White Water Rafting Elephants
Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
245Trip End Ongoing
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First was the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. The orphanage was primarily designed to afford
care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle
without their mothers. In most of these cases the mother had either
died or been killed. In some instances the baby had fallen into a pit
and in others the mother had fallen in and died
foreign visitors, the income from which helps to maintain the
In an attempt to simulate the conditions in the wild, the elephants are allowed to roam "freely" during the day and a herd structure allowed to form. In the mornings the babies are fed milk, while the adults graze on the grasslands. Both in the morning and afternoon, the elephants are walked to the local river for two hours of bathing and playtime. It was quite interesting to see the animals untethered up-close and see them play and bathe in semi-freedom. Definitely worth a visit the next time you're in Sri Lanka!
As I said before, after the orphanage we traveled through Kitulgala on the way to Adam'Peak. Since this area is known for white water rafting in Sri Lanka, I decided to stop for a quick ride. As I was alone, I was hastily thrown into a raft with a group of Russians who literally could not speak a word of English. Throwing out a brief Russian greeting, I was accepted into the group and we were off
The rest of the interesting day was spent driving to Adam's Peak through the beautiful hillsides where they make the famous Ceylon tea. Tonight brings a 2:30 am wake up and steep inclines to reach Adam's Peak for sunrise!