hotel suisse: a traditional sri lankan wedding
While Kandy sleeps, we managed to spend a night enjoying a traditional sri lankan wedding. it took place in the ballroom of the hotel suisse where we were staying, and everyone was allowed to watch from the balcony: we enjoyed some intriguing rituals were the bride, groom and family lit a special lamp, we saw real kandyan dancers, listenedto traditional and modernmusic... but most of all admired the wonderful traditional clothes that the women (and the men too) wore at the wedding. It really was an interesting night.
Dress Code: Nothing fancy, since we were onllokers. Things are different if you are invited: everyone was dressed in a really fancy (and traditional) way
Considering it's Sri Lanka's second city there's not much to do after dark in Kandy. 'The Pub' on Dalada Veediya gets busy in the evenings and there's a good atmosphere on the balcony. There's another bar at The Olde Empire just up the road. The main nightclub is Le Garage, held at weekends at Le Kandyan hotel, but this is several kilometres out of town on the road towards Perediniya. You'll need to hire a taxi or tuk-tuk for the night. Alternatively, the streets are very quiet and late evening is a good time for a walk round the lake. Take a bottle of arrack and see if there's anyone interesting about...
Kandy Firewalkers: Firewalking!!
After the Kandy Dance show, we all moved to an outdoor area, next to the theatre. Here we saw impressive firewalking.
I understand in theory why they do not get burnt feet, but I still find it hard to believe firewalking does not hurt!!
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Royal Bar: A really nice bar
This became my new hang out in Kandy a really great pub with a heritage colonial feel, there is a rather expensive hotel upstairs and fine dining area. The pub does happy hour cocktails on a friday and I so enjoyed my margarita. The food menu downstairs is snacky and themed differently each evening I really enjoyed the chicken and cashew as well as the battered mushrooms.
The boys threw a birthday party for me here and the staff were great about allowing us to decorate and bring in a cake (we shared of course with the staff)
Fergy and I enjoyed a few arracks with ginger beer (EGB) and lime many an evening. Outside there are usually tuk tuks waiting so easy to bundle yourself into one for the journey home. Not many places in kandy stay open late so the royal bar is a real find. Be aware that they do not serve drinks between 2pm and 5pm because of the Temple of the Tooth but as long as you pre-order and prepay for the drinks before the time they will serve you or so I was told.
There is no real rifraf in this bar and a big burly waiter plays bouncer outside he looks a bit scary but is a big pussy cat really.
Dress Code: Upstairs restaurant is fancy so dress code expected prices are on the high side as is the alcohol but its lovely to sit on the terrace.
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Kandy Dancing: Kandy Dancing
In Kandy we went to a Kandy Show. There was drumming, fire eating, plate spinning and Lots of Dancing with each dance telling a different story. It was very good & The evening was finished of with some fire walking.
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OTSC (Old Trinitians Sports Club): 80's Night
It's a members only club but you are able to go in as a guest by paying Rs. 50. It's quiet most days but Friday and Saturday nights there's some good 80's music being played there. (Only Place in Kandy where you can listen to some good retro) The members are very friendly and the Food and Drinks are good and cheap.
* There's a pool table.
* Giant screen showing Cable TV.
* Bar with local and international drinks.
* Garden overlooking an international Cricket ground.
It normally open from 5.00pm to 11.00pm except poya days.
Music starts around 8pm and goes on till late. (Fridays and Saturdays only)
Dress Code: No Slippers
No Street Tour Guides.
But Company Tour Guides are welcome.
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Which one? THE pub: The pub
There are basically only two pubs in Kandy and the main one is, with inspirational originality, called THE PUB. However it is a fine venue, with a balcony, upstairs bar and a downstairs are with a big screen. Definitely the favourite haunt for the Barmy Army.
Dress Code: none.
Kandyan Cultural Centre / Kandy Lake Club: The Kandy Dancers
A performance of the Kandy Dancers is a must see when you're in Kandy.
The dancers wear special clothing and masks. There are fire-spitters, traditional dancers, kolam-dancers, etc.
The performance takes about 1 hour.
Dress Code: No special dress code.
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