Jon and Jo arrived in Kandy the night after us and we met them in town for dinner. It was great to see them, to have a good catch up and find out about their new house down the road from us in Bedminster.
The next day we all met up again and took a walk around the Udawatta Kale sanctuary, a protected jungle in Kandy city. We took 2 hours wandering around, getting a bit lost at times and didn’t see much wildlife unfortunately…probably because we (Jon) were (was) too noisy. We did see some wild boar though, they made us jump when they fled from us through the trees.
Next day Beth, Jon, Jo and I squeezed into a 3 seater tuk tuk and took a tour of Geragama tea factory which was surprisingly good. It’s really interesting finding out how the trees is processed.
We also went to the spice garden where they showed us and demonstrated the use of the natural medicines. Jon found out first hand that the hair removal cream was very effective. We were also given a rough head massage while they put coconut oil in our hair and a more pleasant massage when they rubbed herbal oil into our backs.
We were cultural in the evening, it must have been Jon and Jo’s influence because we went to “Kandy Dance”. It was entertaining enough….the drumming was cool but the fire eating and fire walking were a bit lame. The highlight was the fat bloke doing back flips!
Tomorrow we travel to Arugam Bay on the east coast for the golden beaches, surfing and Yala National Park.