In the early morning we took a bus from Sigiriya to Kandy. We started at 6:30 in the morning, and it took us 3h to the Kandy Bus station (250LKR/person). It was a first bigger city on our tour. Weather was a little more friendlier here, between 20-25 degrees C, and some rain showers in the afternoon. We rented a room via Booking.com, this time with a pool, at a Kandy View Garden Hotel.
It was a little further from the city center, so we had to rent a tuc-tuc every time-but it was totally worth it. 😉
Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of The Tooth Relicelic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
So we went on a short trip around Kandy, to the temple of The Big Buddha, standing on a hill overlooking the city, to a sightseing plateau for a view of all of Kandy, the Knuckle Ridge Mountains, and some tea plantations around the city. In the afternoon we arrived at the city center and went shopping, went for a tea and coffeee, visiting the local markets, shops and of course restaurants. Just behind The Temple of the Tooth, there is a show you can visti and everyone recommends it – The Kandy Dance (1000LKR/person).
We were there just as the full moon lit up the sky. Here, they have one of the biggest Buddhist celebrations, Full moon festivities which includes The Sacred Tooth relic being carried on the back of the Elephant in a big ceremony with the dancers, drummers, priests, more elephants, and other guardians of the tooth. It was a spectacular sight, quite different from the Puja in India.
From Kandy, you can visit Pinawalle national park, which is best known for their elephant orphanage, but we decided it was too touristical for us, and decided we’ll go visit another one later on. There is also a big botanical garden, Tea Factory and Spice market.
Instead of visiting everything in one day, we decided to take some R&R instead by the pool, because we needed the rest, especially our younger one. The weather was mostly sunny, with some clouds and a few light showers in the afternoon-which just added to the high humidity 😉