Monday, January 6, 2014

Kandy


We spent a couple of days in the mountains, in Kandy.  We drove around the beautiful town, visited a tea factory, the botanical gardens and the Temple of the Tooth.


Kandy is Sri Lanka's 2nd largest city - though you would hardly know it!  The people of Kandy were never conquered by the Portuguese or Dutch, but unfortunately Kandy fell to the British in 1815.


The Temple of the Tooth is right on the lake.  It houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic - a tooth of Buddha which was apparently snatched from the flames of Buddha's funeral fire in 543 BC and then smuggled into Sri Lanka in the hair of a princess.

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