Sri Lanka is a beautiful island and I came to this island just as the civil war ended. When I arrived in Colombo in Oct 2009, there was something different about the capital city. It didn’t feel like a capital city but like a beach city. There were cars, traffic, skyscrapers, however, it felt different like the wind was blowing my hair and all my worries flew away. The city puts you in a different mood altogether.
As the days went on, I was so glad that the war ended in May (5 months before I arrived) because this tear-drop island has so much to offer. There are beautiful beaches, historic temples, wildlife, culture, delicious food (and fresh seafood!), cheap shopping and most of all, friendly and laid-back people.
Apart from exploring Colombo, I visited Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, a Buddhist temple which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. And I enjoyed the drive along the beach to Galle and admired the vast area of a Dutch fort called Galle Fort.
But the one thing which I would always remember from this trip was visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage for wild orphaned elephants found wandering in the jungles of Sri Lanka, and a captive breeding place for these elephants. The main attraction of the orphanage is to observe the elephants bathing and playing by the river bank.
Here’s a special gallery of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: