We woke up to the amazing views above the cloud line looking across Kandy
. Our day started with a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kandy
. There are 4000 species under cultivation with specimens from all over the world, over 60 hectares. There is an orchid house, medicine garden, palm avenues, pine avenue, memorial garden recognising world leaders and renowned visitors who have planted trees there ,the aptly named cannon ball fruit tree, the double coconut tree and lots more.In the late afternoon we went down to the Temple of the Tooth
, located next to Kandy Lake
. The temple houses a tooth of the Buddha in a casket. The casket is revealed to waiting devotees 3 times a day who offer white flowers for prayers (the tooth itself is revealed only once a year).
After visiting the temple Gin and tonics were ordered in the Queens Hotel, a colonial hotel in the centre of Kandy, while waiting for the return bus back to our hotel for dinner.