Arugam Bay and Kandy (again!)

Trip Start Jul 12, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, November 24, 2003

If we paid a bit more attention to the good old Lonely Planet, we would have known that the tourist/surfing/sunshine season for Arugam Bay on Sri Lanka's east coast was well and truly over. Instead, with visions of seaside fun we headed all the way over there to find the beach overtaken with fishermen and their boats, nets, and shanty huts. It was overcast and raining, and we were the lone diners at the rooftop cafe that night - the loud techno music just didn't seem right at a dinner for two! We got to see wild elephants out in the rice paddies on our way there, so all was not lost!

The next day we headed all the way back to Kandy on three different buses, in time to catch the Australia vs England rugby final. 'The Pub' was the place to be, and was packed with mostly English and Sri Lankans, with about 4 or 5 of us Aussies, hoping so much that we'd be victorious! There was a beer sculling competition, and along with another couple and a Sri Lankan guy we were talked into participating. All fun and games - until we lost the rugby! We then ended up going on a mini Kandyan pub crawl with an Australian couple and an English couple we met, and then on to dinner which was a fun night.

The next morning we visited the botanic gardens just outside Kandy, which were amazing. There were gardens of every type under the sun, and some really unique trees, like a huge Javan fig tree with tangled roots everywhere that you could sit on, swing off or whatever! We later visited a Hindu temple back in town, and had dinner at the Olde Empire Hotel with friends made at the rugby final. We were really glad we returned to Kandy to see and experience more of what it had to offer..and not just the pubs!
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