Temple of the Tooth and Royal Botanic Gardens of Kandy – Sri Lanka
I think it’s a fairly common fantasy of travellers to spend a week at a sunny destination such as exotic and mysterious Sri Lanka and think you could see yourself living there. It’s quite another to actually know when you arrive that you’ll be a resident for two years, possibly four.
When we were informed that Sri Lanka would be our next posting, I must admit, I knew very little about it, apart from the tsunami disaster of 2004. We landed in 2009, when the 25 year civil war between the Sinhalese and Tamil inhabitants was just coming to an end. This transition, together with it being a bruised and battered third world country, sparked much apprehension in what would lie ahead for my family.
In these series I will share with you some of the amazing places to see and stay in this country that we recently called home. We spent four unforgettable years in this colourful country, raising our two boys to embrace adventure.
Things to do in Kandy-Sri Lanka’s Second Largest City
Kandy is a fantastic place to start your journey into the Cultural Triangle of the North. We enjoyed the change of scenery and pace that Kandy had to offer. A cooler climate, rolling hills, and a bit more relaxed.
Next to Colombo, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second largest city. The climate is cooler and you begin to see the start of what they call “tea country” here. As far as tourism goes, it is probably best known for housing the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth. Here the relic of the Buddha’s tooth is worshiped. Rituals are performed three times daily that can be observed by tourists. An annual festival called the Perahera (festival of the tooth of Lord Buddha) is held here in grand style at the end of July or beginning of August.
TIP: As with any sacred sites and temples, shoulders and legs should be covered and footwear removed.
The island’s largest botanical garden is held in Kandy and is a peaceful oasis from the traffic and heat. From towering trees with life-like limbs of elaborate roots to colourful hedges and rare orchids, this beautifully kept garden is great way to spend the day. My son especially loved the giant bamboo bushes and the trees dotted with sleeping bats.
Where to Stay in Kandy – Amaya Hills Resort
As the name might suggest, Amaya Hills Hotel has a great view of Kandy. Comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and a large variety of foods at the buffet. It’s a beautiful spot to sit and have your breakfast before heading out for a day of sight-seeing.
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