On the drive back down from Nuwara Eliya, we passed the beautiful rural vistas seen the previous evening.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Our visit to Pinnawala was a wonderful conclusion to our animal encounters on the tour. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a place where over 80 elephants are cared for which have been abandoned or found hurt. No sooner had we parked the bus when the entire troupe crossed the road in front of us – a very wonderful sight.
We had lunch in a hotel overlooking the river frequented by the Pinnawala elephants and while lunch was being prepared, we were encouraged by the orphanage staff to go and see several elephants in the river below us. It was a wonderful encounter for those of us who did make our way downstairs.
After lunch, we went to the elephant orphanage across the road and watched two baby elephants (of around four months in age) being fed bottles of milk.
Following that, we went to the area within the orphanage where the elephants roam freely. This large field had no barriers other than a row of rocks between us and the elephants – really very natural feeling.
After around 40 minutes we returned to the hotel balcony we had eaten lunch earlier and watched the elephants return to the river. Again the orphanage staff were keen for us to go and see the elephants and have photographs taken (for a tip).
Once done, and after a bit of retail therapy in the nearby shops, we boarded the bus for Colombo, our final destination.