After a short stay in Negombo we caught a sweaty bus ride to Kandy. The Hill Way Tour Inn was our place of stay, which was good value for money and we managed to get two rooms next to one another with a balcony and a really nice view to share:
We stayed 3 nights but due to the tropical climate much of our plans were thrown. We decided to make a reservation for a return to Kandy and the same hotel for New Years, so we could party and reattempt the walks etc. we had planned the following day.
Dambulla looked the best option after clueing up at the Lake with our 2003 Lonely Planet book (it was cheaper!).
Close up of the Arches: