Kandy, Udawattakelle, Pinnawella, Peradeniya

Kandy Travel Blog

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Kandy Lake (the golden roof in the background is the Sacred Tooth Temple)
A long and tedious bus ride from Habarana to Kandy finally got me there in the evening. To be a bus driver in Sri Lanka, you have to be either crazy, or have nerves of steel...they just tend to overtake other vehicles whenever they see the slightest gap. No wonder that traffic accidents are so common.
But hey, I made it to this gem of a town in one piece. Kandy became one of my favorite places in Sri Lanka. Most guesthouses are beautifully aligned along a small hill overlooking Kandy Lake, and the center of Kandy is burried within a valley surrounded by forest. A total contrast to Sigiriya the day before, and one of the reasons I like Sri Lanka so much: The scenic diversity is awesome!

The "Highest View Inn" was my guesthouse of choice.
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
It's owner Tony has worked and lived in Switzerland for quite a while (I guess that's why he is now called Tony, not a very typical sri lankan name ;-)), and his good friend Fritz from Switzerland was also on one of his frequent visits to Sri Lanka. I had a nice chat with both of them, about Tony's visits to Europe, the new years celebrations in Sri Lanka (the 14th of april marked the Sinhala and Tamil New Year), and the country in general.

Fritz told me that he was in Jaffna (in the northern part of Sri Lanka) some 30 years ago, when the country was still deeply war-plagued, and he really hopes to visit that area again very soon. It has quite a different feel to it, not only because the people there were living in war all the time, but also because the climate is once more very unique compared to the rest of the country.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage


Kandy is a great starting point for day-trips, but it also has a lot to offer on its own. The Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary is good for a half-day visit, for example. You can reach it easily by foot - it's only a 10-minute-walk from Kandy Lake - and the reward is a cool, shadowy forest full of tree-lined walkways, short trekking paths, and lots of monkeys! Come here around mid-day and you can escape the hot sun for at least one or two hours, or more, if you try walking all the paths there.

The day after I went to the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. They're said to be one of the best botanical gardens in Asia, and eventhough I can only compare it to european gardens and the one in Wellington/NZ, I would agree that it is definitely a top-notch place. Most of the plants have very good explanation plates nearby, and there are lots of small specialized and nicely decorated greenhouses.
Who needs barbed wire... ;-)


Also worth a visit is the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. I haven't been to India before, so Elephants were still interesting for me ;-) But the place does have a very tourist-oriented feel to it, and that's something I normally try to avoid. Anyway, it's interesting to observe the elephants bathing in the river, and if you always wanted to buy a calendar or postcards made of elephant sh*t, this is the place to visit!

After three nights in Kandy, my journey went on and I finally reached the highlands of Sri Lanka.
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Kandy Lake (the golden roof in the…
Kandy Lake (the golden roof in th…
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Who needs barbed wire... ;-)
Who needs barbed wire... ;-)
Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake
Monkeys in Udawattakelle Forest Sa…
Monkeys in Udawattakelle Forest S…
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Udawattakelle Forest Sanctuary
Folklore Show in Kandy
Folklore Show in Kandy
Folklore Show in Kandy
Folklore Show in Kandy
Inside the Sacred Tooth Temple
Inside the Sacred Tooth Temple
Inside the Sacred Tooth Temple
Inside the Sacred Tooth Temple
Inside the Sacred Tooth Temple
Inside the Sacred Tooth Temple
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
If you are into poo, this is the s…
If you are into poo, this is the …
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Hotels & Accommodations review
A spacy guesthouse with a nice roof-bar and a small terrace overlooking Kandy Lake. Clean rooms with small balconies. Tony, the owner, is very friendl… read entire review
Kandy
photo by: halilee