If golden beaches, rising waves, misty mountains, mighty elephants, a majestic past, lovely tea and warm smiles could sum up a country, that would be Sri Lanka.
Travel destinations in Sri Lanka provide an array of holiday experience from sun kissed beach holidays to wildlife watching and pilgrimage to some of the oldest cities in the world.
With a history expanding over 3000 years, Sri Lanka holds some of world’s most ancient cities and their once glorious townships, palaces, temples, monasteries, intricately carved and modeled out of stone lay abandoned and forgotten with time amidst the soaring jungles.
The smiles and hospitality of Sri Lanka is world famous and so is its spicy food, exotic fruits. Sri Lanka’s last kingdom the Kingdome of Kandy is a testament to the Sri Lankan’s ability to pick up and rise from ashes. After being burned and ravaged more than three times by the invading Portuguese the Kandyan Kingdom still holds beautifully carved and built houses, palaces and temple preserved for nearly 500 years.
Half way between Colombo and Kandy is the town Kegalla in the hills of central Sri Lanka. Close to it is Pinnawala. We live on a farm that is across the river from the orphanage and also used by the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage for sick elephants to get away from the herd.
We teach in a small school 2 km away from the farm. The school was closed some 10 years ago but started again a few years ago. The community is taking part in running the school and the kids are from the surrounding villages.