This post is part of the series “Around Sri Lanka in 14 days”. Below are the links to my other posts about Sri Lanka.
On our way to Kandy we stopped by in Dambulla to visit the Golden temple. This temple complex dates back to the first century BCE. The Temple is a sacred pilgrimage site for already 22 centuries. The Golden Temple has the best preserved cave temple complex, the cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries. The Buddhist mural paintings covering an area of 2,100m2 are of particular importance as are the 157 statues.
The site is on the World Heritage List since 1991. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains so you get there by walking up stairs. Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Before entering the temple you have to take off your shoes and they get stored for a couple of Sri Lankan rupees in a shoe rack.
Kandy is the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city. And declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
Kandy is also the home city of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. It is believed that whoever holds the relic, hold the governance of the country. The temple sustained damage from bombings by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 1998 but was fully restored each time.
The next day we took a Tuk Tuk ride around the lake of Kandy. Kandy Lake has a perimeter of 3.4 kilometres. In the middle of the lake is an island housing the Royal Summer House. The lake was created in 1807 by the last Sinhalese King.
After the Tuk Tuk ride we took a walk and discovered a batik fabric. Downstairs we got a full explanation of how batiks are made while the artists were making the batiks. Upstairs we had the possibility to buy some batik souvenirs. The lady was not pushy at all and I bought a batik with the traditional Sri Lankan mask, which has the several techniques.
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.
If you want to read more about our adventure through Sri Lanka, then you definitely have to read my other posts about this amazing adventure! AND… I made my first travel video. Watch it on YouTube!!! Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments what you think of it!
OTHER POSTS ABOUT SRI LANKA
The South: soon online