just now: First of 10 evening processions in Kandy
However, if you are not able to spend your holidays in Kandy during those five final days but have a chance to see the earlier Kumbal Perahera, don`t miss it. It`s a first impression and a taste of Sinhalese folk traditions at its best. Kandy Perahera may be famous among tourists, but it is not a tourist show, it`s genuine Sri Lankan.
By the way, access is free. You have to pay for chairs only. And the best way is to reserve a seat in advance. You can do it in almost each and every travel agency all over Sri Lanka. Is it worth it to pay for a seat? It depends. A seat is much more comfortable, of course, and only seats guarantee a good view. But this photo is taken not from a seat but from a free place at the edge of the Kandy Lake. Sri Lanka fans will easily recognize Queens Hotel in the background. Some guests of this hotel with street side balconies will have the very best views. However, during Kumbal Perahera days it is very easy to find good places among locals to see the event without paying any entry fees. But: This will change on the very last two or three evenings. Then Kandy will be too crowded. Then you will only be able to find an observation point from where you can really see the events in case you try to secure such a place hours in advance. Our insider tip is: Better you come on the first two nights of the Randoli Perahera. You will see exactly the same procession as on the very last day, but the city is less crowded. And you will find empty places in the main street Senenayake Veediya, if you are not waiting close to the Tooth Temple and Queens Hotel but in some distance further north. Be aware, the promenades along the lake are very crowded during all 5 evenings of Randoli Perahera. Try to avoid walking along the lake on the side of the Tooth Temple. You would lose a lot of time and maybe cannot move at all in that area.