Kandy Journals

Teeth, Masks and Lakes

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A travel journal to Kandy by MichaelJM

Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya Photo, Sri Lanka, Asia More Photos
Quote: Kandy is an interesting town and we checked out the temple, took in a cultural show and enjoyed sighting the resident monkeys.

Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya

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Attraction | "A fanstatic array of plants...."

Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya Photo, Sri Lanka, Asia
Quote:
The Botanical gardens in Peradeniya were started in the 14th Century as a garden for the King and it was here that the King and his courtiers could roam free enjoying their wives and mistresses and our guide pointed out with a smile that the young people are keen to keep the tradition going. Indeed as we strolled in the park it was clear that this was very popular with young couples as they snuggled up close to each other in the seclusion of the many trees. We’d started off at the main entrance and were fortunate to be able to watch a wedding entourage leaving the park following the taking of wedding photos. I say fortunate because they were all dressed in traditional Kandyan costume and m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2011

Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya
Kandy Colombo Road
Kandy, Sri Lanka
(0)81 2388088

Lake Kandy

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Attraction | "A royal waterway"

Lake Kandy Photo, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Quote:
We briefly drove around the perimeter of Kandy Lake, before climbing high into the surrounding hills where we would enjoy a view across all of the lake. This is a manmade lake that was built to please the King in the 1500’s and from here we can see a small island and the Temple of the Tooth Relic alongside the Royal Residence. Of course any vantage point is potentially plagued by small stall holders desperate to sell their wares, and of course this was no exception. However, a simple no thank you combined with a not interested look always seem to do the trick. Sri Lankans don’t seem to be as aggressive in their sales pitch as many of the countries that we’ve been to previously. We enjoyed ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 13, 2011

Lake Kandy
Adjacent to Sri Dalada Maligawa
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandyan Art Association and Cutural Centre

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Attraction | "A chance to see some traditional local dances."

Kandyan Art Association and Cutural Centre Photo, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Quote:
This cultural show of the traditional Kandyan and Low Country Dances of Sri Lanka was divided in to 10 distinct parts with the first eight being dedicated to dance and the final two relating to fire walking. We’d arrived nice and early and our guide suggested that we didn’t sit on the first two rows as it would be too hot when the fire act started. We complied with his suggestion and settled down on the third row to wait for the show to start. We’d had a full day and I’m sure that all of us dropped off to sleep for our power-naps before the show started. The wind up for the show comprised of the drum orchestra practising their beat behind the closed curtain, or perhaps it really was to mak...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 13, 2011

Kandyan Art Association and Cutural Centre
72 Sangaraja Mawatha
Kandy, Sri Lanka
(0)81 2223100

Checking out local craft factories

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Photo of Sri Lanka, Asia
Quote:
As is usual with almost every tour that you go on the guide will find time to encourage you to call in to local craft centres and I’m sure that they get some kind of commission or introduction payment for their efforts. We were taken to two in Kandy and in fairness they both proved interesting.First we called in at a gem museum. I’m not sure that it necessarily merited the title museum but there was a real effort to introduce to the gem market in Sri Lanka. Firstly we were taken to a small "theatre" where we were shown a short informative film about the gem industry. It was comprehensive but not overly technical so we all got a real good appreciation of how the business works from the mini...Read More

Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth)

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Attraction | "A most revered site"

Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) Photo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Quote:
The Dalada Maligawa is better known as the Temple of the tooth and this temple and the associated building has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The story behind the sacred Tooth Relic is shown is separate story plaques around the central hallway and of course non-believers will prefer to view it as complete legend. It is said that on reaching his Nivana the Buddha was cremated but some of his mortal remains were rescued from the ashes. His left high tooth was taken to the Kalinga Kingdom in India where it remained for seven centuries, but following a Hindu resurgence King Guhasvia of Kalinga concealed this relics in the tresses of his daughter’s hair and then she, Princess He...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2011

Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth)
Kandy
Colombo, Sri Lanka