kandy


Kandy is the startpoint of the famous Kandy to Ella train ride. When coming to this town, it doesn’t really look appealing. It is busy, crowded, lots of traffic and even more tourists. However, when you leave the town, you will see some beautiful tea plantations up in the hills. And the temperature is great. It is warm during the days, and it cools off at night.



how did we get there

We left Dambulla around 9.30 am and expected a long and difficult day of driving because of the hills. This 83 kilometer ride still took us about 4 hours, but it was way easier than we thought. And can be done with the tuktuk. Only the last part going up to our homestay was a bit bumpy.


WHERE TO eat & sleep || jungle tide


Staying at Jungle Tide is like staying with relatives that you really like. It’s an English Homestay in Sri Lanka and we loved it here. It’s quite a bit of the beaten track, but that’s what we liked and came here for. We stayed in the big house and had one of the rooms with garden view. We loved the big glas doors that give direct acces to the veranda and the garden. It is really nice and quiet and it was the best place to end our Sri Lanka trip. We came here to relax, and that’s what we did. We enjoyed the sun, played with the dogs, went for a swim, got some work done, walked around a bit and just really enjoyed our stay and the beautiful view overlooking the mountains.

 

And the food! We had some typical English dishes such as fish pie which the owners Sally & Jerry cook themselves. But the Sri Lankan dishes made by Martin & Rani, the staff, are incredibly tasteful as well. 



what to do

Kandy has some nice places to visit such as the Temple of Tooth which houses a tooth of Buddha. Don’t come here to see the actual tooth, because it’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba. We did not actually go in the Temple because of the high entrance fee (1.000 Rupees p.p.) so we just walked around a bit.

SPICE GARDEN & TEA FACTORY
We visited a spice garden which was actually quite interesting. The owner told us the healing power of the different plants and it was fun to see all the different spices. The tea factory was less interesting. You get a quick tour and it was almost impossible to hear what the guide was telling because of all the noise. The tour takes about 5 minutes and afterwards, of course, you can buy tea.

BAHIRAVOKANDA VIHARA BUDDHA STATUE

This big Buddha statue can be seen from far away and is nice to visit. We are not sure if you have to pay an entrance fee. The first time we came here with our family it was free. When we came back about 2 weeks later, we had to pay 250 rupees pp. 

BOTANICAL GARDEN

This big Buddha statue can be seen from far away and is nice to visit. We are not sure if you have to pay an entrance fee. The first time we came here with our family it was free. When we came back about 2 weeks later, we had to pay 250 rupees pp. 


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