UK and Sri Lanka 2011 travel blog

Ella Gap

A waterfall on the roadside

Another tree at the waterfall stop

The first of the wild elephants we spotted along the roadside

Another palm squirrel

Some of the baby elephants at the elephant transit camp

More baby elephants

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The elephants were fed milk by the attendants

A view of the lagoon, near the transit camp, taken from the...

The hotel at Tissamaharama was really nice

Wednesday, January 26th – Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama

Today was quite a long drive. We set off soon after breakfast and descended from the mountains and the hill country. It was a lovely drive with some very nice scenery. We stopped to see a waterfall on the roadside and stopped for snack at a restaurant overlooking the spectacular Ella Gap.

In the mid-afternoon, as we approached the Elephant Transit Home, we passed a long section of the perimeter of Udawalawe National Park, where we saw our first wild elephant, followed minutes later by a second and then quite a few more before we arrived at the transit home a short time later.

The Elephant Transit Home was set up by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1995 to provide shelter for about thirty orphaned and abandoned baby elephants. Visitors are only allowed at feeding time and we were there for the 3pm feed.

It was really quite amusing. The elephants came in from the field and took their turns being fed milk by the young guys but one or two kept going around and joining the end of the queue hoping for second helpings, only to be chased away by one young guy with a stick. They remained unperturbed and just came back to try again.

We arrived at Tissamaharama, the starting point for tomorrow’s safari, while it was still light. The accommodation was really nice and the dinner buffet in the restaurant was good in spite of including old school lunch “favourites” like sago pudding.

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