Song, Dance & Home-cooked Sweets in Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy, as the second-largest city in Sri Lanka, has a rich history connected to the Sri Lankan monarchy. Today, we catch a glimpse of what traditional Kandy life is like. As we visit our local host, we’ll see what makes them quintessentially Kandy compared to the rest of Sri Lanka.
As the gateway to the Sri Lankan Highlands, Kandy is now the transportation hub to Upcountry territory. Kandy is also the center stage of Upcountry dancing. The dancing style is unique to the central hill country of the island. Stretch, limber up, and get ready to learn some new moves as an energetic dancing guru greets you at Bandula’s House. They’ll teach you the basic moves of Upcountry dancing known as “Udarata Netum”.
Compared to the mainstream touristy experience of seeing cultural shows in a theater, we’ll get a first-hand-personal experience of Kandyan dance. This fun and informative session will have travelers moving rhythmically to Kandyan folk music.
We start off by getting comfortable with the “Maendiya”, the preliminary pose of all Kandyan dances. Next, we gradually improvise our footwork and hand-movements in tune to the beat of Kandyan drums.
After working up a sweat, it’s time to taste some traditional Kandyan sweets like Peni Walalu (treacle bangles). Treacle is made from the syrup extracted from the toddy palm tree: it’s gently heated into a rich caramel. Kokis (crackers) are made using flour and mixed with mung bean or other fruits. We’ll wash it down with a cup of plain tea, the local’s favorite beverage.
Since your part of the family now, we’ll head off with Bandula & Ganga to the Golden Temple, also known as the Temple of the Tooth. We will be dressed in sarees and sarongs, just like the locals do and pay respects to the Buddha for good health and fortune. Buying some flowers from the vendors outside the temple and following Bandula inside, he will guide you on the ways Sri Lankans pay homage the Sacred Buddhist Relics. With a tranquil mind from visiting the temple and a full stomach from traditional sweets, we’ll bid farewell to your hosts Bandula and Ganga. These moments in life, spent with a local family, are unforgettable experiences which our travelers will cherish for a lifetime.
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