Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage

Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
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Trip End Jun 05, 2008


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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Up just before 7 today so we could make the 1 1/2 hr drive to check out the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.  After we made our way through the ticket counter we walked down to the feeding area to watch the little ones get hand fed.   There were 4 bigger ones chained up (or else they would just wander off anywhere) and this tiniest baby one who could wander around at his leisure.   The biggest elephant would grab a huge stick and fling it over its back with its trunk and scratch itself with it... was very funny.    They are fed milk out of a bottle and they really suck it back so quickly!   After we patted the baby elephant and ooh-ed and aah-ed over it we wandered up to the top of the hill to see a whole heap of elephants roam around the wild, it was a fascinating sight.   There was this tiniest baby one who stuck close to his mum who we all could have taken home.    There was a bit of sexual tension amongst a few too which was stopped by the workers...   One of them only had 3 legs (due to land mines) but it had adjusted well and compensated with its other 3 when it walked.
The next thing on the agenda was to head down to the river to get a good position to be able to watch them bathe.   There were about 90 elephants that came down the narrow shop filled road to the river  - all the ladies went to bathe in one section and all the guys to another.    It looks amazing.  Some would just stand and drink, others would roll around in the water while a group of 3 walked to the other side of the river and rolled around in the sandy bank.    The trainers had a tough time keeping them all together!   I went and watched the guy elephants play and there was almost some boy on boy action happening... 
The elephants stayed down there for a little while so we headed back - stopping at a shop to watch how elephant poo paper was made.   The 2 guys in the group got the train back and the gals made our way back in the bus.  We stopped for more corn on the side of the road and also at a fruit stand.  We saw all the types of bananas Lanka has on offer (red, sour, sweet, big, little... heaps of varieties!) and we tried some local apples and a strange tasting fruit which i cant remember the name of!    
After dropping the 2 girls at the botanical gardens (no interest for me -- i kill plants) i got dropped of in the centre of Kandy to do some shopping and get on the internet.   At the first cafe the power went off after about 5 minutes and didn't look like it was in a hurry to come back on so i went to the market and wandered around the fruit, veg, fish and spice section.  I went to another internet where this time after about 10 mins the power went off again!   I was over it by now so i went for a walk around Kandy Lake and too some pics before hailing a tuk tuk and bargaining with him to take me up the hill to the hotel...  I chilled out for a bit then wandered down the hill with the gals to take some scenic shots, to buy some snacks for our train ride tomorrow before we made our way back for dinner.    Great meal of stir fry veggies - so much of the food has a big Chinese influence.!
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