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We arrived in Kandy by train from Ella. The journey was slow but scenic, as the train wound its way through the central highlands.
We headed for an area of Kandy where there were a few cheap guesthouses, and settled on one after a little look around, and managing to get rid of the taxi driver. We ended up picking a slightly grungy place, which wasn't deliberate. Definitely one of the less good choices we made all year, given the options available. The guesthouse had a few cockroaches, and when we had dinner in the guesthouse one evening it was pretty nasty: we had to go to KFC.
The main attraction in Kandy is the temple of the tooth. It's supposed to contain one of Buddha's teeth, but you can't see it because it's in a box in a box in a box in a casket in a casket in a chest in a chest behind a door behind a curtain, or something like that.
The best thing we did in Kandy was to use it as a base for an excursion to Pinnewala elephant orphanage. We managed to get a bus most of the way to the orphange, hopped off at a street corner, and waited for a minibus to come along which would take us the rest of the way. It all worked very well. The orphanage contains a large number of elephants ranging from very young to over 60 years old. We were able to watch the young elephants being bottle fed. Afterwards the elephants were all walked down to the river for a wash, which is a great spectacle.