Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy Market, Home Visit

February 4th~ Kandy, Sri Lanka

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Today is Independence Day in Sri Lanka and a national holiday to commemorate the country’s political independence from British rule in 1948. Flags are displayed everywhere. This is the equivalent to the 4th of July in the USA.

No alcohol is sold or served today.

View Point

Overlooking the town of Kandy

We made a brief photo stop at a vantage point overlooking Kandy, the lake and the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

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Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Royal Botanical Gardens

Not on our scheduled itinerary, we paid a surprise visit to this enormous park for about an hour long walk-about.

I have to try to find the name of this one

The park covers 147 acres, and includes over 4000 species of plants, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. The orchid collection is especially nice.

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Gem Lapidary

A visit to a family-owned lapidary where we learned how the gems are mined, and had the opportunity to purchase some jewelry. We also paid a visit to the silk shop next door. I did not make any purchases at either place, but bought a cute elephant necklace from a local vender.

Colorful Murals

Kandy is known for their colorful murals. They adorn many walls and are used to deter graffiti as well as putting up random posters.

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Lunch was on our own in Kandy. The stop allowed us time for a quick swing through a local market where Karen and I both purchased coconut cooking spoons.

We ate at Cafe Aroma and I can highly recommend it. The lime soda is especially refreshing.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Sri Dalada Maligawa, (aka Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) is housed in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. It is considered one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites attracting several million visitors a year, reportedly more than the Taj Mahal.

This is a place of worship where both locals and visitors bring flowers and incense as offerings.

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The tooth relic is encased in seven golden caskets which are engraved with precious gemstones. The caskets have a shape of a stupa. They are not on display.

Both the town of Kandy, and the Temple are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Evening Home Hosted Dinner

Our host and hostess on their wedding day

Welcomed into a local home, we are first treated with a performance of a local Kandayan dancer and drummer.

Kandayan Dancer in full traditional outfit

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A demonstration of how to make two local dishes including the string hoppers preceded a wonderful dinner.

Making string hoppers

I’m now on the hunt for the kitchen tool that will allow me to try making string hoppers at home. Actually, I want to make angel hair pasta with it.

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GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to have been welcomed into a Sri Lankan home and have the opportunity to learn more about their day-to-day way of life as well as see some traditional dancing.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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11 Responses to Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy Market, Home Visit

  1. joliesattic says:

    Interesting, I always pictured Kandayan dancers female, but I see he’s quite small.


  2. Everything is so colorful and interesting! Being able to meet a local family and be treated to dancing and a local meal is something most tourists don’t get to do. It sounds like a really special night.


  3. But please, what is a “string hopper”??


  4. LTodd says:

    A question about the coconut cooking spoon: Is it a spoon made of coconut or spoon you use to cook coconut? And how is it used?


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