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Here are some pics of Kandy, our first stop in Sri Lanka after a day acclimatising in Negombo – a beach town just outside Colombo.  The journey up to Kandy was via two AC buses and quickly got us used to the fact that getting what appears to be a short distance in Sri Lanka takes a very long time.  The roads are not in the best state of repair and are totally overcrowded, the closer we got to Kandy the more chaotic the traffic – I guess we wont be getting anywhere fast in Sri Lanka!  

Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second largest city, set in the midst of hills surrounding a beautiful lake.  We did the usual tourist things, visiting the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, going to a cultural dance show and exploring the very impressive Botanical Gardens.  We were staying a little outside the city in an amazing guest house called Urban Castle run by Prassad, his family and team.  Prassad was a great source of local knowlege and helped us out with our onward travel plans.  He also organised a memorable sunset trip to a local Buddhist Hilltop temple which was definitely off the usual tourist trail.  Our next stop is a roadtrip north to the Ancient Cities.

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