We were all set to conquer our agenda for Day 4 of our trip at the most beautiful country Sri Lanka. Personally I loved the breakfast spread each and every day I ate appam or dosa and fresh sambal topped with shallots.
We planned to cover Dambulla Cave temple, attend a pop-up meal at Matale Heritage Centre with 25 dishes and proceed to Kandy for a cultural dance show.
It is again a great hike. We had travellers between 2-70 years old and all of us hiked up to the temple. It will take 1-1.5 hours to reach the top. The temple was donated by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddist Monks. Dambulla is a world heritage site. We loved walking through 5 different caves. Our travel guide first took us to the Golden Buddha Statue, Dambulla Golden temple which involved climbing about 500 steps and it is located downhill from the cave temple. We made it to the temple quite easily. We sat for sometime and then began the real hike to the top. Our kids loved it as they saw monkeys on the way. My 2 year old daughter was little tired so we took turns to carry her. My 5 year old was excited and he walked all the way to the top by himself. We carried a lot of water bottles as it was a hot summer day in early June.
Traditional Sri Lankan Lunch at Matale – Ena De Silva’s Home:
We highly recommend this meal if you are on your way to Kandy. You can enjoy the peaceful garden, talk to batik and embrodery artist and sit down for a delicious 25 dishes lunch meal. The meal was served in a beautiful location amidst trees and is located on a hill. . The craft centre is the place where local artists were making quality batik, embrodery, carpentry and brasswork. The centre’s kitchen makes the meal for the group (need to book a day in advance – Hema (+94-662222404) and we paid 2500 Srilankan rupees per head for a banquet of 25 dishes including rices, curries, chicken and fish. There is a video of the meal served at The Matale Heritage Center here by Asia Travel.com
Susantha Spice Garden Visit:
Lastly before our drive to Kandy we stopped at an Ayurvedic Garden. A natural medicine practioner did the tour for us and it was really informative. We purchased few products at their store. Later when I googled about the place, there was lot of articles which called it a spammer. So read those articles before you go and before you make a purchase.
Kandy Cultural Show
We wrapped the day by watching traditional Kandyan dance and fire performance by Sri Lankan dancer. It was priced at 1000 Srilankan rupees per head.
We headed to The Hotel Hill Top, Kandy for the night stay. The hotel rooms were neat but not mosquiot nets like the previous hotels we stayed.