shoppers can also visit Kandy City Centre, a shopping complex that houses top brands from around the world.

The city of Kandy is also known for its gems. Visit any of the accredited vendors to purchase the best in gems and jewelry that are unique to the island of Sri Lanka. To add a local touch to your wardrobe, visit one of the many handloom vendors or set out in search of wood craftsman who will create a keepsake of your own to take back home, using age old techniques passed down from generation to generation, master to apprentice.

 

Gems

Sri Lanka is not as well-known for its gems as it is for its tea, but they are precious nevertheless. Most of the gem stores and jewellers in Kandy cater to tourists starting with an informative video on the gem industry and ending up at the showroom. Ladies, be prepared to swoon at the glitter!

Gem Shop

Fabrics

Sri Lankan specialities are batik and handloom, and loose fabric, as well as various items made out of it, can be found in certain stores in Kandy.

Batick SHop

Vintage and antique Shopping

You will be truly fascinated by this quaint shop at the drop of a hat! It features an eclectic collection of jewelries, coins, art and traditional masks unique to Sri Lankan culture.

Handicrafts

Clothes

Kandy City Centre has been in action recently enough that it is still somewhat of a novelty. If all you want to buy are a new pair of shoes and some trendy clothes, this is the place to go. With a variety of stores, and entertainment and food for those much-needed breaks, some of the items found in Kandy City Centre aren’t available in different branches of the same store across the country. So leave nothing to chance, if you love it, buy it!

KCC

Souvenirs

Another predictable item on the list, we know. Each part of Sri Lanka has different bits of heritage to show. Handcrafted Wood Carvings sports a workshop where you can see people work as well as purchase from the store. Make sure to bargain though, as the initial prices quoted are pretty steep.

Souvinirs

Tea

Besides the fact that you should buy tea anywhere in Sri Lanka, Kandy is accessible to all the gorgeous tea plantations that come into view the further into hill country you go. So if you don’t have time to make it to Nuwara Eliya, Hatton and so on – which takes a considerable amount of time to get to – Kandy is the best spot to get all that tea. Try the Ceylon Tea Museum, Tea Tang Boutique, or Mlesna Tea Fortress.

Tea Shop

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