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]
|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|
|Tea accompanied with local sweets|
|Lunch + cooking experience (only for full day tour)|
|A souvenir to take back home|
|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.