Buddhist monks are a common sight in Sri Lanka. Their bright orange robes often clad with a matching umbrella makes them a noticeable entity. See them on public transport, shopping, in the three-wheeled ‘tuk tuks.’ Monks clearly command respect here. You are xpected to vacate your seat for a monk when one enters the bus, women are to avoid any kid of contact with them.
Many believe that the most effective way to reach a conflict resolution in Sri Lanka would be to involve the monks in the peace negotiation process at local level.
Kandy it's a great place to have real ayurvedic massages. We found a great ayurvedic clinic who's run by a former sri lankan olympic games weight-lifting gold medal. The man is massive but if you ar lucky to have him massage you, you'll be in heaven.
A massage followed by a steam bath costs about 2o dollars. The clinic is located next to the Hotel Suisse and its called Ayurvedic traditional Panchekkarma.
This is a bit of a declining tradition, but the festivities going on in early December were well advertised by the interval entertainments parading round the boundary at the cricket