Those who know me know how much I love pachyderms. There’s something about these gentle giants that takes my breath away.
It is no surprise that my visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka will remain one of my most memorable travel experiences. The orphanage houses and cares for over 80 wild elephants that are orphaned or found abandoned. We stopped at Kegalle en route Kandy from Colombo on an overcast day.
After having spent the morning in the vast orphanage, the entire herd walks across to the Oya River to bathe. I remember having butterflies in my stomach because I could actually feel slight tremors as the herd walked along the small lane off the highway into the river. It is a sight to behold and reminds you how small and helpless human beings are in front of nature!
There are a number of restaurants that dot the lane leading upto the river. We dined at a restaurant offered panoramic views of the river and allowed guests to get up close and personal with the bathing elephants.
A memorable day, which reinforced my belief that we humans take ourselves too seriously, while being quite minuscule in the larger scheme of things. Literally :)