4th December, 1935

Left Nuwara Eliya early – slight drizzle. Hood up on the care as we went down the famous Ramboda Pass. Lost most of the scenery owing to the mist which enveloped us. Dropped from 6,400 feet to 1,500 feet at Kandy. On our way called at the Melfort factory and tasted tea with the Manager, Mr Waldock. An old factory but an up-to-date manager. Arrived at the Suisse Hotel at Kandy. Had lunch there and then drove to see the elephants bathing – they appear to like the water and lay practically submerged – we could not understand how they breathed. Mac got a few snaps. Then we went on to the Peradeniya Gardens – beautiful gardens with almost every kind of plant and tree imaginable. Mr Bell’s father has been 60 years in Ceylon and was the government archaeologist. He is an authority on all ancient buildings and documents and sent a special guide to take us to the Temple of the Tooth. We are having tea with him tomorrow.

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