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Kandy (Sri Lanka)

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We had a long and tiring journey here, but somehow we managed to survive! P1040494.jpg We left Chennai at 1am, arrived in Colombo at 2am, then got a taxi up north to Negombo, where we slept for about 6 hours. We checked out the next morning and got a bus back to Colombo, where we got another bus to Kandy, which took the rest of the day. We arrived in Kandy late at night and after finding the hotel, just passed out really! First impressions of Sri Lanka are that it is a lot cleaner than India, more polite and twice as expensive! We are both sightly cultured shocked as we were expecting a smaller version of India.

We spent the first day walking around Kandy, which is an old colonial town with a large man-made lake in the centre. Its a very pretty place, quite leafy and easy to walk around. P1040498.jpgP1040516.jpg We went to the famous temple by the side of the lake where Buddhas tooth is supposedly kept, and attracts a lot of pilgrims for obvious reasons. You dont actually get to see the tooth, only the closed box which it is stored in. However it is apparently paraded at prayer time, but tourists are not allowed in the temple whilst this happens...P1040499.jpgP1040502.jpg

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the lake and trying to avoid the touts who want to take you to another hotel, restaurant or give you a tour of the town. Rather annoying after a while I can tell you!

We got up early this morning so we could get a bus to the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, just west of Kandy. The bus station was so confusing (the buses just line the streets, and you have to find your bus!). We searched for ages in the boiling heat and finally found our bus, but discovered it was going to take over 2 hours to get there, far too long in the scheme of things. We got a rickshaw in the end, which took an hour! The orphanage was amazing, we got there in time to watch the little ones being fed milk by the bottle and then after that the whole herd of 60 is taking down to the river for a bath. P1040537.jpgP1040579.jpgP1040584.jpgP1040594.jpg We managed to get really good seats so we could watch them all coming into the river, it was amazing. I have never seen so many elephants in my life, it shut Chris up as well! After watching them for an hour or so they got rounded up to be taken back to their home, which was lucky as the heavens decided to open at that moment! The first time we have felt rain since leaving the UK! Even more luckily the guy who runs our hotel was showing someone else the elephant orphanage, so we managed to catch a lift back with him! P1040602.jpgP1040611.jpgP1040640.jpg

We leave Kandy tomorrow to go to Dambulla, which is just slightly north of Kandy. We shall write again soon, hope you are all well
Miss you lots,
Chris and Alex xxx

Posted by chrisalex 04:38 Archived in Sri Lanka Tagged backpacking

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Ahh you guys! It looks wonderful...I'm sat in the shop daydreaming - can see the church from here. The honeymoon period's over before it's bleedin begun haha.
I love elephants - they're so pretty. Puss brought me a pressie - a little mouse followed by a rat! He loves his mummy.
Chris - in case I don't get chance on Fri - have an amazing birthday - I'm sure you won't forget this one!!
PS - Will you be back end of July for Andy's 30th? Forget when you said cos I wept...Love ya xxx

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