The PoA for the day was to visit, PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE, Rambukkana before 09:15 am as they have a set time for bottle feeding the baby elephant(YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT, BUDDY) and I simply wanted to do that. No prizes for guessing that as a kid “Dumbo-The Elephant” was one of my favourite books. So, I went a little extravagant and had pre-booked my cab for the orphanage which was 102kms and 2hrs 45mins of a drive and YASSSSS QUEEN, I made it in time and fed the baby elephant with my hands (and just when I typed that I’m getting all teary-eyed and nostalgic), he let me pet him for a bit. I can’t even...
After spending an hour and a half I started my journey for Kandy which was another 42kms and almost an hour away.
On arriving in Kandy, my first stop was Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Now with full honesty, I’m not a religious person but I love to explore and learn about culture and history so I had to visit this temple known for guarding Lord Buddha’s Tooth. White on the exteriors, Roof coated in gold, this place stays crowded, as many devotees from all over the world come here to offer their prayers.
I then checked-in at Clock Inn Kandy, a hostel-cum-hotel, interiors so beautifully done and painted in teal and whites, it had me at hello! Without wasting any time I threw my stuff on my bunk and headed to the city lake and strolled around in the city, stopped for lunch at one of the oldest cafes called The Empire Cafe, Gulped down more than 10 glasses of juice. Honestly, you can try out other places as well. My major hold back? I’m a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. But on the upside, they have a nice, compact but cute outdoor seating area and super friendly staff(on learning that I’m from India, he said “Bollywood aacha lagta. Movies dekhke little Hindi seekha. Iliana bohot sunder” (I like Bollywood, learnt a little bit of Hindi from watching Bollywood movies. Iliana is very beautiful) and I, like any other Bollywood-crazy fan, couldn’t hold my happiness. Guess what, I went back to the same place for dinner. Ermmm, well! Another note to make, most places shut down around 07:00 pm, there’s barely any nightlife, out on the streets or bars/clubs so, no point staying out late and instead go back to your hostel and chill with people from around the world in the common area. Post-dinner I walked back to my hostel, on my way back via the main market I stopped by the outlet by ODEL, “Luv SL” which is the best store for buying souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones and is spread mostly all over Lanka. I bought more than 40 post-cards from there(I go crazy for post-cards). On arriving at the hostel, I booked my Day-tour for the next day with my hostel management for Dambulla Caves, Pidurangala Rock & Sigiriya Rock.