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Sweet sweet Kandy

Kandy, Sri Lanka

17
Nov

Anyone for tea?

Our final day in Kandy and we decided to head to the Ceylon Tea Museum, a short drive from the city. We drove up into the hills, passing waterfalls on the way and tea pickers in the fields. Tea production is one of the most important resources in Sri Lanka and it is the world’s fourth largest producer of tea which is incredible given its size.

When we got to the tea museum we saw how the whole tea process worked; from the picking of the leaves in the fields through to all the old machinery in the factory used to process the tea, and finally onto the tasting stage, where we sampled some of the local tea flavours. My mum is a massive tea drinker so this was the best part of the day for her!

Next stop Galle for my brother’s wedding – so excited!

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

“This country is like nowhere I've been before!”

16
Nov

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Botanical Garden

Today we visited the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, passing the impressive Kandy Lake on the way. The views of this city are incredible and the country is so different from anywhere I have ever visited before. The monsoon rain means that everywhere is so green and lush, which makes everything very picturesque.

The Botanical Gardens were really well kept, and we spent a very relaxed afternoon strolling around the park and checking out all the different plants, trees, spices and herbs. The most incredible thing I saw were the giant bamboo trees.

The place was so calm and peaceful, a far cry from the bustling roads! Definitely worth a visit if you are in Kandy.

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15
Nov

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The Temple of the Tooth

Today we visited the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, a Buddhist temple right in the middle of Kandy, in the Royal Palace grounds. It is located here due to the importance of the relic of the tooth of Buddha, which is encased in seven golden caskets engraved with precious gems.

The architecture of the temples and the designs inside were so beautiful and intricate, with lots of bright colours and flowers. We had a tour guide taking us through the different rooms of the temple and explaining the history behind the temple. A very interesting day out!

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14
Nov

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Elephants are so cute!

Today we flew out to Sri Lanka, where my brother was getting married. I had never been to Sri Lanka before and so was really excited. We also managed to get upgraded by Emirates on the leg between Dubai and Sri Lanka to business class, which was a massive bonus!

On arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, we found our car and headed off on the first part of our tour. My parents and I were visiting Kandy before we headed down to Galle where the wedding was going to be, so we said our temporary goodbyes to my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law at the airport.

The roads in Sri Lanka were really terrible and not exactly what you need after a long overnight flight with very little sleep. Tuk tuks were swerving in and out of cars and at times I genuinely feared for my life! However, despite really wanting to get to our hotel I managed to persuade my parents that we should stop at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on the way. I’m so glad we did because the elephants were so cute playing in the...

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This country is like nowhere I've been before!

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