Located on the Colombo Kandy road Kegalle Sri Lanka is a large town in Kagalle district. In the nearing regions around Kegalle you will find massive productions of Graphite, precious stones, healthy agricultural land with rice and other cultivations. Thriving well on the economy generated from agriculture mainly production of rubber Kegalle is a haven for tourists to come visit and explore its hidden treasures. Major attraction in the region is the Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
Kegalle Sri Lanka is a prime location in Srilanka known for all the initiatives taken to protect and care for the elephants in the wild. From foundations to projects catering to elephant safety and prevention mechanism from poaching, Kegalle has played a crucial role in serving as a perfect base to carry out these noble initiatives.
Things to do in Kegalle Sri Lanka and places of attraction
- Elephant freedom project will introduce you to the two rescued elephants. The experience will be there with you forever. The elephant sanctuary showcases the love and care these elephants receive and give back in return. You can interact with these wild but loving beasts. Feed, play, walk, and wash them the experience will leave you speechless.
- The millennium elephant foundation is similar to a conservatory. The wild surrounding of the region and the natural façade all add to the experience you will gain here. Unlike other claiming elephant caring centers here at the conservatory you will find elephants free of shackles and grazing around in the forest boundaries unchained. The mahout appointed from these elephants genuinely care for them and understands there need. The use of ankus’s is nil and more of the elephant’s natural behavior is entertained.
You can opt for a short trip or a long trip.
- The short trip excludes an elephant back ride but you can watch the elephants and caress them, give them a bath and feed them.
- A long trip comprises of an elephant back ride. The uniqueness of this ride is that the elephants are never on harness hence they are free form getting injured.
- Along the path through the forest you can make a stopover at the museum.
- The museum is well set with all things about the elephants
- There are clear marks showcasing the vivid pressure points of an elephant.
- The knowledge of these pressure points helps the mahouts to control the elephants.
- These points also explain the reason why the elephants touch each other repeatedly.
- At the conservatory you will also find that natural measures have been put in place to prevent elephants from wandering into the agricultural lands of the locals and destroying them unlike harsh means that might prove deadly to the elephants.
- Beehives have been put in place which not only prevent the elephants from eating away the fruits and crops but also help the farmers get a good yield of honey which they can then sell in the market.