So Much Life Left over by Louis de Bernieres

It was the long avenue of palm trees on the cover of De Bernieres’ book that attracted me to hit the ‘listen’ button on my audiobook account. I recognised it as the Royal Botanic Garden, Peradeniya near Kandy, Sri Lanka. The story is set between the wars starting in Ceylon with references to the  Tea Industry, British Garrison Cemetery and […]

Five things to do in Kandy

Kandy is the second city in Sri Lanka and often seen as the cultural hub of the island; it is busy, you don’t see people smoking on the streets and everyone I met was helpful and friendly. I chose to have a private driver when visiting and most of these ideas are his and I am grateful to his suggestions. Temple […]

Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka

This is probably the most popular landmark in Kandy so timing may make a difference to your visit. We arrived at about 10.30am along with about a million other people who were made up of both locals and visitors. Our visit coincided with a blessing time so many locals were bringing their offerings of beautiful […]