Airfare to Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s most cultural – and spiritual – city, Kandy is most famously home to the Temple of the Tooth, which houses a tooth from the Lord Buddha and is an important shrine. After touring a variety of temples, travelers can relax at the Pinawela Elephant Orphanage, with dozens of playful elephants roaming their grounds.
Airfare to Kandy will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Bangalore, India or Colombo, Sri Lanka. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Lankair and Peace Air fly in Sri Lanka. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. SriLankan Airlines is the national airline. However, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and other airlines also stop in Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka’s only international airport.
The most expensive air tickets to Kandy are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Bangalore, India or Colombo, Sri Lanka and traveling overland to Kandy via train, bus and/or ferry.
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Kandy, check out BootsnAll’s Sri Lanka Travel Guide.