Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Temple Of The Sacred Tooth @ Kandy

Located approx 116 km away from Colombo, we took off on a van to the old capital, Kandy. Although the distance seem reasonable, the journey took us close to 4 hours and this included the less busy traffic on the weekend.

We hired a van instead of using a tour company and pushed off early at 8.00 (Well, we were running about an hour behind due to having a late night previously)

Upon reaching the venue on top of the hill, it was magical. You will need to make sure that you are properly dressed with skirts or shorts covering up to your knees at least. For the ladies that have mistaken this, there are sarongs for hire for about 200 rupees.

A brief walk after the security gates you will arrive at the entrance as shown below where you can purchase your entry tickets along with leaving your shoes behind. You will be able to see a few further pictures of my highlights here.

Once through the main entrance, you will come to the base where the tooth relic is stored. Thankfully we got a guide which kept us informed.

You can catch a glimpse of the roof that has the ceiling decorated with golden lotus flowers.

The picture below shows an artist impression of the princess hiding the tooth in her hair while taking it to Sri Lanka from India.

Within the grounds, there is the old palace.

One of the elephants that greeted us as we enter the site. They are getting reading for the procession in the evening.

The beautiful lake situated in Kandy with an island in the middle.

It was a worthwhile journey to get here but a bit too long of a drive especially if you are on a strict schedule like we were. It was also a bit dissapointing that you can't actually see the tooth as it is covered and in a room that is out of sight. The closest chance of you getting to view it is within its protective case being paraded on the elephants at certain times of the year.

It is also worth noting that there is apparently a ceremonial bathing of the tooth every Wednesday but I am unsure if it is open to public.

That's all for this post, I will be back in Colombo in the evening for a barbeque and a wedding the next day.

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