Discover the hidden treasure of Sri Lanka; The Holy City of Kandy [4 - 5 hours]

Improve your knowledge about a distinct art and the long history of traditional local industries. Experience in watching how different arts and crafts are made - brassware, coconut shell crafts, patchworks (needle crafts), batik, etc. This is an excellent community-based tour led by an experienced guide. So in turn, you contribute to the wellbeing of the local community.

You will meet: Upali Nawarathne [SID: 6]
Upali is a 59 year old village craftsman, engaged in brassware with the support of his family. He is also an active member of the ‘Nattarampola Rural Colonial Industrial Cooperative Society’. Having started craftsmanship in 1982, soon after having left school, post his education, Upali now holds over 38 years of experience in the industry. In addition to his work as a brass craftsman, Upali is also a local tour guide, certified by the Central Province Tourism Department, explaining the local arts and crafts to our valued guests. Upali also possesses vast knowledge on other crafts in the industry, and assures that our guests will receive the best experience when exploring the village and community with him.
Starting time - 9.00 am
Transport for arrival and departure to the Arts and Crafts Village from any location can be organized on request for an additional fee.
Children aged between 6 to 12 years of age will be charged 50% of the adult’s rate
Service of real local craftsman who talk good English as your guide
Bottled water
Tea accompanied with local sweets
Lunch + cooking experience (only for full day tour)
A souvenir to take back home
Government taxes
Any transportation (can be arranged on request)
Any tips to the staff

Tour In Brief

Built in 1965 by one of the former Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka, the Arts and Crafts village in Kandy, is a village built for the local craftsmen in the area to showcase their artwork. The craft village is situated 10 kilometers off the main city of Kandy.

The manufacturing of crafts in the village has a long history - dating back to the times of the Colonial British Era in Sri Lanka. It can be said that even back in the day, families would visit this original village or stop by on their way to Kandy to purchase various crafts.

However, with the arrival of alternative commercialized imported products into the current market, and the younger generations of these craft families moving away from the industry is posing a threat to the continuity of this village’s long heritage. Despite all the challenges faced, the demand for their handmade one-of-a-king products remain alive due to the sheer willpower and dedication of those involved in the industry.