Kandy is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. Small busy streets with tuk tuk’s honking every 5 minutes in a beautiful little town with lot of trees. You will find shops at every corner especially street vendors who are hoping to sell something to a tourist.
On our way to Kandy we stopped at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, set amongst the verdant hills of Kegalle. The world’s first and only elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Vije was eager to take part in the festivities of washing and feeding the elephants, he even took Kitana for a ride while I sat in a corner praying my child doesn’t fall off. His the dare-devil between the both of us, I prefer doing much simpler things like shopping ;).. Kitana seemed to have enjoyed the ride until she couldn’t stick the heat anymore. Throughout my stay in Sri Lanka, it was hot and very humid even if the sun wasn’t out. The humidity really troubled Kitana, I ended up leaving her with a nappy only when we were back in the hotel room.
We stayed at the Earls Regency for the next two nights. What a breathtaking view, I was totally stunned at how amazing hotels Sri Lanka has. It’s definitely underestimated.
Earl’s Regency, is one of finest Sri Lankan hotels of international standing in and around Kandy. Its 5 km away from the city of Kandy, in the suburbs of Tennekumbura, built-in breathtaking mountainous countryside landscape in the immediate vicinity across Tennekumbura Bridge over the Mahaweli River.
On Day 4 of our trip we decided to do some shopping and visit the local attractions which included a cultural show. We bought some souvenirs for friends and family. It was a long day but Kitana seemed to enjoy it. She was getting more used to the surroundings and weather but she still wasn’t eating properly. During the Cultural show, I spent most of the time outside entertaining Kitana. I peeped inside now and then to see the performances. The dances seemed to have many tourists intrigued, the bright outfits and loud sounds created a sense of enjoyment for tourists whom have never seen something like this before.
On Day 5 we made a quick visit to the botanical gardens where Kitana thought she should play in the sand and roll all over. For a week day, the park seemed full. Tourists, couples and school kids who were there on excursions. The garden is huge and absolutely beautiful. Various trees and flowers which lit up the place with colour. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.
We were then on our way to Vavuniya for Vije’s brothers big fat indian wedding. Traveling between cities took from 1 hour up to 3.. Although it’s a ‘small’ Island traveling can be time-consuming.