Sri Lanka is made up of a mix of religions- Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic/Christian. They appear to be equally accepting of one another. The Kandy area is home to several temples/shrines, the most famous of all is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (yes you read that right). We started off day 2 with a visit to see about a Buddha tooth. This temple costs about $10 to visit, and there are several smaller temples on the site. Sri Lankan Buddhists believe that they are to make one visit to this temple in their lifetime- so be warned it can get quite crowded. We were probably 3 of the tallest people waiting in a line of several hundred people, and let me say if they could have, they would have pushed us over to get to the tooth. In the end we couldn't even really see the tooth, but it was still a great experience, and I took a ton of photos!!
|A Monk at Lankatilake Temple|
We also toured a Spice Farm while in the area- really awesome, but once again since this is very touristy things are priced accordingly. We ate a lovely lunch overlooking Kandy in an area called "Upper Lake" very beautiful views from there. We toured a Gem factory with beautiful jewelery, but I honestly think it's cheaper for me to buy jewelery here in Saudi, so we just browsed. We decided to really relax for our last night in Kandy, and ordered massages in our hotel room- my next blog will be about this!!