SRI LANKA Day 1 – Kandy & nearby areas

 

After the “CEYLON” intro blog and the summary of our SRI LANKA Itinerary, here comes day 1.

 
Day 1 – Kandy and nearby areas
– Left the hotel at 6:30 am
– Elephant Orphanage
– Spice & Herbs Garden
– Temple of the Tooth
– Tea Estate
– Ramboda Waterfalls
–  Head home, dinner on the way @ Dee Tree
– Arrived hotel at 10:30 pm
Elephant Orphanage @ Dept. of National Zoological Garden (Colombo Zoo) www.colombozoo.lk – Pinnawalla Rambukkana

   Entrance Fee – 2500 Rupees (67 AED) – with 1 AED = 37 Rupees
The elephants are trained to carry their own food and even some logs.
We witness a big number of elephants inside the orphanage wherein they are being taken cared of the Sri Lankan people working in this place. They feed them, give them milk, tame, clean and train. We also witness milk feeding time for 5-8 months elephants and get a chance to take a picture with them. Tried to sneak a touch too, not allowed though. hehehe 🙂

Spice & Herbs Garden @ Susantha Spice & Herbal Garden
   Entrance Fee – Free
   Herbs/Oils/Creams etc – between 2000- 20,000 Rupees ++ (20 – 500++ AED or more)
A worker from the garden will tour around you and explain the different spices and herbs with its corresponding health benefits. We’ve seen cacao, small pineapples, aloe vera, garlic, ginger, lime, cinnamon and more. At the end of the tour they will guide you to their store and show you some of the products, well it is up to you if you want to take some. 
Temple of the Tooth in Kandy 
   Entrance Fee – 2500 Rupees (67 AED)
   Shoe Keeper – 100 Rupees (2.75 AED) – You need to leave your shoes because you  
have to go  inside barefoot.
This was the photo that should not be taken… (No photos should be taken against the temple – as the notice says) but the security said don’t take pictures “behind” which we mistook as the “back” of this temple…
As you buy the tickets from the booth some tour guides will approach you and will ask / charge 300-500 Rupees (10-20 AED more or less), but in our case we went inside by ourselves. No one toured us so we just try to read. We’ve watched and observed the faithful buddhist, some of them offering lotus flowers, prayed and more. Taking pictures are allowed but it’s not allowed to take a photo with your back against the buddha/statue which made us misunderstood when we were reprimanded and asked to delete the picture we took.
   Entrance Fee – Free (Donation is open) – no tipping as mentioned on site
   Tea Products –  300 – 8000 Rupees (10 – 200/500 AED) – Depending on the type of tea
you want. 
This is sea of tea plants in the area that we passed by along this day 1 itinerary.
It took us around 1 hour to reach this site going up to the hills, the way is like that of Baguio/Osmena Peak in Cebu. You will see a sea of tea plants, and a line up of pine trees that makes the atmosphere really cold. More stories about this Tea Factory visit will be shared in a separate blog.
Ramboda Waterfalls
   Entrance Fee – Free 

There were lots of small waterfalls along the way to the tea farm but as we left the place, our driver/tour guide showed us 3 big once and was able to come closer to one of them. I was in awe with the beauty of being near to Ramboda Falls and the photos will tell…
These 5 sites are our first encounter of Sri Lanka. I am making another blog about my impressions of this country and 10 other stuffs about the people, food, transporation and others… 

Among these five (5) sites, I am happy to learned about TEA. I love drinking tea and it helps to actually understand and know about how it is being processed and prepared. From 6:30 am to 10:30 pm it took us around 3 and half hours travel and another 3 hours back to our hotel. Day one is fun. I wish I could share all the photos but cant… A trivia? – we’ve taken 87 GB all in all for this trip. Will be sharing some from the cameras that we brought… See more photos of it (from my mobile phone) on Nothing but Memories – SL Day 1. (link to be given soon)

Check out our Day 1 Sri Lanka adventure video:
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Blog post by : JM Kayne

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