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Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 77 135 8955
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Private Full-Day Tour of Kandy Sights Including Kandy Cultural Dance Show
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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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 December 2014
SF, California
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 balcony as we had a clear view and were not to close to the drummers... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 of a series of ritual dances. I think I just misunderstood what it was.

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 on a stage. The shed where it was held leaks in the rain.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the headgear she will have a lot of bad luck or get very sick even... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

We went because a friend recommended to us. We were travelling through India beforehand and saw amazing Rajasthani dances in Udaipur and Kathakali in Kochi (both of these also very touristy like this), which were magnificent, so we came here with high expectations. Unfortunately, this was very amateur like and after a while we were just eyes on our watches... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

colourful, original and noisy. Loved the antiquated social hall and the dancers' costumes. Takes place early at 5.30pm and lasts about one hour.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Energetic and noisy drumming with back flipping dancers. Quite repetitive. Awful toilets in complete disrepair. We left half way through. Use your time in Kandy doing something else.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

I didn't know what to expect but I was very surprised. Our driver did the reservation in the afternoon and we had very good places. The costumes are beautiful and the dancers seem to enjoy doing the show. I loved the fact that I could see a very different culture from mine. The only problem is the parking spot but... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2014

The dance is well performed with enthusiastic and energetic performance. The theater by itself is a comfortable place. If you are coming by yourself, i.e., not with an organized group, go to balcony and sit in a front.

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