We travelled to Kandy by train – we were in the first class coach, but didn’t have a particularly impressive view. Kandy itself was lovely – it’s a small town beside a man made lake. We spent a day exploring Kandy – our first stop was the Temple of the Tooth, where a tooth supposedly belonging to the Buddha is kept as a holy relic.
We took our time wandering through the temple complex, admiring the flower offerings and looking at Rajah the Tusker, a famous elephant who was stuffed after his death.
After a lunch of rotis beside the lake, Reubs and I walked around the lake and Julie went to organise our tickets for a traditional dance performance. The lake was so cool – we saw enormous monitor lizards that were more than a metre long – they looked like dragons! We also saw lots of other interesting birds, including a giant pelican.
After reuniting with Mum we had an ice cream and then went to see some traditional Sri Lankan dancing. The dances were beautiful but none of us really liked the fire walking that finished the performance – it was a little freaky seeing people swallowing and walking on fire!