lankan chronicles: cinnamon citadel

it was raining hard when i left sigiriya and had to take two separate buses going back to kandy.  i took another bus from dambulla which was jampacked and i was standing almost half of the time during the ride.  it wasn’t a new experience anyway, have done it numerous times when i was in college in manila.

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i booked for a night stay online at a riverside hotel resort in kandy, cinnamon citadel.

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it was a few minutes ride by tuktuk from the temple of the tooth to reach the citadel.

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i was welcomed with a smile from the resort staff and was offered a seat and a cold drink at the lobby to fill up some information.  the lady who was assisting me asked on how many days have i been staying in sri lanka – i told her a few days and somehow it has been an enjoyable visit and my overnight stay at their hotel is sort of a reward for myself.

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there is a pool bar and this area became very busy at night with guests.

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i wanted to bring this home, i think it’s a candle holder.

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looks like an artifact.

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stairs going up to their buffet-style restaurant, panorama.

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the door to my room.

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i have actually requested a single queen bed but was unavailable.  but still, i loved the interiors.

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plush beddings.

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modern furnishings.

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simple but sophisticated.

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wi-fi is available and free of charge.

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the toilet and bath.

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these lights made me feel like i was inside a studio.

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bathroom toiletries.

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another view of the room, the interiors a mix of red hues and mustard.

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i noticed that i haven’t had lunch ant it was past 2 in the afternoon.  called room service and ordered a tuna sandwich.

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the rain stopped and i was able to go outside, my room is the one in the middle which offers a river view.

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the mahaweli river.

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i walked to check on the surroundings of the property.

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manicured garden.

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well maintained facilities.

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took a short nap and by night time went out to have dinner at one of their restaurants, café c.

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restaurant offers the view of the outdoor pool.

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the place looked empty, i even thought it was closed, hehe.

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a waiter appeared and offered me the menu.

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i ordered the kandyan style – regional glee.

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the dish did not gave me a good first impression but it was delicious so . . i ate everything!

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the outdoor pool illuminated with lights.

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there were a lot of guests in the bar.

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the reception.

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a part of their lobby.  talk about space!  those are woven fabric on the wall.

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the main entrance.

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cinnamon citadel kandy was awarded a certificate of excellence by tripadvisor.

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lankan chronicles: kandy crush

kandy is the second largest city of sri lanka.  i arrived mid-morning from colombo by train and went straight to the language center where my couchsurfing host was working – it was my first time to couchsurf.  i then found out that he had some important matters that suddenly came up and will be available by late afternoon.  he was apologetic and suggested to drop my bag in his office, walk around town for a while, and return then proceed to his house.

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i passed by st. anthony’s cathedral established in 1877.

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the mass just finished when i got there. there were markers on the floor and i guess these are priests who have served the cathedral and were buried beneath the church.

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the church seems to be recently renovated.

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i walked to the round lake beside the temple of the tooth.

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this buddhist temple in kandy  houses the relic of the buddha’s tooth.

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i was denied entry for wearing capri trousers.  the guard at the gate even lifted my shirt and tugged at my belt while motioning and speaking sinhalese to his buddy.  he gave me with a straight-faced “no”, and as an obedient alien (hehe!), i did not insist.

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lotus flower buds.

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the lotus is said to represent purity, faith and enlightenment.

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these flowers were being sold around the temple.  i found a gate open at the other side of the main entry and though there was a guard but he did not mind me going in – promise, he noticed me!

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devotees hearing sermon at the audience hall, built during the late 1700’s.

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the posts have intricate carvings on them but i did not took the chance to go nearer.

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footwear not allowed but . . .

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i was still wearing my shoes so i quickly went out!

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this 16-feet high buddha was a gift from india to sri lanka.  i read that it was specially carved out of a single piece of beige-colored chunar sandstone by master craftsmen.

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i noticed this signage and found it interesting so i continued walking.

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a steep climb to the cemetery road.

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the garrison cemetery was the final resting place for the brits who were in kandy during their colonization of sri lanka.

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one of the tombstones was marked 1859.

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saw a local selling candy floss.

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bought one and nibbled on this sweet thing as i went back to the office of my couchsurf host.