The Royal Park is on a hill in Kandy and it overlooks Kandy lake. In it there is a Japanese field gun, a howitzer, which was captured by the British army in W.W.II and presented to Kandy by Lord Mountbatten. He was the admiral of a fleet of ships, the Earl of Burma, Supreme allied commander of South-East Asia and in command of all of the British troops in South-East Asia during W.W.II, he was based in Kandy and had his offices just down the road from our hotel! Lord Mountbatten was Prince Philips Uncle, who is married to the Queen. He was assassinated by the IRA (Irish Republic Army-Terrorists) in his fishing boat in 1979.
Kandyan dancing originated as an all night ceremony in honour of the god Kohomba. We went to watch some at the Kandy cultural centre.
It has 5 main types of dancing:
1. Ves, in honour of kohomba, it involves lots of backflips.
2.Pantheru, they use small tambourines called pantheru.
3.Udekki, they use small drums whilst dancing.
4.Naiyandi, male dancers wear jangly chest plates.
5.vannam, it describes emotions or objects in nature like animals and plants.
All of the dances are accompanied with drummers.
We also watched some fire dancers who walked over burning coal!!