A day in Kandy

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.

 

 

Entering the temple
Entering the temple

 

Exploring the temple
Exploring the temple

 

The tooth is kept behind this door
The tooth is kept behind this door

 

Some of the flower offerings that were left
Some of the flower offerings that were left

 

Around the outside
Around the outside

 

Some of the offerings
Some of the offerings

 

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.

 

Worshipers
Worshipers

 

Rajah the Tusker
Rajah the Tusker

 

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.

 

 

Julie and Reubs at Lake Kandy
Julie and Reubs at Lake Kandy

 

Monitor lizard
Monitor lizard

 

Tongue action
Tongue action

 

A massive pelican
A massive pelican

 

One of the birds we saw
One of the birds we saw

 

Turtles
Turtles

 

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!

 

Karen and Julie by the lake
Karen and Julie by the lake

 

Mask dance
Mask dance

 

Plate dance
Plate dance

 

Fire swallowing
Fire swallowing

 

Walking on burning coals
Walking on burning coals

 

 

 

 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Mum Bunn says:

    Kandy was great, wasn’t it? I really enjoyed our day there. Did you mean to keep secret our dinner at Pizza Hut?

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