The Hill Capital of the island, Kandy, has a different appeal to some of its other parts. It is awash with experiences that are rich and varied. Here’s one with religious and historical flavour, to start you off.
Stepping foot into Gadaladeniya temple transports you to the 12th century. Here, the millennia old cross-influence of Buddhism and Hinduism is see right away. A few highlights are the architectural mastery displayed, the sheer size of the Buddha statue, and the level of artistry that has gone into each detail. A brisk tuk-tuk ride through paddy fields gets you to temple no.2, Lankatilaka. Your guide is an expert in Buddhism and he will speak of its early arrival on the island, its development, and its significance to the majority today. A quick stop is made at a plantation where coffee, tea and pepper are cultivated side-by-side, before reaching the third and final temple of the experience. Embekka Devalaya displays the Buddhist-Hindu synthesis seen in some of Sri Lanka’s places of worship, and it is famed for its intricate carvings and wood work.
You’ve got several hours to spend unhurriedly, thereafter. Maybe head back to the hotel and put your feet up for a bit before the evening experience!
With its natural elevation and gentle climbs, the Tuk-Tuk safari in Kandy will thrill you no end!
Kandy has its own history and culture. It also has its own landscape. Hills, mountains and rivers form the backdrop. These were strategically used to good effect for protection from colonial attacks. The Kandy Lake is iconic and here’s where you will meet your host. He’ll take a short walk with you around the lake, touching on its finer points. The Garrison Cemetery is up next, where you’ll come across the names of individuals who helped shape Kandy’s history, and gain insight into the vital yet controversial role the British played here. The walk to your tuk tuk passes through the hallowed grounds of the Temple of the Tooth, a religious mainstay in this hilly city. The tuk tuk ride starts here and will take you to the city’s heights, circling back thereafter, allowing you to take in a stunning view overlooking the whole of Kandy. The host of this unique experience is a treasure trove of historic tales. He’ll recount them for you whilst seated beneath a giant Buddha statue. To wind up, you’ll visit Helga’s Folly, a somewhat eccentric hotel placed high above the city center. Body and mind can be rejuvenated here with some refreshments and you’ll hear about the hotel’s namesake, Helga, and the many A-list Hollywood guests she has entertained over the years.
Descend the slopes and return to your hotel towards evening. Easy reminiscing of the day’s experiences will surely follow as you lay your head down to get a good night’s rest.
Includes : Your host, water and tuk-tuk journeys & refreshments.
Times : Starts at 1100 hours & ends at 1730 hours.
Children : 1st Experience – Suitable for older children.
: 2nd Experience – 5+ years.
To wear/bring : Conservative clothing & appropriate footwear.