Feb 18 - Kandy

The train departed late from Columbo, but the 1st class air conditioned cabin was quite comfortable. The scenery was beautiful, with mountain and valley vistas visible from both sides. We arrived mid-afternoon, too late to go sight-seeing, so we got organized and went to dinner at The Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar at the Bamboo Gardens. First rate views and food; highly recommended. This morning, Stuart & Sheila were off to see the elephants; we chose to walk around Kandy and get a taste of the city. Kandy is a lot bigger and is more crowded than we had thought. We walked around the lake and stopped into a few shops. By noon, we had met up with S & S, and went to lunch before being dropped off at the Botanical gardens. This 147 acre area was established in 1838, and we enjoyed our time walking around. The late afternoon found us at the Mallawarchchi Cultural Show, where a very nice traditional presentation of dancing, acrobatics, and drums was performed. Dinner was at the traditional Sri Lankan restaurant Pizza Hut, where we discussed our plans going forward before returning to our hotel about 2100 hours.

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