Sri Lanka tour day 2
07.10.2012 - 10.10.2012 35 °C
Well after a stormy night morning arrived greeting us with blazing sunshine and at 6 am we set off on route to Kandy.
Our first stop was at a spice garden where we were greeted by our guide who walked us through the gardens explaining each spice, tree etc and what it was used for - surprisingly there was something for every ailment. Following our tour we were taken into the garden shop where all the potions were for sale and as you do we bought a few each, hopefully they will do what they say on the tin!!
Before setting off again on our journey we enjoyed a nice cup of Ceylon tea and ate our breakfast that had been provided by our hotel as a packed lunch, mingling with our guide and other workers from the garden.
As we climbed higher above sea level through the mountains dodging old busses and tuk tuks as we went on our journey towards Kandy, we have a short stop to take some photos of Matale mosque. When we arrive in Kandy our first stop is the botanic garden. There are all sorts of flora and fauna here as our guide explains the history of some of the plants, orchids and trees; all very interesting and we take comfort from the shade that the trees provide. The gardens are well worth a visit in fact we would have liked longer to explore ourselves and chill a little.
Our next stop was a a lovely restaurant for lunch which was a traditional Sri Lankan buffet which was delicious.
After lunch we drive to the Temple of the Tooth where we are introduced to our guide and I am asked to wear a sarong over my shorts to be respectful and all 4 of us remove our shoes before we enter which is tradition in Sri Lanka when entering any temple. Inside there are lots of Sri Lankans who have bought flowers as their offering and we slowly walk amongst them trying not to disturb them as they meditate and remember loved ones past and present. This temple has the oldest Buddhist tooth which is centuries old, our guide explains the history and then asks us to take the opportunity to remember loved ones past and present and we all present a flower to the Buddha as our own offering.
When our tour is complete we head to our hotel. On arrival we are surprised as our room has a 4 poster bed and a bright blue mosquito net all around it, which I find reassuring as outside is our balcony and then a ravine with a river below so good breeding ground for mosquitoes and a storm is building in the distance. We have time for a swim and then we get ready to go to the Kandian dance that has been arranged for us. We find the Kandian dance experience very similar to the dancers that we have seen at our main hotel in Bentota a few days prior. With hindsight we would rather have spent 3 or 4 hours exploring Kandy itself, something to bear in mind for any other travellers embarking on the same or similar experience.
After the dance we head back to our hotel where our host cooks us a lovely meal and after a few drinks we head off to bed as we have an early start again tomorrow for day 3 of our tour.