Temple of the Tooth in Kandy Sri Lanka -A Truly Magnificent Site

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Temple of Tooth , Kandy | Photo via Pixabay | CC0 Public Domain

Sri Lanka, the so-called Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is a country that’s been predominantly Buddhist for thousands of years. Due to this reason, there are many spectacular ancient Buddhist sites scattered across the country and each is a wonderful representation of Sri Lanka’s impressive architecture, culture, skill, and devotion. Of the many you find here during your travels here, there is none other so iconic as the magnificent Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

Nestled between the central mountains of Sri Lanka, Kandy is a wondrous city that’s situated about 3 to four hour’s away from the commercial capital of Colombo where the Bandaranaike International Airport is. Because of the long drive and the abundance of things to do and see here, many travellers prefer to stay over at a conveniently located hotel in Kandy the likes of the Oak Ray Regency; so that they can explore in comfort and ease.

Once you’ve settled down in Kandy, you really need to visit this majestic structure and you are required to do dressed in only ‘decent clothing’ avoiding any shorts or sleeveless clothes. Also, you can only enter the temple grounds in barefoot.

The Temple of the Tooth is thus named because it houses the sacred tooth relic of the Gautama Buddha. Since of ancient times, this relic has not just been the subject of devotion but it’s also of great political importance as it is believed that whoever holds the relic, holds rule over Kandy. Due to this the relic was secretly smuggled into the country hidden in the hair of an Indian princess! After many battles, and disappearance the sacred tooth relic was housed within this spectacular temple complex by the King Vimaladharmasooriya 1st in 1592 AD. today when you pay visit here, you can see the impressive golden casket which enshrines the tooth relic. Every year during the months of July and August, this casket is taken out of the temple and paraded around Kandy is a truly amazing procession known as the Dalada Maligawa.

So, if you are in Sri Lanka, make sure to visit Kandy and its iconic Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Maligawa as it is called in Sinhalese. The temple consists of stunning ancient Sinhalese architecture and a wondrous array of Buddhist murals.

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Falconry and Saluki Show in Abu Dhabi – Experience the Ancient Hunting Techniques of the Middle East

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Falconry and Saluki Show in Abu Dhabi, Image Credit: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

The United Arab Emirates is one of the most prosperous and famous countries in the world at the moment. The nation’s cities are legendary for their architectural feats, as well as the lifestyles of the inhabitants. As modern and relevant as the country is, the locals still pride themselves in some ancient traditions. Traditions such as hunting are very popular, especially through the utilisation of trained animals. Falconry is therefore extremely popular, with the raising of Salukis following closely behind. Due to these concepts being the pride of a nation, they are showcased in elaborate events, taking place in various five star hotels Abu Dhabi has to offer such as Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

For these major shows, the birds of prey are trained extensively, usually for periods of about two months before the event. The nature of the training can vary, but some techniques involve methods such as getting the falcon to chase a moving car at speeds ranging up to eighty-five kilometres per hour for a distance of up to six or eight kilometres. Generally, such trainings are carried out at least once a day, and increased to twice a day occasionally to build stamina.

In addition to falcons, another creature that is bred for hunting is the Saluki, alternatively known as the Persian Greyhound. This particular breed of dog was used for hunting during very ancient times, and some believe that their name stems from a Sumerian word. Images of Salukis appear in pottery from ancient Mesopotamia which means that these creatures were used by people even six thousand years ago. They were known to travel with nomadic tribes through the desert.

If you ever find yourself in the United Arab Emirates, be sure to catch a show displaying the incredible hunting capabilities of these creatures. It is sure to be an experience to remember.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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Nusa Lembongan – Day trippin’ off Bali

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By Jimmy McIntyre – Editor HDR One Magazine (Nusa lembongan cliff) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Nusa Lembongan is a small island that’s located just off the south east coast of Bali. The island is small enough for visitors to walk around the entire island in just under 4 hours – at a considerable normal walking pace! Although it may be hard to step away from luxury, wellness and spa treatments that are offered in many hotels in Bali such as COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali or any other hotel in mainland Bali, make it a point to visit Nusa Lembongan as a day trip!

On Nusa Lembongan, there’s a famous little beach strip known as Mushroom Beach that’s become quite popular amongst visitors to the island as it provides for soft white sands and transparent turquoise waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving! The island itself was said to be named after a mushroom, given the shape of the coral reef offshore. The coral reefs are colourful and so lively, that there is an abundant array of marine life living here. Another popular beach on the island is known as Dream Beach, which is a secluded private beach that’s complete with powdery white sandy beaches located on the south of the Nusa Lembongan. However swimmers are advised to be careful when entering the water as there is generally a very strong rip current.

Nusa Lembongan is also quite famous for surfing, as there are quite a number of great surfing breaks. The island was actually first known as a surfing destination by many surfers, each reef break being within a short boat ride away from each other, which include Playgrounds, Lacerations, Razors and the famous Shipwrecks. The Playgrounds reef break is said to be a short paddle away from the beach and is popular with beginner surfers – so it’s the ideal spot to head to!

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+