The beautiful elephants of Sri Lanka

There are 100 posts I could write on these beautiful creatures and my wonderful visits this year, however I just wanted to share some photos quickly.

Elephant Orphanage

This year I was lick to visit Sri Lanka and the Elephant Orphange not once, but twice in a space of 2 months. This is something I’d been waiting 12 years to do! My father visited in 2002 and how amazing that for both of our second visits, we were united there!

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We drove 2.5 hours from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, to Pinnawala, the home of these gorgeous creatures. There are still wild elephants in National Parks in Sri Lanka however this is a famous place for protecting and educating people about the amazing creatures.

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We first visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which has more than 80 elephants. Here is the place where you can feed them fruit, give the babies milk and walk down to the river after them to see them bathe for 2 hours twice daily. We went twice in the one day to do this and thoroughly enjoyed just watching the herd of elephants paddle in the stream and enjoy this gorgeous environment.

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The other incredible place, just 5 minutes down the road, is the Millenium Elephant Foundation. I was so happy to visit this wonderful organisation as I had seen some Elephants who appeared to be privately owned nearer the river going for rides and I didn’t like the way they were treated.

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This is an educational facility for teaching people about the elephants, bringing in sick elephants, and helping those in the wild that they find who need care.

With Kapela, the wonderful guide there who helped me on both my visitors. Stuhti!

With Kapela, the wonderful guide there who helped me on both my visitors. Stuhti!

We got to ride the elephant bare back (Howdah’s are not accepted here as they can hurt the elephants greatly). We then walked into the river and shared a lovely bath with this beautiful animal.

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Spending a whole day in this area is a minimum and if you have the time, stay over night and enjoy the beautiful rainforest surrounds.

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Expect more posts on this as I plan to share more photos and videos of these wonderful creatures!

Please visit the http://www.millenniumelephantfoundation.com/ and give generously to support the work they do. If you have a spare week or two, why not volunteer here!

Feeding the baby elephants

Feeding the baby elephants

 

Photos all from visit 2, June 6th 2013

(More photos to come from Visit 1 in April 2013)

About Lovelly

I'm a true traveller. Even when I'm home, I'm travelling at heart. I'm constantly looking at blog sites on travel and checking out the travel deals and you can be assured that I've got the travel and lifestyle channel on in the background. I'm fun, friendly and adventurous. I'm extremely passionate and driven and once I decide I'm doing something, there is no stopping me! I want to incorporate my passion for travel, exploring and excitement into my everyday life. So blogging it is! View all posts by Lovelly

2 responses to “The beautiful elephants of Sri Lanka

  • vwlovers

    Wow! I would just love to do this. It sounds amazing. Elephants are an absolutely amazing animal. So much beauty. Love this! thanks for posting! 🙂

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    • Lovelly

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

      I hope to post many many more blogs about these gorgeous animals! Sri Lanka was fantastic and I loved my 2 seperate days there over 2 months. Next time I’d go and stay for a few days or longer.

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