Ceylon, Serendip, Sri Lanka

It’s all the same place. We fly from Delhi to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The next day, our friends Pete and Judith arrive, after a grueling flight from Canada via London.

Welcome to Sri Lanka!

We stay in Negombo, a beach town that is closer to the airport than Colombo and a good place to recover.

Negombo Beach

Negombo is pretty low-key in comparison to the average urban tropical beach.

Except for the odd trinket-vendor, and the odd stray dog, the beach is pretty empty at this time of the year.

We watch the sun go down over the Arabian Sea

We have not seen each other in a long time.

Shiny, Happy People

Kandy is our first destination. It was the last capital of Sri Lankan royalty.

Kandy, Kandy, Kandy, I can’t let you go…’

There are still a few colonial structures around. Like the Queen’s Hotel.

Queen’s Hotel, Kandy

After arriving on the train, we make our way to our hotel.

Maria and Judith share a tuk-tuk

First stop is the Temple of the Tooth.

Also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa

At the entrance, floral offerings are sold.

Say it with flowers

The actual tooth is in here. According to Wikipedia:

The tooth relic is encased in seven golden caskets, which are engraved with precious gemstones.’

We don’t actually see the tooth

We watch the acrobatic monkeys leap from fence to tree.


The floral offerings on sale at the entrance? They end up here, at the upper level of the temple.

The afternoon monsoon rain drives us inside, where we rest on the marble floor.

It’s hip to be square

People light butterlamps, a Buddhist tradition.

Looks like my last birthday cake

Sight or Insight of the Day

We take a train from Colombo to Kandy.

We begin traveling into the hills.

We look forward to a longer train trip from Kandy to Ella.