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Only one day here as well, owing to our delayed arrival.  I had to cut out our planned Hill Country drive as well.  The hotel is perfectly situated on a hill overlooking the main town surrounding the central lake.  The view makes for some nice pics at sunrise.  Right about the time the sun crested, a mob of about 100 monkeys stormed the hotel, swinging from balcony to balcony to break glasses, steal silverware, loot belongings and cause the maximum amount of chaos possible.  They're small but are surprisingly aggressive.  Fortunately, the 'Beware of Monkeys' sign on the glass sliding door convinced me not to leave anything for them to plunder, but looking through the glass, we got a good show of their wanton destruction.   

The main thing to see in this town is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, said to contain, you guessed it, a tooth of budha's.

Gadaladeniya Temple
  He must have had quite the anatomy because nearly every temple in Asia seems to claim ownership of some tooth, nail, hair, bone, or some other body part of budha!  The only thing of note for me, was the fun we had crawling under an elephant's stomach three times for good luck.  Certainly proved to be good luck to the elephant tender after we paid the obligatory tip.   

On the way back to Colombo, we stopped at the small 14th century Hindu-Buddhist Gadaladeniya temple (were the builders covering their bets over which faith to believe in?)  The entire entryway was intricately carved from a single boulder and the paintings inside were nice.   On the way out we got hit up by a local artisan to buy some of his works.  We ended up buying a small piece from him that is hanging on our kitchen wall today.

 

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Gadaladeniya Temple
Gadaladeniya Temple
naughty monkeys
naughty monkeys
our lucky elephant
our lucky elephant
monkey with a view
monkey with a view
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Gadaladeniya Temple
Gadaladeniya Temple
on the Kandy-Colombo road
on the Kandy-Colombo road
Kandy at sunrise
Kandy at sunrise
Kandy
photo by: halilee