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The very nice Kandy Lake

I heard a lot of rave reviews about Kandy, so I was looking forward to getting there and seeing what all the fuss was about. I got a bus about 9.15am to Kandy (LKR87/80c/45p) and bagged myself a seat so I was happy. Had finished my book, so I spent most of the journey doing that specialist travellers activity - thinking. If there's one thing you notice when you travel, its how much time you have to think about things - life, people, jobs, ideas, plans...all sorts of stuff goes through your head while you're looking out the window while the bus winds it way to its destination. I was miles away and hadn't even really realised that we had arrived in Kandy! I walked from the bus station to a hotel Mark had recommended, the Olde Empire.

Temple of the Tooth
I had a look at a room and it seemed like a nice place, and cheap.

I spent my two days in Kandy just wandering around and taking the city in - there are lots of temples and things you can go to, but its not really my thing, so I just enjoyed walking round the lake and seeing the people go about their everyday lives. Sometimes it was peaceful, sometimes it was chaotic....kind of sums Sri Lanka up in a lot of ways! I also took the opportunity to do some shopping and bought some bits and pieces that I'd had on my list for a while - had to get myself a Sri Lankan cricket shirt, which i bargained from an opening price of LKR1,950 down to LKR800 (£4.75/$8)....they really do try it on with tourists! I also found a cool little tailoring place who made me a sleeping sheet from scratch. I watched as they cut the cotton and the lady sewed it up all with amazing precision. I had stupidly sent me other one home from New Zealand having not used it. In SL you need one as they often don't provide a top sheet for some reason. So for the bargain price of LKR700 (£4/$7), I had my new sleeping sheet. Dinner at the hotel was good (and again, very cheap) and you know its good when there are a lot of people eating there, including locals. So while I wasn't as dazzled by Kandy as some people are, it certains beats the hell out of stinky Colombo.....ooo, that's where I'm off to tomorrow!

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The very nice Kandy Lake
The very nice Kandy Lake
Temple of the Tooth
Temple of the Tooth
A London bus....surely not!
A London bus....surely not!
Clocktower
Clocktower
Mr Coconut man!
Mr Coconut man!
The carnage of Monday morning rush…
The carnage of Monday morning rus…
Sunset over the lake
Sunset over the lake
Kandy Hotels & Accommodations review
Cheap colonial charm
If you're looking for somewhere cheap, and with a bit of history when staying in Kandy, Olde Empire is the place for you. I got a single room for L… read entire review
Kandy
photo by: halilee