Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Leave the city behind in your search for the heart and soul of this special island -- a teardrop-shaped emerald off the coast of India. The countryside is green and lush, and tropical fruits and spices grow all around you.
Travel by coach into the interior to meet some rather large and extremely engaging new friends. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was created to care for baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned. Approximately 80 animals are looked after here -- fed, trained, and studied by the Sri Lankan Wildlife Authority. From the knowledgeable staff at the orphanage, you will learn all about the efforts being made to care for these magnificent mammals, as well as the ongoing battle for the conservation of their native habitats.
On the verandah of the Pinnalanda Restaurant, relax and enjoy lunch while watching the elephants as they have their daily bath at a nearby river. After the bath and your meal are both complete, return to the orphanage.
After your time at the orphanage, you will return to the pier via Train transfer.
Please note: The lunch restaurant is not air-conditioned. The elephants at Pinnawela are not tame; do not approach the animals. Train journey is approximately 150 mins in duration. Serving alcohol is prohibited in Sri Lanka on full moon days and certain religious holidays - alcohol will not be served in case of operation on those days.