Sri Lanka – Travel Diary

Below are links to the individual blog posts with pictures and details of my visits to Sri Lanka’s Colombo & Kandy. Colombo is the capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka. Kandy is built around the scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake) and is known for having the sacred Buddhist site of the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine.

Mt. Lavinia near Colombo in 2007

My visit to Sri Lanka was in 2007 when I went on invitation to speak on a Microsoft Sri Lanka event. I stayed at Mt. Lavinia Hotel (detailed blog)

Mount Lavinia Hotel and Indian Ocean
Mount Lavinia Hotel and the Indian Ocean

Colombo Sightseeing in 2010

On another invitation from Microsoft Sri Lanka, I was in Colombo in 2010 presenting at the Tech Ed 2010 Sri Lanka. In Colombo (blog), we visited the Dutch Reform Anglican Church (Galle), Gangaramaya temple, and the Independence Memorial Hall.

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Lord Buddha at the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo
Lord Buddha at the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo

Pinnawala Sri Lanka in 2010

From Colombo, on the way during a day trip to Kandy, we stopped at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which houses one of the largest herds of captive elephants in the world.

Elephant herds taking bath at Oya river, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Elephant herds taking bath at Oya river, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka

Holy Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy in 2010

After Pinnawala we went to Kandy, the city famous for having The Temple of Tooth Relic (detailed blog). Kandy was the historic capital of Sri Lanka and is at an elevation of 1500 feet above sea level.

Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy
Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy

Royal Botanical gardens, Peradeniya

The next stop was the beautiful Royal Botanical gardens, Peradeniya (detailed blog). From the entrance the garden is unmistakably British.

Sri Lanka Pond - Royal Botanical gardens, Peradeniya.
Sri Lanka Pond – Royal Botanical gardens, Peradeniya.

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