The town of Kandy sounds like a lovely place when you hear the name, but it is far from it. The city is loud, dirty, stinky, and very busy. We escaped from the madness of the city center to accommodation up on the hill above the town. We stayed at Mango House, which was about a 15min walk from the center of town up some really steep hills. Once at the accommodation we were surrounded by forest again, and it was a lot more tranquil. We were the only people staying at the house (There are two rooms for rent), so we had the house to ourselves. It was nice to feel like we were at home again, with kettle, microwave, fridge etc, and the freedom to make your own food.
There is not a lot of attractions in Kandy, the main one being the Botanical gardens and the sacred Temple of the tooth. We were all ‘templed-out’ so did not bother with seeing another temple. However, we took a tuk-tuk to the botanical gardens on one of the days, and spent the day enjoying the tranquility and being in nature, surrounded by huge ancient trees. The gardens are large and have a wide variety of plants. We really enjoyed the many huge trees from all around the world that they have.
We found some really nice restaurants situated close to Kandy Lake, such as Cafe Secret Alley, and The Empire Cafe, which had great food. The Lake itself is nice to look at, but nothing spectacular. We did enjoy watching all the birds coming to roost in the trees around the lake and clocktower at sunset.
Three days was more than enough time for us to spend in Kandy, and we left the city by train. Our train took us to Columbo Fort station, where we then took a bus to the seaside town of Negombo, our last destination in Sri Lanka. We chose Negombo due to its close proximity to the airport.