This cave of Ali Baba which is the handicraft center, located on the main road heading out of West Kandy and Paradeniya Gardens. You can go with a bus that costs 11RS and a tuk tuk for about 150 Rs. It is a bit far from downtown to be able to go walking. The nice thing about this place is that it concentrates on making crafts from around the country, particularly in the region of Kandy. They are the famous wooden masks, which depending on the decor will bring happiness, prosperity, friendship or defense against the forces of evil. There are the wooden elephants and memorabilia which are some of the favorites. It's a good place if you want to buy jewelry and gemstones because you know you're in a place that is guaranteed by the government. In the market it is cheaper but often they give fake jewelry. The prices are quite expensive, but nothing to do with Europe, and there are some bargains. The masks are hand painted with natural pigments are very nice you should go there to buy things is you are in the area.
During the days of Esala Perahera festival, the streets of Kandy are very full. When I say full, I mean you cannot even walk on the sidewalks! Don't have a very ambitious programme for the day because with the traffic, the people and the transport delays, you will be worn out. As you can see from the photos, from noon people are sitting on the sidewalk, waiting for the procession to pass. The Perahera procession lasts 10 days. I starts at night, around 8, and ends at 1 am. Every day it becomes more important and more beautiful, but this means that these people, sitting around waiting from 11 am, will spend more than 12 hours there! The most important people, monks and politicians, have reserved seats. You can buy one, it is generally cheaper when the processions are about to begin, but in hotels the prices do not drop below $40.
When you buy something online and they deliver it to your house, it feels great. I was amused to see that in Galle, the traditional system actually gives you more flexibility! There's a guy delivering and selling vegetables door to door who goes around the neighborhood ringing a bell to announce his arrival. Housewives can see and touch the produce, and, of course, buy it if they please, with the convenience of not having to carry anything back home! There are a lot of these people in Sri Lanka, but generally they're set up at the corner of a block and the people have to go to them. This guy, however, goes from house to house and found it very useful.