After the bus journey from Polonnaruwa to Kandy, we decided to just spend the one night here and get on the scenic rail journey to Ella the very next morning. So what to do with a late afternoon and one evening in Kandy? We took to the streets to explore the huge variety of shops and stalls.
It was here in Kandy that I got to do a little bit of souvenir shopping for my foodie friends back home and at the end of our trip, I was glad that I did it here. I saw the same things elsewhere through Sri Lanka, but this was definitely the largest and most ‘local’ market we found, and with local prices to match. Kandy’s fascinating food market seems to sprawl everywhere through the main town. Dried fish and crustaceans, spices and fresh fruits and vegetables were artistically sprawled out on the road, on tables, in boxes, on bicycles and in stores. Kitchen utensils are aplenty too, so I helped myself to some rustic ladles and spoons handmade from coconut wood. They cost me next to nothing and made great presents.
We also took ourselves to the Royal Bar and Hotel for an ice cold Lion lager and another serving of Devilled cashew nuts with curry leaves and garlic. Yum!
The long and short of it is, if you’ve only got a short stopover in Kandy, get shopping. Your friends and family will love some little Sri Lankan gifts and this is the most cost efficient place to get them.