Monday, 8 February 2016

Postcard from Kandy

On a Friday lunchtime, we finish our work and are able to take the afternoon to travel wherever we want to go for that weekend, and this weekend we went to Kandy. As volunteers, the cheapest way to travel around the country is via bus because it's SO cheap but they are so long, crammed full and sweaty - it's not pleasant at all. However, we did take this anyway and spent 5 hours travelling to Kandy.

We got there on Friday night about 7:30pm to find that our hostel was over booked. We had beds but people were sleeping in tents and if we went on the Saturday morning, it wasn't guaranteed that we'd still have a bed for the night, so thankfully we found a much better one at 10pm! They arranged a tour for us all, so on Saturday we were able to see the whole of Kandy.

We started at a spice garden, and were shown all of the different herbs and spices used in herbal medicines and oils, which was followed by the most amazing massage ever with natural oil. I debated on buying some oil but I am little cynical and not convinced they can perform the miracles they claim to be able to do! After that, we went to Millennium, which is where the elephants were. I've rode on a elephant before in Thailand so know that it's an incredible experience, and it was so nice to be able to do it all again! It was a little more touristy this time, so I do think Sri Lanka has a little way to go in terms of ethical values.

After lunch, we headed to a tea plantation to see the fields and how it's all produced. Sri Lanka is extremely famous for their Ceylon tea, and I even like it, which is huge for someone who hates tea! And then finally, we were dropped back in the centre of Kandy to see the temple of the tooth and the beautiful Kandy lake. This temple is where Buddha's tooth is supposedly housed so it's definitely a cultural place to visit here. And then, finally on Sunday morning we visited the famous Kandy markets before returning back to our home stays.

Apart from the horrendous bus journey's, Kandy was absolutely stunning and so worth those 14 hours. It's such a beautiful place and it's definitely somewhere I'd love to have stayed longer at. Everywhere you go in Sri Lanka has something even more beautiful to offer, and that's what I love about being here.

1 comment

The Style Rawr said...

Awww, such cute snaps! Glad you're loving it. Xx

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