Kandy, Sri Lanka
We left for Kandy from Colombo and on our way we stopped by Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage which I would highly recommend visiting. Entry for foreign adults costs 2000Rs (about $20AUD), which is cheap but when you compare it to local adults seems extreme, for locals it is only 50Rs ( a bit over 50cents)! This is how is it is for most tourist places, one price for locals and another more expensive one for foreigners, which at first look seems a bit unfair but locals say Sri Lanka is a developing country and must make money from tourism and know tourists can afford those prices. They also charge you for bringing cameras, although I am not sure how much because they didn't charge us. We got in time to watch two baby elephants being bottle fed (this happens at 9.15, 13.15 and 17.00). After this we walked up a little bit and came across an amazing site; the whole herd of elephants grazing in front of the backdrop of forest. It truly was spectacular to be so close to so many elephants. We were then told to head across the street to the river where we would soon be met by the herd as they took their bath, the herd leaves for the river at 10am and 2pm and stay for about two hours. This was another amazing sight as the whole herd walks past you, and then frolics in the water, again with picturesque backdrop. Highly highly recommend going.
|Monkeys chilling by the pool, Hotel Thilanka|
|Temple of the Tooth, Kandy|