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Mar 20, 2019 - Kandy-Nuwara Eliya

Woke up this morning and headed down to a fabulous buffet breakfast. After breakfast we departed the cinnamon Kandy hotel and headed to the gem museum. The museum is just a ruse to get you to buy jewelry. We were able to escape the sale persons clutches after only 2+ hours and one purchase. We then went downtown to do some shopping And made some purchases after some significant haggling pain. We then departed Kandy and drove into the mountains passing vast tea plantations. We stopped at one plantation for a tour, tea tasting and a small...

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Mar 19, 2019 - Dambulla and Kandy

We visited the rock temple in Dambulla. It consists of five different caves of varying ages. The earliest ones gave back to the first century BC. There are a total of 150 statues of Buddha, painted ceilings and other artwork dating back many many years ago. At least five of the statues are made from the same piece of stone. It is still a holy place where the monks hold regular services. The town is located in the center of the country. Beneath the cave temples is the golden temple with a giant Buddha in front. From Dambulla we we drove to...

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Dec 17, 2018 - Kandy

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...

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Apr 30, 2018 - Holy day number two

Today, Sunday, is a day of major celebration in Sri Lanka. We were taken to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. It is one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the world. Consequently everyone wanted to be there. So many people of all ages, mainly dressed in white were there. Again, shoes and hats are not allowed. It's a large site with many buildings and we joined the crush to visit the main parts and to give our offering of flowers. We were there for about 3 hours before leaving for a cold drink. In very heavy traffic we then drove...

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Apr 29, 2018 - Buddhist Holy Day

Today we drove into the mountains to Kandy for two nights. Today and tomorrow are special Buddist celebrations, being Vesak, celebrating Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. This coincided with the Full Moon which is also a special time. Along the way everyone appeared to be out on the roads celebrating. Houses decorated with large paper lanterns and paper lotus flowers. We stopped at one temple to soak up the atmosphere - all very interesting. One of the downsides though is that it is illegal to sell and serve alcohol for these two...

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Mar 9, 2018 - Kandy

From Polonnaruwa we headed to Kandy. On the way we stopped at a spice garden, where we could see all the varieties of spices being grown, and also the end products that they made from them. There had been some trouble in Kandy a few days ago and a state of emergency had been declared for the whole country. Part of this included the shutdown of all social media. We had been keeping across what was happening, as well as checking with dfat and everything looked ok where we were going to be so we had decided to carry on with our plans. We did...

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Jan 1, 2018 - The last hostel

After navigating a relatively user-friendly, but very cramped bus trip, we arrived in the hill city of Kandy. Now I don't know if we're getting less tolerant in our old age, or whether this hostel was actually one of the grossest places we've stayed. (..and we've stayed in some pretty questionable places!) At first glance, it looked like any other hostel; greetings scrawled on the walls in different languages, hammocks strung between pillars, a cute little yoga studio, but the room was a different story. The whole room was dark and...

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Jan 6, 2017 - Day 6

Next stop - the Golden Temple of Dambulla. Dambulla Cave Temple comprises a series of 5 caves, sitting 160 metres above the surrounding area. Dating from 3rd Century BC, each cave is filled with Buddhist and cultural paintings and sculptures. The Cave monastery is covered with 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 metre long reclining Buddha and vividly coloured frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Dagje toeren in Kandy

Zeven uur is een mooie tijd om op de staan als je wat van de wereld wil zien. We hadden om half 8 met onze nieuwe gids Dushan afgesproken. De man van de receptie had ons gisteravond verteld dat het hotel weliswaar geen eet- of ontbijtzaal had maar dat ze wel dozen hadden met ontbijt erin. Die zou je dan neem ik aan op je bed op moet eten. Maar ons kwam dat goed uit want we gingen toch vroeg op pad. Om half 8 schudden wij Dushan de hand en we liepen naar de balie voor onze ontbijtdoos. Helaas, de cateraar was er nog niet maar “no worries,...

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Apr 29, 2016 - Treindagje

Heerlijk gegeten gisteravond in een Thais restaurant dat hier vlak om de hoek zit. De bediening was echt Aziatisch. Toen de wat oudere ober vroeg wat we wilde drinken wees ik op de menukaart naar een fles Merlot. Het was sfeervol gedimd verlicht en daarom zei ik er bij "One bottle of Merlot please". Toen vroeg hij wat Bien wilde drinken. Glimlachend zei ik dat ik een hele fles wel wat veel vond voor mezelf dus dat we graag twee glazen erbij wilden. "Oh yes, you want to share? No problem". Dat had hij goed begrepen. Vijf minuten later kwam...

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Apr 26, 2016 - Kandy, cultural heartland

After a final beach walk and swim, we took the 1 pm bus to Kandy. We arrived in Kandy in the evening with plans to connect with Robin at our hotel there following his marathon trip which included a 10-hour layover at Heathrow. I had kind of expected to find him not either not in Kandy yet or comatose. Not only was he already chilling in his room on a full stomach, having just grabbed dinner, but he was ready to roll. After the mandatory quick shower we headed out to a nearby Chinese restaurant for a great meal. Yesterday we spent an...

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Mar 6, 2016 - Kandy town

Well, our tour guide says that the days will start to ease up a bit in terms of activities but our days still feel pretty jam packed. We made our way to Kandy the other day to see the Temple of the Tooth, the Buddha's tooth to be exact. When the Buddha was cremated in India someone happened to be sifting through the ashes and came across this tooth. Eventually it made it's way here for safe keeping. Now, every year, they take out the casket that it sits on, set it on top of an elephant, and have a major procession through the streets. I'm...

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