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From the map that I’d downloaded, I could see that we were at a walkable distance from the Tooth Relic Temple. We decided to have some lunch first and walked into a mall nearby. Without many options, we decided to step out and explore some more – and it started raining! It was more of a drizzle than a downpour and we kept walking. I could see the Buddha sitting atop the tallest hill nearby looking at Kandy. As we got closer to the temple, we saw that both sides of the road were full of people. In fact, these people had made themselves comfortable sitting on mats, eating out of their picnic baskets. I hoped this wasn’t the line waiting to enter the temple – in that case, we’d have to skip it. The intensity of the rain grew and we didn’t have any umbrellas, so we went into a café nearby. After a quick lunch of burgers and sandwiches (which were delicious!), we spoke to the café owner who told us that we could get into the temple easily as this crowd was waiting for something else. It was the annual Esala Perahera festival and all these people were lined up to get a glimpse of the procession that would make its way across the city. The café guy also told us that if we were planning to leave, we should do it before 6 PM as all the roads would be blocked after that. Once again, we were treated to the Lankan hospitality as he agreed to keep our bags safe while we visited the temple (we did carry our passports and all the money - one can never be too safe).Tourists need to buy tickets to enter the temple – luckily Indians get tickets at half price here as well! We explored the temple – the tooth relic is claimed to be from Buddha himself. After we were done, we collected our bags and walked back towards the railway station Goods Shed as the bus stand was also near it. Once again, we were directed in multiple directions before finally spotting a bus to Nuwara Eliya – the last place on our itinerary. This journey would be around 2 and a half hours and we were grateful to be on the bus at its source (we got seats!!). It was late by the time we reached the bus stand at Nuwara Eliya from where we walked to our hotel. We booked a cab for the next day which would take us to Horton Plains and back. We found out that there were some Chinese students in our hotel who were also planning to go there – so we clubbed the transport to get a cheap deal!

Best Time To Visit Kandy

Best time to visit Kandy is February and from July to August

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