|The drive through the mountains to Kandy was very pretty and lush but a little humid at the start. The road was narrow and windy so a visit to the Spice Gardens provided an excellent break.
Kandy was far bigger than we imagined and a little like stepping back into India. Its central lake was really spectacular as was the Temple of the Sacred Tooth (fairy) and a cultural dance show.
Now considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession the Buddha's tooth was smuggled into the country in a princess's hair in the 4thC AD.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the visit to Kandy was at a hotel. We arrived at and were warmly received into the grandest hotel in all Sri Lanka and enjoyed tasty 'welcome' drinks.
The only downside was we were at the wrong hotel. Oops!
From Kandy we headed towards the island's southern areas and on the way made a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. That interesting place was started in 1975 to house and care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Now numbering more than 40 animals it includes babies brought in from all parts of the island.
To breakup the journey to Galle we stopped over in Wattala on the Indian Ocean. We were all very tired and that rest was sorely needed.
The onward run to Galle provided more of the same stop-start traffic but at times we were provided with some very pretty ocean views.