|Sri Lanka Train Ride|
|2nd Class carriage|
The first 2 hours of the ride brought us through the hill country. We pass through numerous tunnels, bridges, tea plantations that cover the hills like carpets, locals waving to us while the train pass through their villages and scenic view of mountains and valley beneath. It is definitely a sight not to be miss in Sri Lanka.
|Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic|
|Daily Thewawa session|
Around the temple, there is the Paththirippuwa (Octogan shape building), new Royal Palace, Audience Hall, the old palace which is now preserved as an archaeological museum and the Elephant Museum. Then we stroll to town and found a souvenir shops, we were suppose to head to the Ceylon Tea Museum but we found this shop selling many varieties of tea at a good price. Did our shopping and then head to the local market. The local market is always an interesting place to visit. There are lots of spice stalls, vegetables stalls, fruits stalls and grocery stalls. Tropical fruits are same as what we have in Malaysia like papaya, pineapple, banana, watermelon, coconut and mango but we didn't find any durian.
We finished our evening by a slow walk around the lake, it was a great site for bird watching. There were Indian Cormorant, White Egret Crane, Asian Openbill, Wood Stork, Pelican, Lesser Whistling Duck, White-Throated Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Indian Pond Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Stork-billed Kingfisher and hundreds of fruit bats hanging on the tree. We met a group of youngster who were playing musics and singing, they invited us to join them. We hung out for a while, and noticed that other foreigner tried to ignore them and walk away. I guess sometimes it is hard to differentiate between the genuine nice people and people with hidden agenda.
|White Egret Crane|
|Indian Pond Heron|
|Black-crowned Night Heron|
|Royal Botanic Garden|
|Giant Java Almond tree|
|Friendly Staff of Hotel Mango Garden|
Hotel Mango Garden – 2300rp per room/night with fan, attached toilet with hot water and wifi.
Local bus from Royal Botanic Garden - 70rp pp (2 way)
Local bus to Colombo - 160rp pp
Aircon shuttle bus to Airport - 200rp pp
Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic entrance fee - 1000rps
Royal Botanic Garden entrance fee - 1100rps