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Kandyan Dance Performance

72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 17 December 2014

really awesome! performers were really talented. suggest better ventilation as the hall was very hot and with lots of people, there was not much ventilation. red cross items for sale affordable. Traffic is a nightmare.

Thank Danash2014
Reviewed 16 December 2014

The traditional dance performance at Kandy (performance happens at three places) is really quite unique to this part of the country. We visited the Kandy Art Center behind the Temple of the tooth. This place is located adjacent to the lake and can be accessed...More

Thank Pramod S
Reviewed 15 December 2014

this is traditional and cultural dance. In comparison to Moscow or Malasia this dance is weak. but if you stayed a night in Kandy ,it is a good palce to see. A company (select srilanka) arranged our trip and we should thank them for good...More

1  Thank Khosrojerdi
Reviewed 15 December 2014

Dance performance at Cultural centre is very good. You can see amazing performances giving you insight of Srilanka's culture and history.

Reviewed 14 December 2014

We liked the fact that you are given a print out that describes each dance. Get there early to get as close to the front as possible. We found that the first six or so rows were reserved for coach parties etc. Lovely costumes. Enjoyed...More

Thank freelizzy
Reviewed 10 December 2014

Having seen several other ethic dance performance throughout Asia we are not easily impressed, so for us it was just alright. We attended the evening performance at the cultural center just outside of the Temple of the Tooth. We were glad we sat in the...More

Thank seafare74
Reviewed 7 December 2014

The performers were really talented and the music was great. I guess I was just expecting something that felt a little more authentic. Instead we were ushered into an old theater to watch the performance, and I felt like I was watching a play instead...More

Thank NAM830
Reviewed 6 December 2014

The dancers were out of time and if their expressions were anything to go by they weren't enthusiastic about performing. I found myself getting bored not long into the performance. Perhaps this type of dance would be better witnessed in a celebratory procession rather than...More

Thank Erin T
Reviewed 5 December 2014

It was beautiful to see and hear the famous Kandy dancers. At the end there was a big fire show. We loved it. It was a good experience in sri lankan culture. And you can connect it with a visit to the Tooth Temple nearby.

1  Thank Sabine N
Reviewed 4 December 2014

The headgear in the ves costume can only be worn by the males and can only be worn after a special ceremony called ves mangalaya in which the male dancer first wears the ves costume and dances. Legend also says that if a female wears...More

2  Thank diarykeeper
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20 June 2017|
Response from Shutterbug_Iyer | Reviewed this property |
Our guide collected LKR 1000 each. Not sure how much the hotel charges.
22 June 2015|
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Response from ramki1958 | Reviewed this property |
5pm. But at that time it is a scramble to get good seating - no reserved seating exists. Reach about 15 to 30 minutes early. The duration is about an hour including a Fire dance which is outside the performance hall.
Shane M
10 February 2015|
Response from Go55 | Reviewed this property |
You buy tickets at the entrance of the Red Cross Hall where the performances are held. I would buy tickets early to get good seats. From the Temple of the Tooth, you walk along the lake away from the downtown/shopping/ area... More