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1 Kuala Lumpur | 2 Penang | 3 Colombo | 4 Kandy | 5 Matale | 6 Sigiriya | 7 Dambulla | 8 Kandalama | 9 Trincomalee | 10 Galle | 11 Matara | Riding the Rails

4 Kandy

Photos of a few days in Kandy at Christmas, 2011.
First I stayed at Hotel Topaz on the top of a hill, then spent another two days at Queen's Hotel, next to the lake and the Temple of the Tooth. Queen's is a glorious relic of the mid-19th century and is also remarkable for having a convenient, city-centre location, unlike most hotels in Kandy.
I visited Kandy Muslim Hotel, a long-established cafe known for its kottu roti; the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, where I was refused admission to the inner sanctum because of wearing a brightly shirt - the same colour as a Buddhist monk's robe; shrines next to the temple; and the British Garrison Cemetery. I also visited Kandy Municipal Market, where I was struck by the bright colours and high quality of the fruit stalls, and saw a performance of traditional dance at the Kandyan Art Association and Cultural Centre.
I also visited Matale as a day trip (see separate gallery).
Tuktuk dashboard
Tuktuk dashboard
View from Hotel Topaz
View from Hotel Topaz
Bullock cart, city centre, and clocktower
Bullock cart, city centre, and clocktower
Kandy Muslim Hotel
Kandy Muslim Hotel
Making kottu roti, Kandy Muslim Hotel
Making kottu roti, Kandy Muslim Hotel
Downtown Kandy
Downtown Kandy
Old building, central Kandy
Old building, central Kandy
Hole in the wall shop
Hole in the wall shop
Old house
Old house
Kandy Municipal Market
Kandy Municipal Market
Fruit stall, market
Fruit stall, market
Buddhist monk, near market
Buddhist monk, near market
Weary shoppers, market
Weary shoppers, market
Shop below street level
Shop below street level
Education Department property
Education Department property
Flower stall, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Flower stall, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Approach to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Approach to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Worshippers waiting to enter inner sanctum
Worshippers waiting to enter inner sanctum
Entrance to inner sanctum
Entrance to inner sanctum
Courtyard colonade, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Courtyard colonade, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
View from temple
View from temple
Column detail, National Museum
Column detail, National Museum
Corridor, National Museum
Corridor, National Museum
Visitor to temple wearing sari with distinctive ruffle, a local characteristic
Visitor to temple wearing sari with distinctive ruffle, a local characteristic
Old Empire Hotel where I had lunch
Old Empire Hotel where I had lunch
Dining room, Old Empire Hotel
Dining room, Old Empire Hotel
Faded shophouses, central Kandy
Faded shophouses, central Kandy
Letterwriter - with typewriter
Letterwriter - with typewriter
Shrine adjacent to Tooth Relic temple
Shrine adjacent to Tooth Relic temple
Doors at shrine
Doors at shrine
Buddhist college near Tooth Relic temple
Buddhist college near Tooth Relic temple
British Garrison Cemetery
British Garrison Cemetery
Kandy lake
Kandy lake
Monitor lizards, Kandy lake
Monitor lizards, Kandy lake
Dance performance
Dance performance
Queen's Hotel
Queen's Hotel
Reception, Queen's Hotel
Reception, Queen's Hotel
Bar, Queen's Hotel
Bar, Queen's Hotel
Balconies, Queen's Hotel
Balconies, Queen's Hotel
Kandy lake at dawn, from my balcony
Kandy lake at dawn, from my balcony