Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka's most popular attractions. Situated halfway between Colombo and Kandy, the orphanage has a population of about 75 elephants, making it the world's largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range from newborn calves to elderly matriarchs and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild. Experience the sheer delight of watching these great pachyderms frolic in the river at bath time or the baby elephants being fed twice a day.
Kandy, locally referred to as MahaNuwara(meaning The Great City), is the Hill Capital and one of the most scenic cities in the country. It is also home to one of the most revered places of Buddhist worship in Sri Lanka. The sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is housed in the temple, known as the Dalada Maligawa.
In one of Asia's most celebrated festivals, the Esala Perahera, the inner caskets housing the sacred tooth relic, is taken through the streets in a grand procession of dancers, drummers, torch bearers and over a hundred beautifully costumed elephants. Steeped in history and located at the foothills of the central highlands, the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
It is not only its places of historical significance that make Kandy a popular tourist destination, but also the shops displaying precious and semi precious stones, skillfully crafted jewellery, handicrafts, colourful batiks and silks; and of course there is the expansive Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the largest and finest in Sri Lanka.
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