You’ll forgive me for a personal and long awaited random blog post, I hope. Kandy is a city in Sri Lanka. Its the second biggest one in the country none the less and I headed there on my tour of the island earlier in 2013. Sometimes in life though, you don’t bother to see all the sights of a city, you don’t “tick off a top 5”, you just do what you want. And that’s exactly what I used Kandy for.
My parents were over. That’s my Dad Joe and my Mum Muriel. They don’t see me much (as you can tell) and because they knew how much I was loving Asia, the only chance they had to see me in the last 18 months was to fly to Sri Lanka and join myself and my girlfriend on a backpacking journey. Don’t worry – we kind of went easy on them…
Well except for getting up at 5am for whale watching in Mirissa, getting the local rickety train to Colombo, hiking up Adam’s Peak (yes, my Dad made it to the top – so proud), a bumpy safari also a 5am wake up call and a horrendous misty drive up the mountains. They know what my lifestyle is like now.
And then we went to Kandy. For a day I just couldn’t be arsed backpacking the city. Sorry, Kandy. We had a nice hotel, spacious, comfortable, old school and fancy. Namechecking it here (and worth booking – even for a backpacker) – it’s the Queen’s Hotel in Kandy. Life was made for relaxing in places like this.
A few e-mails came through to my travel blog at the time and I had to respond to some advertisers using the wi-fi in the lobby. My girlfriend wanted to sleep and relax. My Mum the same. My Dad wanted food and a beer. So we relaxed.
Dad and I got our beers in. We also got a swim in the hotel pool. Mum and Panny relaxed.
There’s probably a top 5 things to do in Kandy somewhere. But I didn’t bother, this is my journey remember.
We did see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (I didn’t bother going inside and hadn’t even wore long trousers the day either!) and Kandy Lake and that was it.
Our time in Kandy was over in a flash and we got straight back on the trail of sightseeing as we headed away from the city for this lifetime and we did this:
A few videos I made while relaxing in Kandy, Sri Lanka:
Thanks for the memories Kandy and in case you wondered, the title of this article comes from the song “Kandy” by Ash, with the line “Kandy such a joy to me”