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Kandyan Dance Performance

72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 222231
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The kandyan heritage
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
72 Sangaraja Mawatha | Kandyan Cultural Centre, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 222231
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The theatre reminded me of my high school performance hall. I guess it was the drapes and seating. This was thoroughly entertaining and interesting. Our driver purchased unreserved seats and we opted for the balcony section. I noted that many tour groups had reserved front...More

Thank sheyb2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reading some of the reviews I was a little disappointed with what they were saying. This show is run and performed by the locals, its not a professional dance show, they do this in their spare time as a hobby. It was lovely to watch...More

Thank Fiona C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highlight - it was good to see local dancing... English language sheets explaining dance types were printed with low ink and therefore unreadable as most words were missing! Such a shame that the performers looked like they didn't want to be there and yawned on...More

Thank Pokumon_London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Still puzzeled by the performance. For foreigners the show is difficult to follow but the enthousiasm displayed is nice. Some parts of the show felt a bit amateur like.

Thank Daan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Boring, uncoordinated performance by locals who don‘t seem to enjoy what they are doing. Right after the show, some of the staff reaches to the entrance with they giant tip boxes, to ask for money. Definitely not recommendable, sace your time and money.

1  Thank Markus P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The dancers are not really synchronised, but since that's not the main point of the show but to show you the clothes and the culture, it's ok.

Thank Ljubiskatle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My review is pretty much going to echo what almost everyone has said. Yes it's interesting, yes it's enteratining (for the first 30 minutes) but then you kind of get the sense that 'Ok, done that now, how do I get out!' which is never...More

2  Thank Hoppy22
Reviewed 9 December 2017

We came by for the cultural show after visiting the Buddha tooth relic museum next door. It's a 1-hour show that displays the culture of Sri Lanka. I saw some performers who were energetic while a few seem rather unsure of their steps. Good to...More

Thank Lee_family_219053
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

We were in YMBA. The performance took 1h includes 10 dances. The dancers skills are rather poor or the show is not well prepared, for most time they dance out of sync. The positive is music played by drummers and dancers traditional clothes. The ticket...More

1  Thank jjedyta
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Traditional Kandyan dances include the cobra dance, mask dance and the Ginisila - dancing and waling on fire, the Kandyan Dance, percussion only and Geta Beraya, drum only, performers dance, sing and do acrobatics. Costume are impressive and colourful. Unfortunately, not all the dancers perform...More

Thank Esther M
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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