A Travellerspoint blog

Kandy and Nuwara Eliya

We arrived at Kandy and checked into our hotel for a bit of a breather.

4FC4FEBD2219AC6817EB87F4A6E68D4C.jpg

Kandy Cultural Show

At 5pm, we gathered and drove to a local Kandy Cultural Performance. The show went for an hour and was very entertaining. The finale was fire walking in the courtyard outside the theatre.

4FC940B22219AC6817869B285DB93003.jpg
4FCCE69F2219AC68173847A85FB69202.jpg
4FD14BD02219AC6817E05ECAD0F9CD82.jpg
4FD869992219AC6817C0FDEB8041E9E3.jpg
4FDC55D22219AC681780169546D4557E.jpg
4FDFDA872219AC68172F6AD47B59F992.jpg
4FE2F4422219AC681747878D8FF6A313.jpg
4FE88BA32219AC6817793B71D83A4595.jpg
4FEF0B4E2219AC6817C2834B8C9C13D2.jpg
4FF2FA492219AC6817F90A212DB1D71D.jpg
4FF695412219AC68172A61FD52CC7C83.jpg

Temple of the Tooth

We left then for a visit to the famous Tooth Temple in which a canine tooth of Buddha is enshrined in golden caskets. Since ancient times, this relic has played an important role in local Sri Lankan politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. The whole of Kandy was decked out in lanterns and lights due to the May celebration of Buddha’s death and enlightenment.

50100ED22219AC681797078B1AABF65D.jpg
5014AB9C2219AC68173EF41E03ACDA66.jpg
5026F5A22219AC68175A9916506856EA.jpg
503100DC2219AC68174E30275D35C714.jpg
5035122E2219AC681718743020D67E30.jpg
50393CDA2219AC6817E3B9EEC7B39662.jpg

The Temple of the Tooth was full of people due to the Vesak Buddhist Festival and we decided as a group that given the time to enter the temple would be prohibitive, that it was better to take a little time to walk around the surrounds and to leave.

The following morning, we visited the very gracious Suisse Hotel in Kandy which during the Second World War from 1943 to 1945 was used as the Headquarters of the South East Asia Command, under the Command of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Supreme Allied Commander.

5C873C492219AC681787634222C4DC45.jpg
5C8BA33D2219AC681769224282F1BEA7.jpg
5C9023952219AC68173A7FA5B521CD67.jpg
5C94217C2219AC681793D6371B46233F.jpg
5C9DD7DD2219AC6817287862CEAF6E9F.jpg
5C98041B2219AC6817D5A9C8163E3303.jpg

a jewelry shop and before viewing the showroom were shown a video of how mining for gems is undertaken in Sri Lanka. It was very informative – an interesting insight to the way in which gem mining is conducted. Many of the group purchased jewelry – particularly sapphires including star sapphires which are only found in Sri Lanka.

504693F52219AC6817FDE474ABDB3046.jpg
504CA6F62219AC68179252D73E57A175.jpg
5053788B2219AC6817465F3E3D4BC7EF.jpg

Kandy Botanical Gardens

Once we left the jewelry shop, we visited the Kandy Botanical Gardens which are very beautiful. There is an orchid house at the gardens which contained a number of beautiful blooms.

505DE5212219AC68170FA96745584B2F.jpg
5062D45D2219AC6817464F53BCA587FE.jpg
5067190C2219AC68171FE0E249076721.jpg
506B10592219AC68177C5055170C802B.jpg
5070008A2219AC68178C39580D3D877C.jpg
50745D292219AC6817DA7B6FC340A247.jpg
5078C4DB2219AC681788F4340C1D4285.jpg
507CA1DC2219AC6817963BF6CB6FD607.jpg
508137322219AC681797C28ECD20040A.jpg
5086A86D2219AC68173AEAD6678A6329.jpg
508B3FFF2219AC681754067FC0708973.jpg

A number of trees within the gardens were planted by world leaders. The most fascinating of which is a tree that was planted in 1891 by the then Tzar Nicholas (the last Tzar of Russia). By comparison, Queen Elizabeth’s planting was a replacement and propped up by a large metal warratah.

50921E762219AC6817AB4C864621A9FB.jpg
5096D9652219AC681707275308AB6AA4.jpg
509D2B162219AC6817D41010C0E27ADB.jpg
50B87E972219AC6817DE89986C92088A.jpg
50BF43132219AC6817407A2D8EBA5808.jpg
50C3507C2219AC6817767DCFA9363C47.jpg
50C73B442219AC6817076968AE93CD65.jpg
50CC24D92219AC6817104D943CAE106B.jpg
50D33D9C2219AC6817528FADF448323D.jpg
50D883202219AC6817EEC9D44F08EE5D.jpg

Once we were finished at the gardens, we left for Nuwara Eliya and the drive through the mountains was one of the most beautiful drives experienced in either India or Sri Lanka with many waterfalls and tea gardens and other crops being growun up to nearly 2000 metres above sea level.

5CF957E52219AC681737012611B8FA27.jpg
5CFF1F512219AC6817E76C38A3BD1141.jpg
5D02DB5D2219AC68173CFE7D22AAB01B.jpg
5D06F7372219AC681765E71EB5C9A3E6.jpg
5D0C1D032219AC6817718451B36AD220.jpg
5D10DEA22219AC68171F2E401FDBC24A.jpg
5D14DB4E2219AC68179EDBF8BD0D0B0B.jpg

We visited a tea factory along the way and sampled some lovely black tea.

5D29D7EC2219AC68177AC4305AD2854D.jpg
5D2DD1422219AC6817A53E29D6C77BFF.jpg
5D31E1BC2219AC6817D252AEEA182B6A.jpg
5D3660232219AC681796C6F596DFE529.jpg
5D3A54D92219AC6817F539DE759B61FD.jpg

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya contains a number of 19th century colonial style buildings and hotels. We stayed that evening in the St Andrews Hotel – a beautiful 19th century hotel. It was also the 40th wedding anniversary for Bill and Judith Manson and they were treated to a present and small cake to commemorate that significant milestone.

5D58494B2219AC6817F16520DD994BDE.jpg
5D5D0FFE2219AC681779ADF4C30DD3C0.jpg
5D643A662219AC681781644F65458445.jpg
5D69ACCB2219AC68174B65FAE96F54BB.jpg
5D6ED05B2219AC68173B2186F9E33FEE.jpg
5D74467F2219AC68178F03C278F54D02.jpg

The following morning, we visited the grounds of the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, another fine old colonial hotel with beautiful gardens.

5D7FA9952219AC68177DDCC6951D27BD.jpg
5D8462142219AC6817CED360A414F788.jpg
5D88D6D32219AC68176DD96220A83A25.jpg

Posted by Chris White 21:13 Archived in Sri Lanka

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUponRedditDel.icio.usIloho

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint