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Kandy

Got a lift into Dambulla from our guest house with our Dutch friends and caught a bus straight away for the two and a half hour journey to Kandy. Pretty, lush scenery. The auto rickshaw driver at Kandy station had problems finding our homestay - no name on building and only half built! - accommodation level one completed but second storey (where breakfasts/meals served on request) more like a building site. We stayed 4 nights in two different rooms - the first had the room number upside down at the bottom of the door and the second room had the number on the inside of the door!!! That sort of place ... but very friendly owner and wife, quite okay overall and just about the nearest place to town close to the lakeside.

Kandy is the 2nd city of Sri Lanka and "majestic Kingdom of the hills" as the welcome sign says at the railway station. It is pleasantly cooler - in the evening at least - being 600 metres above sea level. Busy, bustling town plus a pretty lake to stroll around with large leafy trees for shade.

The lake is a good place for spotting wildlife - large warans and terrapins (check photos!) as well as plenty of birds (particularly cormorants and various herons/egrets) with large nesting colonies in some of the trees on the far side of the lake. Only problem, watch out for the "caca" under those trees. Also, on the way into town there is a particular area where thousands of crows rest for the night. Walking under there you hear the regular splat splat of bird shit hitting the ground close by and the one night we forgot to take an umbrella for protection one splat was straight between Alan's shoulders!

The main site in Kandy itself is the Temple of the Tooth but it is also worth visiting the four devales (temples) (three in the grounds - free entry - adjoining the Temple of the Tooth and one in the middle of town). These are both peaceful and very interesting - and good to see religions closely mixed together: Buddhist + Hindu.

The botanical gardens - a 20+ minute bus ride out at Peradeniya - is also a great place to spend a few hours. Magnificent trees and gardens, beautifully kept, plus monkeys and, in one part, thousands of large fruit bats hanging out (literally!) in the trees.

Kandy still retains quite a few buildings from the colonial days and one place we would particularly recommend for a beer is the Royal Bar and Hotel. Very well maintained with lots of old posters from the Ceylon days. The upstairs bar is particularly pleasant with old pictures of a very young Queen from coronation times at each end of the bar, gently whirring ceiling fans, jazz music quietly in the background, chilled glass awaiting your cold beer ... ...

Very enjoyable few days ...

Temple of the Tooth - from across lake

Temple of the Tooth - from across lake


Guest house dining area!

Guest house dining area!


Lake view from guest housse

Lake view from guest housse


Queens Hotel

Queens Hotel


Temple of the Tooth 1

Temple of the Tooth 1


Temple of the Tooth 2

Temple of the Tooth 2


Temple of the Tooth 3

Temple of the Tooth 3


Temple of the Tooth - entrance

Temple of the Tooth - entrance


Temple of the Tooth  - taking in the offerings

Temple of the Tooth - taking in the offerings


Temple of the Tooth inside 1

Temple of the Tooth inside 1


Temple of the Tooth inside detail

Temple of the Tooth inside detail


Temple of the Tooth offerings

Temple of the Tooth offerings


Temple of the Tooth offerings 2

Temple of the Tooth offerings 2


Temple of the Tooth inside xxx1

Temple of the Tooth inside xxx1


Temple of the Tooth inside xxx2

Temple of the Tooth inside xxx2


Temple of the Tooth 7

Temple of the Tooth 7


Stupa and Temple of the Tooth

Stupa and Temple of the Tooth


Buddha shrine at Natha Devale

Buddha shrine at Natha Devale


Buddha shrine at Natha Devale 2

Buddha shrine at Natha Devale 2


Stupa and St Paul's Church

Stupa and St Paul's Church


Vishnu Devale

Vishnu Devale


Sacred Bo tree

Sacred Bo tree


Offerings at sacred both tree

Offerings at sacred both tree


Pattini Devale(?)

Pattini Devale(?)


Kataragama Devale

Kataragama Devale


Kataragama Devale 2

Kataragama Devale 2


Lake towards town

Lake towards town


lake towards Temple of the Tooth

lake towards Temple of the Tooth


lakeside pathway to town

lakeside pathway to town


Lake

Lake


lake view 2

lake view 2


Lake 4

Lake 4


Ubiquitous squirrel

Ubiquitous squirrel


Egret

Egret


Ugly bill bird

Ugly bill bird


heron

heron


large Waran

large Waran


Large waran up tree

Large waran up tree


terrapin

terrapin


Clock Tower and Buddha on hill

Clock Tower and Buddha on hill


Clock tower and traffic

Clock tower and traffic


Around town 1

Around town 1


Around town 2

Around town 2


Around town 3

Around town 3


Lorries

Lorries


Auto rickshaws - multicoloured

Auto rickshaws - multicoloured


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - Fruit bats

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - Fruit bats


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - Fruit bats too

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - Fruit bats too


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - Monkeys

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - Monkeys


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - suspension bridge

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - suspension bridge


Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - view from bridge

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - view from bridge


Market

Market


Market 2

Market 2


market 3

market 3


Market - Alan buying bananas

Market - Alan buying bananas


Market - spices

Market - spices


Royal Bar and Hotel

Royal Bar and Hotel


Royal Bar and Hotel - upstairs bar

Royal Bar and Hotel - upstairs bar


Royal Bar and Hotel - The Queen

Royal Bar and Hotel - The Queen


Royal Bar and Hotel - Cheers!

Royal Bar and Hotel - Cheers!


Royal Bar and Hotel -> Cheers!  2

Royal Bar and Hotel -> Cheers! 2

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Sri Lanka

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