Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Sri lanka

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage(PEO)

PEO, a place we really enjoyed and never forget. PEO is situated in the Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka, which is about 87km away from Colombo. Pinnawala is about 3 km from Rambukkana junction on Colombo-Kandy road.

Elephants are so fascinating. There are elephants with babies, two pregnant elephants, a humongous Bull. These are all Asian elephants. The orphanage starts at 8:30am daily for the visitors. At about 10am this bunch of elephants starts walking towards Ma-Oya where they refresh with their daily bathing. Ma-Oya provides the water for drinking and bathing for these elephants. The elephant bathing at Ma-Oya provides a picturesque scene every morning and evening. Most of the visitors enjoy this scene every day while 84 elephants have their bath in this picturesque river according to their own rhythm.
There are loads of tourists here, rightfully so. The official tourist shop sells paper items made from Elephant Dung - one of the more unusual souvenirs we've seen in our travels.

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